My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments. – Colossians 2:2-4
Our God speaks through the Apostle Paul as His vessel to reveal God’s own passionate and powerful purpose for all of us who have put our trust in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
God purposes us to be encouraged in heart – given strength, hope, confidence and courage at the very core of who we are. The heart, in biblical language, has a broad and deep meaning. The heart is understood to be the very center – the innermost being – of the human spirit. And from the heart flows all of our emotions, our thoughts, our motivations and our actions. Our Mighty God purposes that we should each be encouraged in our hearts. Encouraged in all that we are, in all that we feel, in all that we think, in all that we are moved by, and in all that we choose to do. Our God wants to encourage us from the inside out and all around us.
God purposes us to be united in love, by the love of our Lord Jesus Christ. God purposes for us to truly understand that we belong to each other as God’s children, as brothers and sisters in faith. God purposes for us to intentionally and actively love, care, protect and support one another because of our oneness in Christ. We are to show our unity in love with each other in deep and spiritual ways and in practical and tangible ways. We are to be known by our love for one another because of the love of God we now know for ourselves. We are to lead with love in all we do as we follow our Lord Jesus.
God purposes us to have, and to be eternally and immeasurably blessed by, the full riches of complete understanding – by all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge – found in God’s eternal truth and purpose that were once kept as a mystery, until God’s chosen and perfect timing for these treasures to be revealed:
Jesus Christ is the Living God in human form!
Jesus died for us to forgive our sins!
Jesus rose from the dead to conquer death!
Jesus will come again!
God purposes that each of us should fully know and understand, believe and live in His revealed truth and freeing grace – His holy mystery of how our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ accomplished the fullness of God’s eternal purposes to rescue and redeem His lost children!
Hold fast to all of God’s life-giving, transforming grace and freeing truth so that no one and nothing will ever be able to deceive you! Hold fast so that no LFTPOH – Lie From The Pit Of Hell – could ever warp the love, hope and freedom that Jesus Christ alone brings to our lives, for today and for all eternity!
Be encouraged! Love each other powerfully and unselfishly. Be filled with God’s lavish gifts of understanding, wisdom and knowledge that have all been made known and given to us through our Lord Jesus Christ!