Chapter One, Lesson Two
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V. 5 ** What characteristic of the Christian life is mentioned
here at the beginning of verse five"?
** Can you find two others, mentioned in the previous verse from last
"...faith..." and "...love..."
** Do you recall any passages where these three characteristics are mentioned
1Corinthians 13:13 "...but now abide faith, hope, love, these
three; but the greatest of these is love." (possibly the best known
Romans 5:1-5 "...justified by faith..." Tribulations produce
"hope" "the love of God has been poured out within our
1Thessalonians 1:3 "work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness
1Thessalonians 5:8 "the breastplate of faith and love, and as
a helmet, the hope of salvation"
These three characteristics serve a pillars to the Christian life.
They are tightly woven together, and each serves to support the other
as they describe who Christ has made us to be.
** Looking back at the beginning of verse five, to what is Paul referring
when he uses the phrase "because of"?
Two possibilities can come to mind. First would be that Paul is completing
his statement from verse three, "We give thanks to God...because
of the hope laid up for you in heaven". The second possibility
is that he is referring to the Colossians' faith an love mentioned in
verse four, which they have... "because of the hope laid up for
you in heaven".
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