The Colossians Connection

The epistle to the Colossian church expands on the description and work of Jesus Christ as mentioned in John 1:1-5. Paul did not start this church, but he had a desire to write an epistle to them. Note Col. 1:4, 9. These verses speak of their faith and love that they have toward all the saints. Paul mentions in the next verse their hope, which is laid up in heaven for them. It is the promise of eternal salvation and a mansion in the heavenlies for all believers. Note 1 Peter 1:4. The believer’s inheritance is incorruptible [It is heavenly and not earthly.]. It will not fade away. Paul tells them that he prays for them unceasingly. The purpose of the prayers is discussed in verses 9-11. He desires that they might be filled with “the knowledge of God’s will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding.” He wanted these believers to walk worthy of the promises of God. These divine blessings were more important than anything in the world. He goes on to say that they needed to be strengthened, built up and fortified with all might. They would grow in patience and longsuffering with everybody. These things would gird them up in their belief in Jesus Christ. Let us take a closer look at the things that Paul prayed for in the life of this church.

It was not being in the “know”. There were false teachers who were teaching damnable doctrines where this church was located. They needed to walk in the knowledge of the truth as found in Jesus Christ alone. Ephesians 4:2 says that walking worthy means walking in lowliness and meekness of heart and mind.  They would walk in lowliness and meekness as believers of Jesus Christ. They were not so quick to judge, but walk in love toward one another. They are to bear with one another in love. If you notice, love is mentioned many times throughout the epistles. Love is the main ingredient in all things, when talking about our walk with Jesus Christ. It is about serving and praising God. As He loved us before we knew Him. We are to walk in this same love. The love of God is shed abroad in our hearts. Romans 5:5. The hope that we have in God brings no shame. The love of God is spread in our hearts. This is a part of the ministry of the Holy Spirit, which has been given to every believer.

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