No matter how old we get the Lord can strengthen us if we put our hope in Him. If we put our hope in anything outside of God, we are going to be sadly mistaken. We will wring our hands on judgement day. Without following peace and holiness with all men we won't see the Lord.
Epaphras established a church in Colossae.
False teachers came along in Epaphras' absence
and began to turn people away from Christ.
"You believe in Jesus? Well, that's a good start.
But Jesus isn't enough to get you all the way,"
these heretics said.
Paul's exhorts those in Colossians (and us)
to remember they are complete in Christ,
that Christ is the head of all principalities and powers.
They have no need of another or substitute mediator.
Against this background, Dave Irwin, pastor
of Salem Reformed Church in Ashley, North Dakota
shows in Colossians 4:2-4 the concepts of:
Continuing in Prayer
The Promise of Answer (Thanksgiving)
Praying for Those who Minister the Gospel
This is from the Sunday Morning Service
of Christ Reformed Church's annual Mission Fest.
Peter is finishing the letter. After multiple exhortations on the proper behavior, the mutual submission that we are all under, he has commanded them be sober and vigilant. This is because we are part of a spiritual battle, a battle that is against satan. Satan is roaring, seeking to intimidate us, threatening us, looking for those that he can devour. This isn't to say that he can take us out of the Father's hand, but that those who come close but don't fully close / finish with God will have that which they do have taken away. (Matt. 13) Join us as Peter closes the letter the same way that he opened it, focusing on God and His work. It is here that we find our comfort and peace in a world that is lost in sin.
Christians have talents and gifts that glorify Christ. We are to edify and strengthen our neighbor by speaking the truth of God in love and patience. We sacrifice, humble ourselves and pick up our cross to follow Jesus.
In speaking words of comfort to a fellow believer, the only really wise counsel is to speak words of comfort from the Word of God with Holy Spirit conviction, and not just some platitudes of "time heals all wounds" or "they are in a better place now." We need to be able to comfort others with the comfort wherewith we are comforted. It takes the spirit to relate to others spirit within the other.
The word comfort in the Old Testament tends to carry a little bit of a difference than it English word used in the New Testament. We kind of look at it from Isaiah's understanding as to mean encouragment, strengthening, and feelings of relief from situation found in. In verse 19 when He ask, by whom shall I comfort you, is He talking about the Prophet, each other (1 Thess. 2:18), or Jesu, or He(It) The Holy Spirit given to be within us.