I love the way Paul opens most of his letters. They’re so grandiose, so meta, so big and dynamic. This letter is no different.
Paul then affirms this truth with the folks at Colossae:
The Message is as true among you today as when you first heard it. It doesn’t diminish or weaken over time. It’s the same all over the world. The Message bears fruit and gets larger and stronger, just as it has in you.
How many things have you heard of that get larger and stronger over time? Usually, it’s the opposite, right? The law of entropy/disorder. Things left to themselves are usually falling apart, getting worse, breaking, dying, etc.
But here Paul says this message, The Message aka the Gospel, is bearing fruit in their lives, and it doesn’t diminish or weaken over time. In fact, it gets stronger and larger and better. It keeps increasing.
So, it may be fair to say, the Gospel is like wine, it gets better with time.
It may also be fair to say that the longer you live with this Gospel and truth, the longer you stay open to its working in you, the better you’ll get. Of course, your body will still age and fall apart; this isn’t the fountain of youth we’re talking about. We still haven’t found that. But your spirit, your soul, the core of you will get better and better.
That’s quite a promise. It was true for the Colossians then, and it’s true for us now.
May you live in the largeness, the strongness, and the increasing power of The Message!