" . . . since the day you heard and knew the grace of God in truth."
This little phrase written by Paul to the Colossian church is interest-
ing. First of all, there was a "day" on which these churchmen "heard" the gospel. But not only did they hear the good news--they came to "know" the very "grace of God." And this was "true" knowledge--not just speculation or philosophical musing.
To "know the grace of God in truth" is to believe in, love, and em-
brace the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ. How do we "know" whether or not we "know" Christ? Deep in our hearts, do we want to "hear" His gospel preached to our souls every Lord's Day? If so, this is good evi-
dence of sincere faith, and real regeneration.
[Puritan quote of the day: "God does not bring His people into trou-
bles, and leave them there." --Thomas Watson, in, "All Things for Good"]