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Colossians 1:9-14 - The Walking Worthy of the GOSPEL

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How we live matters. Paul charges the believers to live their lives in a manner worthy of the gospel. That is done by bearing fruit - being recognizable as a Christian and reproducing other Christians - and increasing the knowledge of God.

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Commentary on the Old Testament Image-Worship of Micah the Ephraimite, and Its Removal to Laish-Dan.—Ch. 17–18

Bethlehem was not a Levitical town. The young Levite from Bethlehem was neither born there nor made a citizen of the place, but simply “sojourned there,” i.e., dwelt there temporarily as a stranger. The further statement as to his descent (mishpachath Judah) is not to be understood as signifying that he was a descendant of some family in the tribe of Judah, but simply that he belonged to the Levites who dwelt in the tribe of Judah, and were reckoned in all civil matters as belonging to that tribe. On the division of the land, it is true that it was only to the priests that dwelling-places were allotted in the inheritance of this tribe (Josh. 21:9–19), whilst the rest of the Levites, even the non-priestly members of the family of Kohath, received their dwelling-places among the other tribes (Josh. 21:20ff.). At the same time, as many of the towns which were allotted to the different tribes remained for a long time in the possession of the Canaanites, and the Israelites did not enter at once into the full and undisputed possession of their inheritance, it might easily so happen that different towns which were allotted to the Levites remained in possession of the Canaanites, and consequently that the Levites were compelled to seek a settlement in other places. It might also happen that individuals among the Levites themselves, who were disinclined to perform the service assigned them by the law, would remove from the Levitical towns and seek some other occupation elsewhere (see also at Judg. 18:30).

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Big Idea: How we live matters. Paul charges the believers to live their lives in a manner worthy of the gospel. That is done by bearing fruit - being recognizable as a Christian and reproducing other Christians - and increasing the knowledge of God.

Colossians 1:9–14 NASB95
9 For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light. 13 For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
PRAY
REMINDERS ()
Paul
an apostle - one who is sent out
writes to Church in Colossae (saints and faithful brethren in Christ), but didn’t start this church and had not even seen most or all of them
has heard of their FAITH and LOVE which was built on their HOPE of eternal life - the gospel.
Colossian church
struggle with buffet-style heresy
Gnostics
Agnostics
Spiritists
Legalists
In a truth battle for maturity

- the SPIRITUAL REALM

Colossians 1:9 NASB95
9 For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,
For THIS REASON also - the love the Colossian church which is leading to the spreading/growing/increasing of the gospel
We have not ceased to pray - (look back to ) - this reiterates Paul’s focus and mission: TO MAKE MATURE DISCIPLES
To ask that you may be filled with
Knowledge of God’s will (same as “understood” in ) - to know reality, to acknowledge fact/truth: knowledge OF something, acknowledgement OF something (usually God, God’s word, God’s will, truth, etc)
God’s will is
Wisdom - wisdom
Understanding - intelligence, knowledge - decision making
Spiritual
Being filled - means growth, both depth and width
Growth means you become different
Growth = Change

- the PHYSICAL REALM

Colossians 1:10 NASB95
10 so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;
SO THAT you will - the reason why Paul is praying w/o ceasing for believers to be filled with the acknowledgement that God desires something, and to know what that is.
WALK - daily living, as proof that you can walk/move, to move about, to live
Worthy of the LORD - of equal weight, counter-balance
ACCORDING TO CHRIST - walk like Christ, live like Christ,
Having a desire to please Christ IN EVERY area
Increasing in EVERY GOOD WORK - evidence, growth
(Ex: Epaphras)
Growing in real knowledge, acknowledgement of God

Colossians 1:11 NASB95
11 strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously
With all power strengthened (same word for both and it is PASSIVE) according to God’s glorious power - HE IS THE POWER SOURCE
Strengthened by GOD to display:
Steadfastness - hopeful endurance
Patience - long suffering, long temper -
Ex: Jesus on the cross
What happens when we are not ‘plugged into the power source’?
What happens when we do not walk in a manner worthy of the LORD, don’t grow in understanding His will, don’t fear His name or know His commandments?
Discouraged
Retaliatory

Colossians 1:12 NASB95
12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light.
With joy giving thanks to the Father- again, takes divine power to be truly JOYFULLY THANKFUL when patience is needed. ()
Acts 5:40–42 NASB95
40 They took his advice; and after calling the apostles in, they flogged them and ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and then released them. 41 So they went on their way from the presence of the Council, rejoicing that they had been considered worthy to suffer shame for His name. 42 And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they kept right on teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.
The Father
Qualified us - to make able (WHY do we need to be made able?)
To have a portion of the inheritance (inheritance - casting lots)
Of the saints in light
Truth
Opposed to darkness (vs 13)

Colossians 1:13–14 NASB95
13 For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
The Father rescued us - to set free, to deliver
From the domain (authority) of darkness
The Father transferred us to the kingdom of His Son (Jesus is Son of God)
IN CHRIST we have
REDEMPTION - to release, effected payment on ransom (from a ransom for slaves)
The forgiveness of sins -
Colossians 2:13–14 NASB95
13 When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, 14 having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.

WHAT NOW?

The understanding of the reality of who we are, who we were, how this happened should produce in us a desire have every aspect of our daily lives please the One who paid our ransom.
Have you had your certificate of debt taken out of the way?
If so, HOW YOU LIVING?
thankfulness?
patience/endurance?
increasing, growing, maturing, changing?
bearing fruit?
Are you walking in a manner worthy of the LORD?
Are you walking in a manner worthy of the LORD?
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