Okay, so this post is not really part of my series on my study through Colossians.
However, as I’ve been studying through Colossians, I’ve noticed the importance that Paul places on remaining faithful, steadfast, strong, walking in Christ, etc.
For example, consider the passage below which is part of his discussion of the preeminence of Jesus:
And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister. (Colossians 1:21-23 ESV)
We like to claim the promises of this passage: reconciled, presented holy and blameless and above reproach. But, what about the warning: “if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel.”
It doesn’t seem like we can accept the promises without the warning, since Paul wrote them both. What do you think Paul meant by this?