Filled With the Knowledge of His Will
Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timotheus our
brother, To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse:
Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus
Christ. We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
praying always for you, Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and
of the love which ye have to all the saints, For the hope which
is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the
truth of the gospel; Which is come unto you, as it is in all the
world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the
day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth: As ye also
learned of Epaphras our dear fellowservant, who is for you a faithful minister
of Christ; Who also declared unto us your love in the Spirit. For this
cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for
you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will
in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;
Why is it that Christians make "pests" of themselves, trying to convert
the heathen to their ways and to kick-start lukewarm believers into action
for the redemption of their souls?
For I would that ye knew what great conflict I have for you, and for
them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the
flesh; That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love,
and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement
of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; In whom are hid
all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
Here, Paul writes a letter to the people who make up the church at Colosse,
push-pushing those who he has not even met.
Is it something like the gold strikes that were made in Barbeton, Pilgrim's
Rest and the Witwatersrand where the finders of the gold reefs became famous
for a while?
Does pride come into it because we have something that they don't have?
Probably, to a greater or lesser extent, which can be perceived by the
fruits of that person's life.
Here's the true reason:
Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God. . . . .
This is the disciple which testifieth of these things, and wrote these
things: and we know that his testimony is true. And there are also many
other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every
one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that
should be written. Amen.
The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his
servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified
it by his angel unto his servant John: Who bare record of the word
of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he
saw. Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of
this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the
time is at hand.
Yes, the Master - willing servant relationship; the only relationship
that will allow entrance into the New Jerusalem.
The relationship that causes joy both to Master and servant.
How to build up that relationship?
Like a game of soccer: God made the rules and the playing field.
I start the game with the ball at my feet. I have to play with all of my
Are you willing?
Here are the rules:
Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment;
seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day
of the LORD'S anger.
That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful
in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Strengthened
with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience
and longsuffering with joyfulness; Giving thanks unto the Father, which
hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who
hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us
into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his
blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where
Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above,
not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with
Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then
shall ye also appear with him in glory. Mortify therefore your members
which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection,
evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: For which things'
sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: In the which
ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them. But now ye also put off
all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of
your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old
man with his deeds; And have put on the new man, which is renewed
in knowledge after the image of him that created him: Where there is neither
Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond
nor free: but Christ is all, and in all. Put on therefore,
as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness
of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving
one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave
you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on charity,
which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of God rule in your
hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and
admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing
with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word or
deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God
and the Father by him. Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands,
as it is fit in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives, and be not
bitter against them. Children, obey your parents in all things:
for this is well pleasing unto the Lord. Fathers, provoke not your children
to anger, lest they be discouraged. Servants, obey in all things
your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers;
but in singleness of heart, fearing God: And whatsoever ye do, do it
heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing
that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye
serve the Lord Christ. But he that doeth wrong shall receive for
the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.
Here are the rewards:
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy
laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me;
for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor
the hour wherein the Son of man cometh. For the kingdom of heaven is
as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants,
and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to
another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several
ability; and straightway took his journey. Then he that had received the
five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other
five talents. And likewise he that had received two, he also gained
other two. But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and
hid his lord's money. After a long time the lord of those servants cometh,
and reckoneth with them. And so he that had received five talents came
and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me
five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. His
lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou
hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many
things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. He also that had received
two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents:
behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. His lord said unto
him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over
a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into
the joy of thy lord.
And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first
earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy
city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a
bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven
saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell
with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with
them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their
eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither
shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
And he said, LORD God of Israel, there is no God like
thee, in heaven above, or on earth beneath, who keepest covenant and mercy
with thy servants that walk before thee with all their heart: Who hast
kept with thy servant David my father that thou promisedst him: thou spakest
also with thy mouth, and hast fulfilled it with thine hand, as it
is this day.
(1 Kings 8:23-24)
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our
faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising
the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.