Colossians – The Hope Laid up in Heaven

5 because of the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, of which you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel, 6 which has come to you, as it has also in all the world, and is bringing forth fruit, as it is also among you since the day you heard and knew the grace of God in truth; 7 as you also learned from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf, 8 who also declared to us your love in the Spirit. For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 10 that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; 12 giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light (Colossians 1:5-8 NKJV).

Vs 5 Because of the hope laid up in heaven. Remember the order that Paul taught the Hebrew Christians, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1 NKJV). The word substance could also be substituted with a word such as realization or confidence. The gospel is received by “REVELATION.” It is not an INTALECTURAL FIGURING IT OUT. It takes the “word of truth” and it takes the “Holy Spirit” for any individual to come to this realization of what God has done in Christ Jesus for the world. What the Lord has done is evidenced through a transformed life that begins with the confession of Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. That confession comes from faith and hope that is rooted and grounded in God’s eternal Word and by the power of the Holy Spirit who produces regeneration in the human spirit.

“But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, 5 not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, 6 whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life” (Titus 3:4-7 NKJV).

As I referred to earlier, “Heard in The Word of Truth of the gospel,” Again, Paul makes it clear in Romans 10:17, so then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. Romans Chapter 10 should be worked deeply into our “regenerated spirit,” and made understandable to our mind. Beginning in verses 14 through 21 we are brought into focus concerning the mysteries in the Old Testament that have now been revealed to both Jew and Gentile producing “one new man” in the earth.

Romans 10:14-21 14

How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? 15 And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written:

“How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!”

16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our report?”  17 So then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.

18 But I say, have they not heard? Yes indeed: “Their sound has gone out to all the earth, And their words to the ends of the world.”

19 But I say, did Israel not know? First Moses says:

“I will provoke you to jealousy by those who are not a nation,

I will move you to anger by a foolish nation.”

20 But Isaiah is very bold and says:

“I was found by those who did not seek Me; I was made manifest to those who did not ask for Me.”

21 But to Israel, he says: “All day long I have stretched out My hands To a disobedient and contrary people.” NKJV

Fruit inspectors:

We are called to be fruit inspectors. Is there fruit in our lives, is there fruit in our words and is their fruit in our fellowship with other believers. Throughout the teaching of Jesus, He spent time speaking about the question of fruit. One example from Jesus is found in Matthew 7:15-20

15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? 17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Therefore by their fruits, you will know them.