Giving Thanks in Christ
Topic: Thankfulness Passage: Colossians 1:1–1:14
Paul's letter to the Colossians deals with the tensions that the believers in Colossae had to live with. They were living in the Roman Empire--whose emperor demanded that his subjects worship him as the son of a god--but they were citizens of the kingdom of God. Their allegiance lay not with Caesar, but with Jesus Christ, the true Son of the true God.
Paul gave thanks to God for the steadfast faith of the Colossians in the face of such pressure. He re-assured them that the blessings of God are better--are truer--than the worldly benefits of the Roman Empire. The peace God gives us is truer than the peace of the Roman Empire, which was based on military might, conquest, and brutality. The bounty God gives us is truer that the prosperity of the Roman Empire, which was based on slavery and exploitation. God's blessings are for all who call on his name--unlike the Roman Empire, whose benefits were only for the few.
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