“if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister.”
Contrary belief systems constantly try to move us away from the “hope of the gospel.” Stability in the gospel is essential for solid Christian living.
“and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel “
The “hope of the gospel” (1:5) is our ultimate salvation, where all aspects of salvation will become complete (Tit. 1:2; 3:7; Heb. 6:19; 1 Pet 1:3).
“Moved away” means to change location. Some people are chronically unstable. Any wind of doctrine blows them away. They shift from one doctrine to another like the wind (Eph. 4:14). The Colossian heresy taught that their salvation needed to be supplemented by further spirituality to be saved.
Stability in the gospel is a core Christian value.
We move away from the gospel when it no longer grips our hearts. When our hearts grow cold, we are in serious trouble. Once we lose interest in the Bible, there is not much that can touch the hardened heart. Everything that God does for us comes either directly or indirectly from the Bible. There is no substitute for the Bible in our personal growth.
It is easy to drift when we row a boat or paddle a canoe. It is hard work to make progress, especially if we are going against the stream. The only thing we have to do to drift is to do nothing. If we take a little rest, we will go back. We will drift from the things of God. When the church is popular, the church is weak. The church popular has always been the church polluted. The church persecuted has always been the church powerful.