“[The truth of the Gospel] has come to you. Indeed, in the whole world [that Gospel] is bearing fruit and still is growing[by its own inherent power], even as it has done among yourselves ever since the day you first heard and came to know and understand the grace of God in truth.” Colossians 1:6 ->me: God is doing, through the gospel, what He always intended to do. He is sowing good seed in the world, and preparing to reap a harvest of human lives recreated to reflect His glory. In this self-centered age I will do well to remind myself how often Paul’s ‘you’ is plural – and that he is not merely referring to a collection of individuals, but indicating a corporate unity, the Body of Christ. During my study of this verse today there was one thing that stuck out to me – The response to the gospel will involve not only intellect but also emotions; it should also be stated that intellect and emotions, head and heart, are not simply two separate compartments without an adjoining door. Clear recognition and understanding of the genuine Christian Gospel – that God so loved the world that He gave His Son to die for it – is a most powerful igniter to full-hearted Christian love for God in return. More clearly -> Such an emotional response can in its turn fuel the desire for a deeper intellectual understanding of God’s nature and purposes….&….a deeper intellectual understanding of God’s nature and purposes can fuel desire for a stronger relationship and love for Him.