Future Worship at the East.
God uses a vision to call Paul and his companions into Macedonia, a new place for them, but one where the ground has already been prepared for their missionary work.
In the name of Jesus, Paul releases a slave from a disturbing spirit, only to find himself
imprisoned with Silas as a result. Their dramatic release later that night leads to the baptism of the jailer and his whole family.
At Pentecost, Jesus’ disciples experience being filled dramatically with God’s Holy Spirit the culmination of many centuries of waiting for the fulfillment of God’s promise, made known through Old Testament prophets.
Jesus speaks to his disciples and, in just a few words, describes the experience of God that flows from the coming of the Spirit, highlighting the threefold – or trinitarian – shape of God’s revelation.
Paul contrasts life before and after Christ. In the former, the Law was like someone who watched over us and kept us in check. But now we are all equal heirs and children of God – whatever our social status – and free to live the life of faith.
The risen Jesus appears to his disciples, first without, and then with, Thomas present. They see his wounds, receive his peace and the gift of the Holy Spirit, and learn what it means to see with the eyes of faith.
Paul encourages his hearers to make the church a place of mutual support and encouragement, always striving to do what is right. He wants them to remember that at the end of the day, all that matters is the cross of Christ and the new life that comes from it.
The letter begins by giving thanks for the faith, love and hope that characterize the church at Colossae. Paul delights in the fruit that they are bearing already I in their Christian life, and prays for the resources they need to continue growing as kingdom people.