I’m reading through the Bible in a year, and every month I (try to) post about what I’ve read. Other posts this month are on 1 Kings, Ezekiel, Daniel, Ephesians, Philippians, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians and 1 Timothy.
Paul hadn’t personally been to Colossae, and the church there had been started by Epaphras, a local who’d probably been converted during Paul’s long stay at Ephesus.
Paul is thankful to God for the Colossians’ faith, love and hope. He describes Epaphras as a ‘beloved fellow servant’ and a ‘faithful minister of Christ’. What an honour!
Paul’s prayer for them (and us!) is to be filled with the knowledge of God’s will.
How? Through all spiritual wisdom and understanding.
Why? So that we may live a life worthy of the Lord and pleasing to Him.
With what evidence? Bearing fruit in every good work and growing in the knowledge of God.
Through what means? Being strengthened according to His glorious might.
To what end? So as to have great endurance and patience.
Our response? Joyfully giving thanks to the Father.
What for? Because He has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints; He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and has forgiven us. Continue reading