In this letter let’s take look at what Paul has to say in regards to Christ and the Church.
- Colossians 1:1-4 (NKJV) Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ who are in Colosse: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of your love for all the saints;
This Church had strong faith in the Savior. These believers were genuine, for Paul called them “saints”. Paul rejoiced that they were faithful to Christ. Just hearing about these Christians made Paul thankful. He found himself praying for them often.
Yes, their strong faith brought a refreshing to Paul’s soul:
- faith was evidence in their prayers and
- faith was demonstrated in their giving.
Spurgeon had a saying on faith: “A little faith will bring your soul to heaven; great faith will bring heaven to your soul.”
- Colossians 1:-5-8 You do this because you are looking forward to the joys of heaven—as you have been ever since you first heard the truth of the Good News. This same Good News that came to you is going out all over the world. It is changing lives everywhere, just as it changed yours that very first day you heard and understood the truth about God’s great kindness to sinners. Epaphras, our much loved co-worker, was the one who brought you the Good News. He is Christ’s faithful servant, and he is helping us in your place. He is the one who told us about the great love for others that the Holy Spirit has given you.
Here again, Paul recognized their sincere love for all believers:
- “Their love for all saints” – this brought forth a great reputation for the church and what a lesson could be learned here for any local church.
- As a disciple, love must be what is to be worn all the time. John 13:35 “Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”
- Love is the proof that we’ve passed from death to life. 1 John 3:14 If we love our Christian brothers and sisters, it proves that we have passed from death to eternal life. But a person who doesn’t love them is still dead.
- Without love we are considered “nothing”.
1 Corinthians 13:3 “If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would be of no value whatsoever.”
Love “for all saints” should begin with those closest to us. Beginning with an active love in our homes and an active love in our church. Love will always end strife and build fellowship. No wonder Paul was refreshed by this Church, for love was flowing in and through all believers. These believers had their hope set on heaven. “You do this because you are looking forward to the joys of heaven—as you have been ever since you first heard the truth of the Good News.”
Heaven was real to these believers. This world was not their home, for they longed and lived for Heaven. These believers were laying up their treasures in heaven, which should be and is a great motivation for Christian service.
Three Questions to think about being part of “the Family”.
1. How are others affected by my faith, hope and love?
2. Do I refresh or discourage other believers?
3. What can I do to Minister to others every day?
Praying for those we love.
- Colossians 1:9-11 So we have continued praying for you ever since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you a complete understanding of what he wants to do in your lives, and we ask him to make you wise with spiritual wisdom. Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and you will continually do good, kind things for others. All the while, you will learn to know God better and better. We also pray that you will be strengthened with his glorious power so that you will have all the patience and endurance you need. May you be filled with joy.
Paul prayed that they would know God’s will and “we ask him to make you wise with spiritual wisdom”. What Paul asked for was for wisdom and this was more important than a prayer that they would not be persecuted or that they would prosper or that they would gain political power. Yes, knowing God’s will is more important than any of these.
With what “wisdom” or knowledge are you filled? Knowledge of:
1. world conditions?
2. everything in the world of sports?
3. how to succeed in business?
4. that brings academic recognition?
Are you “filled” with the knowledge of God’s will? Paul prayed that they would always honor and please the Lord as stated in:
- Colossians 1:10 “Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and you will continually do good, kind things for others. All the while, you will learn to know God better and better.”
Spiritual understanding teaches how to “honor and please the Lord”.
We gain this Spiritual understanding:
1. through prayer…
2. through Bible study…
3. through worship.
What is meant to honor and please the Lord as stated in Colossians 1:10?
To honor and please the Lord is to:
- Walk in the Spirit. Galatians 5:16 So I advise you to live according to your new life in the Holy Spirit. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves.
- Walk in love. Ephesians 5:2 Live a life filled with love for others, following the example of Christ, who loved you and gave himself as a sacrifice to take away your sins. And God was pleased, because that sacrifice was like sweet perfume to him.
- Walk as children of light. Ephesians 5:8 For though your hearts were once full of darkness, now you are full of light from the Lord, and your behavior should show it!
When we honor and please the Lord – Others notice
When we honor and please the Lord – We become fruitful in His Work.
In verse 10, Paul prayed for them what he wanted for himself, “that you will learn to know God better and better”. Paul states in:
- Philippians 3:7-10 “I once thought all these things were so very important, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the priceless gain of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I may have Christ and become one with him. I no longer count on my own goodness or my ability to obey God’s law, but I trust Christ to save me. For God’s way of making us right with himself depends on faith. As a result, I can really know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I can learn what it means to suffer with him, sharing in his death,”
Knowing God well should be our goal. An intimate relationship with Him. How do you pray for those whom you Love? Do your prayers center only on temporary things? Begin TODAY praying about our loved ones walk with God!
Love in Christ Jesus,