Patient endurance comes from our faith in Christ. What we endure on this earth is short term in comparison to eternal life in the Father’s Kingdom—the New Heaven and New Earth (Revelation 21-22).
“14 For we don’t have here an enduring city, but we seek that which is to come. 15 Through him (Jesus), then, let’s offer up a sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of lips which proclaim allegiance to his name. 16 But don’t forget to be doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.” Hebrews 13:14-16
Faith Hope and Love
The faith we have in Christ Jesus by God’s grace, the hope that is laid up for us in the heavens and the mutual love we have for one another, comforts, encourages and gives us a taste of heaven on earth. That strengthens our patient endurance.
“3 We give thanks to God the Father of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah, praying always for you, 4 having heard of your faith in Messiah Yeshua and of the love which you have toward all the holy ones, 5 because of the hope which is laid up for you in the heavens, of which you heard before in the word of the truth of the Good News 6 which has come to you, even as it is in all the world and is bearing fruit and growing, as it does in you also, since the day you heard and knew the grace of God in truth, 7 even as you learned of Epaphras our beloved fellow servant, who is a faithful servant of Messiah on your behalf, 8 who also declared to us your love in the Spirit. Colossians 1:3-8
Kingdom Relationships in the kingdom of God’s Son
Kingdom relationships on earth require patient application of the knowledge of God’s will we gain with spiritual wisdom and understanding. This leads us to walk worthy of the Lord to please him in all respects. “For we are his workmanship, created in Messiah Yeshua for good works, which God prepared before that we would walk in them” (Eph 2:10). God’s power works mightily within us. “For it is God who works in you both to will and to work for his good pleasure” (Php 2:13). He has made us fit to be partakers of the inheritance, to “inherit the Kingdom prepared for you” (MT 25:34). That is eternal life in the Father’s Kingdom (Mt 13:43; Mt 26:29), God dwelling with us in the new heaven and the new earth (Rev 21:1-7).
In the mean time, God has “delivered us out of the power of darkness, and translated us into the Kingdom of the Son of his love” (Col 1:13).
9 For this cause, we also, since the day we heard this, don’t cease praying and making requests for you, that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 that you may walk worthily of the Lord, to please him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God, 11 strengthened with all power, according to the might of his glory, for all endurance and perseverance with joy, 12 giving thanks to the Father, who made us fit to be partakers of the inheritance of the holy ones in light, 13 who delivered us out of the power of darkness, and translated us into the Kingdom of the Son of his love, 14 in whom we have our redemption, the forgiveness of our sins. Colossians 1:9-14
The Son is the image of the invisible God
- 15The Son is the image of the invisible God,
- the firstborn over all creation.
- 16For by him all things in heaven and on earth were created,
- things visible and invisible,
- whether they are kings, lords, rulers, or powers.
- All things have been created through him and for him.
- 17He himself existed before anything else did,
- and he holds all things together.
- 18He is also the head of the body,
- which is the church.
- He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead,
- so that he himself might have first place in everything.
- 19For Gods was pleased to have
- all of his divine essence inhabit him.
- 20Through the Son, God also reconciled all things to himself,
- whether things on earth or things in heaven,
- thereby making peace
- through the blood of his cross. Colossians 1:15-20 ISV cf. Heb 1:1-14
Holy Ones—Saints, the holy and glorified people of God
Saints is a kingdom word identifying believers made holy by the death of Jesus’ physical body (Col 1:22; 1 Th 3:13; Heb 10:10) and cleansed from all sin by His blood (1 Jn 1:7). God has made us holy and consecrated us to Himself in His kingdom. We saints are called to turn away from following our own will and follow Messiah Jesus our King in patient endurance.
Paul clearly shows us we were before we were born again, how we are reconciled to God. We have patient endurance as we “continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the Good News.“
21 You, being in past times alienated and enemies in your mind in your evil deeds, 22 yet now he has reconciled in the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and without defect and blameless before him, 23 if it is so that you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the Good News which you heard, which is being proclaimed in all creation under heaven, of which I, Paul, was made a servant. Colossians 1:21-23
Christ in you the hope of glory
24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and fill up on my part that which is lacking of the afflictions of Messiah in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the assembly, 25 of which I was made a servant according to the stewardship of God which was given me toward you to fulfill the word of God, 26 the mystery which has been hidden for ages and generations. But now it has been revealed to his holy ones, 27 to whom God was pleased to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Messiah in you, the hope of glory. 28 We proclaim him, admonishing every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Messiah Yeshua; 29 for which I also labor, striving according to his working, which works in me mightily. Colossians 1:24-29
“May the Lord make you to increase and abound in love toward one another and toward all men, even as we also do toward you, to the end he may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Yeshua with all his holy ones.” 1 Thessalonians 3:12-13
“And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Thessalonians 5:23
Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture quoted above is from the World Messianic Bible