Day 64~ Philippians 4- Colossians 2

If one subscribes to “once saved, always saved” theology, is Col. 1:23 perplexing at all?  
Paul writes that we were alienated from God, now are reconciled through Christ, “if you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel.” 

This verse stuck out to me because I remember back to Day 52 when I commented on 1 Corinthians 15:2.  There is an “if” sentence there as well.  I asked what you thought about that “if”….🤔 Interesting……

Epaphras, the guy who first told the Colossians about Jesus (1:7) had gone to visit Paul (probably in Rome).  It was probably Epaphras who told Paul about the Colossians faith (1:4) and also about the problems they were experiencing in the church.  Thus, Paul writes this letter to address the problems of false teaching that was happening. 
At the end of Paul’s letter to the Colossians (yes, I read ahead again 😜) he writes that Epaphras (still with Paul) is “wrestling in prayer for you, that you may stand firm in all the will of God, mature and fully assured.” (4:12).

Why would one need to “wrestle in prayer” if “once saved, always saved” is the prevailing theology?

…..Just asking these questions as food for thought……..


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