Day 67~ Col 1-4
We just read in Acts that Paul arrived in Rome and was allowed to live by himself, with a soldier to guard him. (Acts 28:16) It seems he did a lot of writing during his house arrest. He wrote yesterdays's letter to Philemon, as well as to the Colossians and Ephesians. So, that is why we are here in Colossians for our chronological reading.
This verse stood out to me today:
“All over the world this gospel is bearing fruit and growing, just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God’s grace.” ( Col. 1:6)
I mentioned before that I have two versions of the NIV (one published in 1984, the other in 2014). I’m reading the 2014 version this time through and surprisingly I notice small differences. The verse above had one of those small difference.
1984 version= “..since the day you heard it and understood God’s grace in all it’s truth.”
2014 version= “..since the day you heard it and truly understood God’s grace.”
The difference seems small, but it speaks volumes to me! Reading the 2014 version I see that one can hear truth, like it, but not truly understand how great the gift is that God is extending.
Paul clearly states that the gospel bears fruit and grows in a person only after they truly understand the grace that has been extended. This reminds me of the parable that Jesus told about 2 people in the temple praying to God. The first, a camouflaged sinner, didn’t truly understand that he needed God’s grace and forgiveness. The other, an obvious sinner, truly understood his need for forgiveness. (Luke 18:9-14) Both were in the temple, both were praying. Both “appear” to believe in a forgiving God, but one truly gets his need for help and the other doesn’t think he needs help.
Until one understands their need for a Savior- they will never truly understand God’s grace.