The Hope of the Gospel

September 10, 2017 Preacher: Matthew O'Sullivan Series: The Letter to the Colossians

Scripture: Colossians 1:21–23

Key Truth: Christ’s supremacy and sufficiency give us a steadfast hope in the midst of an ever-changing world groaning for reconciliation with God.


Q: What in your life drives you to anxiety and uncertainty? Where do you rest steadfast amidst the fray?


The Hope of the Gospel—Reconciliation with God in Christ

Colossians 1:21-23


“[Paul] takes notice also of a relationship which subsists between faith and the gospel, when he says that the Colossians will be settled in the faith only in the event of their not falling back from the hope of the gospel; that is, the hope which shines forth upon us through means of the gospel, for where the gospel is, there is the hope of everlasting salvation. Let us, however, bear in mind, that the sum of all is contained in Christ. Hence he enjoins it upon them here to shun all doctrines which lead away from Christ, so that the minds of men are otherwise occupied.”

John Calvin, Commentary on Philippians,
Colossians, and Thessalonians


Q: Have you ever wondered if you’ve lost your salvation? How did you get there? Where did you look to get you out of that dark place?


Colossians 1:21-23 teaches us that:Outside

- Outside of Christ, we are totally alienated from God and without hope in the world.  

- Christ’s supremacy and sufficiency give us reconciliation with God and a steadfast hope.

- The hope of the Gospel is the only hope for a world groaning for reconciliation with God.

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