Thankfulness and the Will of God-July 14. 2013

Thankfulness and the Will of God-July 14. 2013

Colossians 1:1-14

Do we thank God for one another?  The thankfulness in our hearts comes from our faith in God.  The gospel as it has spread to the world has been and is bearing fruit, just as it has with the Colossians.  This fruit has been growing since the day they heard it and understood God’s grace in all its truth.

We all have learned about this gospel of grace from someone who shared it with us and they should be able to see the evidence of this saving gospel in our lives.  It is because of the faith and love in the Spirit.  It was this reason that Paul was praying and asking God to fill them with the knowledge of His will…not money or anything else…through all spiritual wisdom and understanding.

Why…that we may live a life worthy of the Lord and please the Lord in every way.  What pleases the Lord…bearing fruit in every good work; growing in the knowledge of God; being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might, this is the reason we would have great endurance, patience, and joyfully giving thanks.  It is in Him that we qualified (not in ourselves or our work)…qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.

This giving thanks to the Father because he rescued us from the rule of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves.  God brings us to the kingdom of His beloved Son in Him we have redemption and forgiveness.  Bearing fruit in every good work producing great endurance, growing in knowledge of God gaining patience, strengthened in power that we joyfully give thanks.

Paul writes of his thankfulness to God because of the people’s faith and love for one another.  These came from the hope stored up for them in heaven.  It is this hope that prompts us to trust Him and Love one another because of the gospel.  It is this gospel that is bearing much fruit and growing all over the world has also come to you.  It is also doing the same in you.

Hearing is not enough, it is also the understanding God’s grace in all its truth that puts us in the best position to understand our own sin, our need for a savior, that we can trust Him and the faith, hope, and love are the marks of a Christian.  Paul shares prayers of thankfulness for the receiving of the gospel, a prayer for maturity in the gospel.  Mature fruits of love, joy peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  There is a difference between bearing much fruit and bearing mature ripe fruit.  Ripeness is being filled with the knowledge of God’s will through spiritual wisdom and understanding.

The prayer for the maturity of knowledge and living to the please the Lord not ourselves.  In living you, yourself will bear fruit in good work, grow in knowledge, and be strengthened, so that in life there will be great endurance for the work, patience as we grow in knowledge, and joy in our salvation and inheritance because of Christ not us.  As they mature they come to the realization in discerning God’s will and living for Him that not only do we need His grace for salvation, strengthen for His work, patience in daily living, and joy for in understanding that grace also bring us into the kingdom of God’s Son.

FB-The Apostle Paul in his letter to the believers in Colossae tells them that he is praying for them.  A prayer of thankfulness that the gospel has been bearing much fruit all over the world and now they also have received the gospel.  A prayer for maturity in the knowledge of the gospel.  He prayed that they would be filled with the knowledge of God.  Being filled is about maturity.  Mature (ripe) fruit is better than many unripe fruits.

A prayer for living for the Lord.  The fruit has not reached full potential until the very seed within has planted to bring forth more fruit.  Receive Him, mature in knowledge of Him, and live for Him.

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