Characteristics Of Christians–Part 2

Colossians 1:3-6: We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints, for the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel; which is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and brings forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth.

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Characteristics–distinctive traits or qualities.

Christian–a person professing belief in Jesus as the Christ; Having the qualities demonstrated and taught by Jesus Christ.

As Paul is writing to the Colossians and describing what he has heard of them we get a glimpse of the distinctive traits and qualities inherent in Christians.  These are traits or qualities existing in a Christian as a natural and inseparable quality of the “new life in Christ”.  They are distinctive in that they establish a difference between the Christian and the non-Christian.

Hope: This hope is associated with expectation or confidence and is built upon the promises of God.  Our hope is laid up for us in heaven.  Our hope is set before us and is an anchor of our soul, both sure and stedfast, within the veil.

Truth of the Gospel: The truth of the Gospel has come unto us and is in the entire world.  It makes our life fruitful.  The truth of the Gospel is the word of God that is planted in our hearts, renews our minds, and transforms our lives in order that we might bring forth fruit unto the glory of God the Father.

Fruit: Produced by the word of God being planted in our hearts, our minds being renewed, our lives being transformed and us being engrafted into Jesus Christ.  He said, “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing” (John 15:5).  We abide in Him and He abides in us.  We draw from the essence of His life and He works through us to produce the fruit in our lives.

Grace: We have received God’s grace.  This is God working in us, on us, and through us.  It is God saving us and empowering us to live our lives and minister in a way that is pleasing to Him.  God works in us both to will and to do of His good pleasure (Philippians 2:13).