Monday, May 23, 2016

Who Is Jesus Christ As The Son Of God? Colossians 1:9-14

Who Is Jesus Christ As The Son Of God?

Colossians 1:9-14 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

I want you to get “smart”. That is I want you to acquire wisdom and understanding. You must learn to live life worthy of your father’s admiration and live to please him.

A good life has specific characteristics or appearance. First a life worthy of God bears fruit. That is a productive life of self-sufficiency that reflects God’s dwelling in you for others to see. Secondly it is a life where you grow in knowledge of Him. Your relationship to him changes as you learn and apply the truth to your life. Good times and bad, stressful situations and frustrating people are used by God to teach, train and grow you in relationship to Him as you grow in relationship to others. Submission to this knowledge of him will impact your life and the world around you. Lastly, a good life reveals in you a supernatural strength with power. It is not a power that we are to use in abusing others or to manipulate life so as to get what we want. It is a power to glorify him, continue to follow his leading and to endure and enrich your world and the lives of people he brings your way. This power is made perfect in the love you characterize for others. In the end your life reflects your joyful thanks to Him who has begun a mighty work within you. If you grow in the grace of these three areas, then you are in the process of renewal that brings eternal life both now and forever more. 

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