PAUL’S PRAYER FOR THE COLOSSIANS

PAUL’S PRAYER FOR THE COLOSSIANS
Colossians 1:9-14

INTRODUCTION
A. Paul assured the Christians in Colossae that he offered thankful prayers for the blessing they had received (1:3-8).
1. In 1:9-14 he prays for their spiritual insights and productivity through good works
2. His purpose for such a prayer was that they, by being strengthened, might patiently and joyously serve God, who had qualified them to share in the inheritance with all the saints in the Light (vs. 11-12).
3. They had been delivered from the domain of darkness and brought into the kingdom of Jesus, in whom they were redeemed and forgiven of their sins
B. Paul prays for…
DISCUSSION
A. THEIR KNOWLEDGE AND SPIRITUAL WISDOM (1:9)
1. “For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray and make request for you,”
a. Since the day Paul heard of their conversion to Christ, he prayed in their behalf.
b. His prayers included the petition that they might be…
2. “filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,”
a. He did not pray that they have a knowledge of human reasoning or philosophy, or even that they should obtain knowledge of secular subjects.
b. It was his earnest prayer that these brethren should obtain a full knowledge of God’s will, which implies that they could learn God’s will.
1) Ephesians 5:17
2) 2 Timothy 2:15
3) Hebrews 5:12-14
4) 2 Peter 3:18
c. Their knowledge of God’s will was to produce wisdom and spiritual understanding.
d. One could be filled with knowledge but still be foolish; wisdom is that capability to use knowledge properly.
1) Knowledge for the sake of knowledge is worse than useless; it is dangerous (1 Cor. 8:1).
2) Spiritual understanding is the possession of a practical knowledge of God’s will. Gaining knowledge of the principles of God’s truth gives us wisdom.
3) Hebrews 5:14
4) Knowledge of the Bible is profitable to our souls if it produces wisdom and spiritual understanding.
a) Spiritual understanding is a comprehension of spiritual truths.
b) Wisdom is the ability to put our spiritual understanding into practical use.
e. This is a key to a proper spiritual map – knowledge of His will
3. Paul prays that they…
B. THEIR CHRISTIAN WALK AND FRUIT BEARING (1:10)
1. “walk worthily of the Lord unto all pleasing,”
a. Walking worthy of the Lord was not contingent on miraculous gifts, but on knowledge of God’s will.
1) Without knowing (possessing and comprehending the truth) God’s word, we cannot live so as to be worthy of God.
2) To be worthy of the Lord is to live in harmony with His will.
3) Ephesians 4:1
4) 1 Thessalonians 2:12
b. “Unto all pleasing” does not mean that we are to please everyone, but that we are to please God in all things.
1) Pleasing God is the primary aim of every right-thinking person. It may be impossible to please our fellowman, but any faithful Christian is pleasing to God.
2) 2 Corinthians 5:9
3) 2 Timothy 2:4
c. Paul also prayed that they might be…
2. “bearing fruit in every good work,”
a. By gaining greater knowledge of God’s word, we enhance our capacity for good works
b. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
c. Good works are essential to our being well-pleasing to God.
d. Ephesians 2:10
e. Titus 2:11-14
f. John 15:1-6
g. Paul also prayed that they might be…
3. “increasing in the knowledge of God;”
a. To increase in the knowledge of God is to so increase in the knowledge of His will that we may understand better what good works are, and how they are to be performed.
b. Everything that seems good to a man’s own eyes is not good in the eyes of the Lord. Hence what God orders is the only standard of good
1) Isaiah 55:8-9
2) Proverbs 16:25
3) Jeremiah 10:23
4) 2 Timothy 2:15
4. Paul prays that they be…
C. THEIR SPIRITUAL STRENGTH (1:11-12a)
1. “strengthened with all power, according to the might of his glory,”
a. Somehow his prayers for them could encourage or promote spiritual strength in them.
b. The statement itself does not show how that strength was to be obtained by them.
c. Physical strength is obtained and maintained by proper food, rest, exercise, and care. Spiritual strength has the same requirements.
1) The proper food for spiritual strength is the word of God (1 Pet. 2:2).
2) The proper care includes forgiveness of sins: for the alien (John 8:24; Luke 13:3; Acts 8:37; 22:16) and for the erring Christian (Acts 8:22; 1 John 1:9; James 5:16). Care also includes words of comfort, encouragement, and rebuke (2 Cor. 1:4; 1 Thess. 5:14).
3) Proper exercise for the soul includes serving and worshiping God, studying his word, developing all the Christian graces, and following God’s word (Heb. 5:12-14; 2 Pet. 1:5-11; Jas. 1:21-25).
4) Proper rest is to be found in developing a strong, comforting trust in the promises of God. We can find rest in his promises (2 Tim. 1:12).
d. The glorious power of God operates through His inspired word and in his providential assistance. That power is able to do things we are unable to fully comprehend.
1) Hebrews 4:12
2) Ephesians 3:20
3) Philippians 4:19
e. God is able to provide…
2. “all patience and longsuffering with joy;”
a. These qualities are part of the strength which His power is able to provide.
b. Paul prayed that these traits might be enhanced in the saints at Colossae.
1) “Patience” is the ability to endure, to remain steadfast.
a) Hebrews 12:1
b) Knowing God’s word is essential to enduring temptations, persecutions, and the ordinary struggles of life.
2) “Longsuffering” is the ability to put up with discouragements, distresses, or aggravations.
a) Ephesians 4:1-3
b) God was long- suffering with Noah’s generation (1 Pet. 3:20-21); He suffers long with men today (Rom. 2:4; 2 Pet.3:8-15).
3) “Joy” is that trait of happiness which permeates our whole attitude and conduct. We gladly suffer troubles and heartaches for the cause of Christ.
a) We are not to have a depressed or complaining nature, but find great pleasure in worshiping God, serving Christ, and helping others.
b) Hardships will naturally come, but we look past the present and rely on the promises of God
c) John 16:33
c. Because God provides patience and longsuffering we are to be “Giving thanks unto the Father”
4. Paul prays for…
D. THEIR ENTRANCE INTO THE KINGDOM OF LIGHT (12b-13)
1. “who made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light”
a. One who obeys the gospel is fitted (made meet) to obtain the inheritance of saints.
b. If one refuses to follow the instructions of the gospel, he remains disqualified (unsuited) for the inheritance!
Obedience does not earn for us the inheritance; it simply qualifies us to receive it.
1) John 1:11-12
2) In this passage, we are told that faith in Christ gives us the power – the right, the authority – to go on to become children of God.
3) In John 1:12, the word translated power [exousia] is used in the following verses, which illustrates the meaning of the term:
a) Acts 5:4
b) Romans 9:21
4) At the point of our obedience to the gospel, we are forgiven of all past sins; we thus have the Lord’s continuing forgiveness of subsequent sins as we walk in the light of his word (1 John 1:7- 10).
5) As we continue to follow the will of God, fulfilling our duties, living as we are taught, worshiping God in spirit and in truth, and growing in his grace and knowledge, the ultimate inheritance is waiting for us in heaven (1 Pet. 1:3-9).
6) Acts 20:32
2. “Who delivered us out of the power of darkness,”
a. The subject of this part of Paul’s sentence is God. The Father has delivered us from the power of darkness, and has translated us into his Son’s kingdom. Those who are thus translated are the saints of God.
b. Prior to the translation, the individuals identified were under the control of Satan (“the power of darkness”) – they were citizens of Satan’s kingdom. Now they have been delivered from Satan’s domination, and have become servants of Christ.
3. “and translated us into the kingdom of the Son of his love:”
a. The kingdom of Christ is identical to the church of Christ.
1) When the Lord gave the promise to build his church, he also spoke of the church as the kingdom, using the two terms interchangeably.
2) Matthew 16:18-19
3) The church is also identified as the body of Christ (Col. 1:18; Eph. 1:22-23).
b. The fact that Paul and the Colossians had been translated into the kingdom, proves that the kingdom was in existence! The establishment of the kingdom was not future; it was present in fact.
4. Paul prays for…
E. THEIR FORGIVENESS AND OURS IN CHRIST (1:14)
1. “In whom we have our redemption [through his blood - KJV]“
a. To redeem is to buy back; to pay the purchase price; to pay a ransom. Christ paid the redemption price for sin; the price He paid was His blood (His life).
1) Titus 2:14
2) Hebrews 9:12
3) 1 Peter 1:18-19
b. Redemption is identified in the text as…
2. “the forgiveness of our sins:”
a. There are several New Testament words which are parallel, even though their specific definitions are different.
1) Remission of sins … Acts 2:38
2) Salvation … Mark 16:16
3) Redemption … Colossians 1:14
4) Forgiveness … Acts 13:38
5) Justification … Acts 13:39
b. Redemption is in Christ, a reference to the spiritual location in which all spiritual blessings are given.
1) Ephesians 1:3
2) We enter Christ by baptism.
a) Romans 6:3-4
b) Galatians 3:27
CONCLUSION

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ACTS OF KINDNESS

Too often, we think that giving our lives to God is like taking a $1,000 bill and laying it before, saying, “Here’s my life, Lord. I’m giving it all to you.” But the truth of the matter is that God sends us to the bank and tells us to cash that $1,000 bill in for quarters. And then we go through life giving away twenty-five cents here, fifty cents there, and so on. Instead of watching a ball game, we spend some time visiting a lonely person in a nursing home, or someone in the hospital. Instead of sipping coffee and reading the newspaper, we read the word of God that we might have the knowledge we need to tell others of His salvation and help. Instead of playing games on the computer, we listen to a friend tell us about their problems, even though we’re tired and have problems of our own to deal with.

These are the moments in which God can work through us to help another human being, to feed the hunger of the heart and spirit, and to show them the narrow way leading to heaven. We may not consider these to be spectacular, earth shattering events, but these are the things we can do to bring meaning and significance to our lives, and the lives of others.

“Show forth the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light” (1 Pet. 2:9). Let us be like Jesus who “went about doing good” (Acts 10:38), and who would do and teach (Acts 1:1). Every act of kindness and compassion is significant.

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Have A Great Day!

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GROUCHES

Outside a small town in New Mexico is a sign that reads as follows: “Welcome to Portales, New Mexico, home of 12,493 friendly folks and 8 or 10 grouches.”

Isn’t that the way it is everywhere? There are always a few negative folks around to tell you that Murphy’s laws will ruin everything. I like the story about the little boy who was trying to raise some money by collecting old bottles, going door-to-door in his neighborhood. When he came to the home of a woman who was the “town grouch,” the little boy asked, “Do you have any coke bottles?” “No,” she replied with a scowl. Then he said,””Do you have any old whiskey bottles?” “Young man,” the woman replied, “Do I look like the type of person who would have old whiskey bottles?”

The little boy studied her for a moment and then asked, “Well, surely, then, you must have some old vinegar bottles?”

Isn’t it tragic that some people go through life so negative and sour and bitter? And if you don’t watch out, they will infect you with their thinking. How can we live positively in this world where much is discouraging?

How can we develop a positive spiritual outlook? Consider the following:
1) Have unwavering faith in God (Heb. 11:1-6)
2) Be goal oriented (Phil. 3:13-15)
3) Trust in the power of God (Eph. 3:20)
4) Have mountain moving faith (Mt. 17:20)
5) Believe all things work together for good to those who love the Lord (Rom. 8:28)
6) Renew our minds daily (Rom. 12:1-2)
7) Believe that God answers prayers (Jam. 5:16)
8) Have a good self-image (Rom. 8:12-17)
9) Take one day at a time (Mt. 6:34)

Think About It!

Have A Great Day!

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THE HARRIS AND MOORE EXPEDITION THROUGH THE bIBLE

Tune in tonight (and each Monday) to the Harris and Moore Expedition Through The Bible at 7:00 PM CST as we continue studying the Christian Graces. Tonight we will be studying “Temperance or Self Contol.” Tune in at http://www.thegospelradionetwork.org or http://www.harrisandmoore.org. On the radio you can tune in at KATX 97.7 FM, KNNK 100.5 FM, and KQMK 1680 AM.

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WHY I AM A MEMBER OF THE CHURCH OF CHRIST #10

INTRODUCTION
A. Review…
B. I am a member of the church of Christ because it teaches that a child of God can so sin as to be eternally lost.
C. The doctrine that a child of God cannot so sin as to be eternally lost is one that is very prevalent in the denominational world today.
1. A host of people find false comfort in this doctrine.
2. And, I believe that this doctrine leads to apathy, and in many instances – immorality.
C. But what does the Bible says about such a doctrine?
DISCUSSION
A. THE BIBLE TEACHES THAT A CHILD OF GOD CAN FALL AND BE LOST
1. There are things for Christians to do to keep from falling
a. 2 Peter 1:10
b. “Give diligence … sure”
c. Do what things?
d. Do the things mentioned in the previous five verses
2. The Corinthian Christians were admonished to take heed lest they fall.
a. 1 Corinthians 10:12
b. If a person cannot fall, why give this command?
c. There is no need for such a command is a person cannot fall from grace
3. Paul knew that is was possible for him to be rejected
a. 1 Corinthians 9:27
b. Paul knew that it was possible for him to be lost; and to prevent it, he disciplined his body
4. A child of God can quit believing and when he does he will start falling … Hebrews 3:12
5. The Galatians were taught that a Christian can fall from grace
a. Galatians 5:4
b. In attempting to be justified by the law of Moses they became guilty of a complete apostasy.
c. It is not only possible for one to fall from grace, it actually happened.
6. A person can so sin as to be eternally lost, because he can so sin as to be in a worse condition than he was before he became a Christian.
a. 2 Peter 2:20-22
b. Notice:
1) The had escaped the defilements of the world
2) They were again entangled therein and overcome
3) The last state is worse than the first
7. The parable of the sower emphatically refutes the doctrine of the impossibility of apostasy (Mt. 13:3-8, 18-23; Lk. 8:4-15)
a. The seed in the parable is the word of God (Lk. 8:11)
b. The sower is the gospel teacher or preacher (1 Cor. 3:6)
c. The soil is the human heart (Lk. 8:15)
d. The stony heart in this parable represents those who accepted the word but withered because of tribulation or persecution (Mt. 13:20-21; Lk. 8:13)
1) They became Christians but failed to produce fruit
2) Their appointed lot is recorded in … Matthew 7:19
e. The thorny ground represents those who became Christians, but were choked out by the cares of the world and became unfruitful (Mt. 13:22; Lk. 8:14)
1) These accepted the word but later fell
2) This parable is a forceful warning to Christians that they can fall and be lost
8. The parable of the vine and the branches is more proof that a child of God, a Christian, can be eternally lost
a. John 15:1-6
b. Those who are “in Christ,” Christians, if they do not bear fruit will be cast into the fire – into the fires of hell
9. We learn from the parable of the talents that a servant of the Lord can be lost (Mt. 25:14-30)
a. The persons under consideration are the Lord’s own servants
b. Two were faithful and were blessed; and one was unprofitable and wicked, and the Lord commanded him to be cast into outer darkness
c. Therefore, one of the Lord’s own servants can be eternally lost.
10. Jesus said that He would gather ones out of His kingdom and cast them into the furnace of fire.
a. Matthew 13:41-42
b. The citizens of Christ’s kingdom, Christians, who cause stumbling and do iniquity shall be cast into the furnace of fire.
11. Jesus said that He would spew the Laodiceans out of His mouth
a. Revelation 3:15-16
b. Spewed out of Christ! So we can get out of Christ!
12. Paul said that men would apostatize or fall away from the faith
a. 1 Timothy 4:1-2
b. It is an evident conclusion that they had the faith or they could not have departed from it
c. As a result … 1 Timothy 5:12
B. AN EXAMINATION OF SOME “SO CALLED” PROOF TEXTS
1. John 5:24
a. This verse is used by many to say that the believer has eternal life now, and is therefore impossible for him to be lost.
b. The obedient believer has eternal life in two senses:
1) In promise (1 Jn. 2:25)
2) And he has Jesus who is the “eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us” (1 Jn. 1:2)
c. The Bible teaches that we do not now have eternal life
1) Titus 1:1-2 … we do not hope for what we have … Romans 8:25
2) Romans 2:6-7 … eternal life is something that will be rendered
3) Eternal life is received in the world to come (Mk. 10:30)
2. Another “so-called” proof text is 1 John 3:9
a. Many denominations use this verse in an attempt to prove that a child of God cannot sin as to be eternally lost.
b. John says that the person cannot sin because the seed abides in him.
1) The seed is the word of God (Lk. 8:12)
2) The devil, though, can steal the word out of a person’s heart (Lk. 8:12)
c. John is not teaching in this verse that it is impossible for a Christian to sin, because he teaches in other verses that he can:
1) 1 John 1:7
2) As long as man does what the Bible says he will not sin … sin is a transgression of the law (1 Jn. 3:4)
3. One more “so-called” proof text is John 10:27-28
a. We need to realize that these precious promises are conditional upon the person following Christ … “they follow me”
b. Notice what Jesus says in the 12th verse of this same chapter … John 10:12
c. God’s promises are conditional!!!
CONCLUSION
Are you living up to God’s conditions?

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BASKIN’ ROBBINS

Two robins were sitting on a branch high in a tree. One looked down and saw a field full of worms. Turning to the second bird he said, “We ought to go down there and eat.” “Good idea,” said his friend.

The two of them flew down to the field and ate their fill and then some. When he could eat no more one said to the other, “You know, we ought to stop eating and fly back to our branch.” Rubbing his belly the second responded, “Yep.” With that they tried to fly to their branch in the tree, but they had eaten too much to get off the ground. The second one said, “Maybe we should just stay here and relax in the sun.” Before long the two birds slept, basking in the afternoon sun.

As they slept, a cat happened upon the field. Seeing the birds, sleeping, and oblivious to his presence, the cat pounced. As feather’s settled around him, the cat rubbed his belly, and said, “There is nothing better than Baskin’ Robbins.”

It is a poor pun, but there is spiritual value. Throughout Israel and Judah’s history, they were physically blessed at times. It was during these times that they would often forget God. Amos warns his hearers, “Therefore I will cause you to go into captivity beyond Damascus, saith Jehovah, whose name is the God of hosts. Woe to you who are at ease in Zion…” (Amos 5:27-6:1). The people thought all was good, and they sat back, enjoying the good things in life, forgetting God, and neglecting obedience. We must always remember from whom blessings come, and seek to obey Him.

The birds also forgot about the cat. They forgot to be watchful. Peter warns, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8).

The lesson of this modern parable is this: The field is the world with its pleasures. The birds are you and I. The cat is our enemy the devil. When we focus too much on what this world has to offer, we forget to trust in God, and we become easy targets for the devil.

Think About It!

Have Great Day!

Tom Moore
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