In Today's Reading:
Mystery made manifest; the supremacy of Christ; reconciliation in Christ; Christ in you, the hope of glory, warning against false teaching; Christian virtues; Christian families
As we continue reading God's Word with a desire to please Him in all of our decisions, the Holy Spirit guides us into a deeper revelation of His will and His ways. There is no limit to the understanding, strength, and endurance that are made available to every Christian. Christ alone, through His Word, can reveal and meet all of our spiritual needs. To help us grasp the importance of this, Paul wrote: We . . . 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; 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 (qualified) to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints (believers) (Colossians 1:9-12). Notice how often the word all is used — all wisdom . . . all pleasing . . . all might. . . all patience.
What follows is the practical expression of the new life in Christ for all believers. Buried with Him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with Him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised Him from the dead. And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath He quickened (made alive) together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses (2:12-13). As evidence of this new life as Christians, Paul encouraged the new believers to mortify (treat as dead) therefore your members (physical nature) which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness (sexual immorality), inordinate affection (lust), evil concupiscence (desire), and covetousness, which is idolatry: For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience (3:5-6).
The Christian's strength in fulfilling God's will is the result of letting the Word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom. . . . 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 (3:16-17).
1:12 made us meet to =b> qualified us to; 1:13 translated =b> transferred; 1:23 settled =b> firmly grounded; 2:4 beguile =b> deceive; 2:23 will worship =b> self-imposed efforts at worship; 3:5 Mortify =b> Treat as dead; concupiscence =b> evil desire; lust; 3:22 singleness =b> sincerity; 4:1 just and equal =b> right and fair.
Pray for Bible Pathway Media Producer: Rick Hash • Government Official: Rep. Ray LaHood (IL) • Country: Suriname (431,000) on the northeastern coast of South America • Major languages: Dutch and English • Very limited religious freedom • 27% Hindu; 22% Roman Catholic; 20% Protestant; 20% Muslim; 6% witchcraft and spirit worship • Prayer Suggestion: Praise the Lord with all of your heart, and tell others of the marvelous things He has done (Psalm 73:28).
Memory Verse for the Week: Hebrews 12:14