“In Col. 1:6 [Paul] is placing all the emphasis upon the fact that by God’s power and grace it is the gospel itself that is thus bearing fruit and growing…The gospel never depends on man, not even on Paul. It is God’s work in which he is pleased to use man.”
“It is of no small thing to be the world’s only light, to be the fulfillment of centuries of ancient prophetic promises, to be heralding the Day of the Lord, to hold the message of history in your hands and to be the world’s one and only answer. It is our indescribable privilege to be caught up by the Holy Spirit in the greatest movement in history—the proclaiming of Christ to every tribe, people, and nation.”
Thanksgiving and Prayer
3 We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, 4 since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, 5 because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel, 6 which has come to you, as indeed in the whole world it is bearing fruit and increasing—as it also does among you, since the day you heard it and understood the grace of God in truth, 7 just as you learned it from Epaphras our beloved fellow servant.[a] He is a faithful minister of Christ on your[b] behalf 8 and has made known to us your love in the Spirit.
Colossians 1:3-8 "Gospel Growth"
Executive Director, Sovereign Grace Churches