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Paul wants the Colossians to be informed about how he is doing and to encourage their hearts.
Colossians 4:7-11
Paul moves toward the conclusion of his letter.
Colossians 4:2-6
Even the one who has the least options is to do his work wholeheartedly to the Lord.
Colossians 3:22-4:1
The Christ-centeredness of these calls to submission and instructions to the ones in authority are radical.
Colossians 3:18-21
The overarching banner of the new person is love.
Colossians 3:12-17
Put your worldliness to death. Get rid of vice. And do not lie to your brothers and sisters.
Colossians 3:5-11
Verses 3-4 is a tri-fold ground to the command to occupy our minds with what (WHO!) matters most--Christ, our ascended and seated Lord.
Colossians 3:1-4
Man-made, religious rules have no value to curb the real problem of our fallen human nature.
Colossians 2:20-23
The centrality of Christ is what frees us from the obsession with peripheral matters.
Colossians 2:16-19
Knowing the exalted Christ is the antidote to deception.
Colossians 2:6-15
In Christ are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge!
Colossians 2:1-5
While Christ's atoning suffering is complete once for all, his sufferings continue through his servants.
Colossians 1:24-29
The purpose of gospel reconciliation is to be presented holy to the Father.
Colossians 1:21-23
All things have been created in Christ and through Christ and for Christ!
Colossians 1:15-20
Here is yet one more passage in Scripture that undermines the idea that one can be too heavenly minded to be of any earthly good.
Colossians 1:3-8
How trusting in God empowers Moses to think, choose, and act in a way that enables him to endure suffering for the sake of lasting joy
Hebrews 11:24-26
Central idea--persevere in the trials that are designed to perfect you.
James 1:2-4
God's assessment of who we are is the only assessment that ultimately matters.
1 Corinthians 4:1-5
Lord, help me to think, trust, and act like Moses when I am tempted to pursue life's fleeting pleasures
Hebrews 11:23-28
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Paul's Prayer for the Colossians
Colossians 1:9-14
Paul prays for their knowledge of God's will to the end of producing in them a lifestyle of thanksgiving for Christ.
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Published December 26th, 2016
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Having informed the Colossians in vv. 3-8 of why Paul is so thankful when he prays for them, he now informs them in vv. 9ff of what he prays for them. Paul wants them to be filled with the knowledge of God's will (v. 9). But this knowledge is not an end in itself but a means to the end of a lifestyle that pleases God (10a). This lifestyle is explained in vv. 10-11, culminating in a lifestyle characterized by a thanksgiving (11b) that is grounded in the deliverance God has granted through his Son (11-14).
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Διὰ τοῦτο καὶ ἡμεῖς, ἀφʼ ἧς ἡμέρας ἠκούσαμεν, οὐ παυόμεθα ὑπὲρ ὑμῶν προσευχόμενοι καὶ αἰτούμενοι, ἵνα πληρωθῆτε τὴν ἐπίγνωσιν τοῦ θελήματος αὐτοῦ ἐν πάσῃ σοφίᾳ καὶ συνέσει πνευματικῇ,
On account of this (namely, what Epaphras told us in vv 4-8 about the gospel coming to you), from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will with all Holy Spirit-given wisdom and understanding,
περιπατῆσαι ἀξίως τοῦ κυρίου εἰς πᾶσαν ἀρεσκείαν,
( in order that you might) walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, (that is,) fully pleasing to him,
ἐν παντὶ ἔργῳ ἀγαθῷ καρποφοροῦντες
(let me say more about this way of life that is worthy of the Lord [Jesus] and is pleasing to Him:) you are bearing fruit in every good work
καὶ αὐξανόμενοι τῇ ἐπιγνώσει τοῦ θεοῦ,
and (you are) increasing in the knowledge of God.
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ἐν πάσῃ δυνάμει δυναμούμενοι κατὰ τὸ κράτος τῆς δόξης αὐτοῦ εἰς πᾶσαν ὑπομονὴν καὶ μακροθυμίαν.
(this way of life is further explained as being) strengthened with all power, according to the might that belongs to His glory, for all endurance and patience
Μετὰ χαρᾶς εὐχαριστοῦντες τῷ πατρὶ
(this way of life also is characterized by) joyfully giving thanks to the Father,
τῷ ἱκανώσαντι ὑμᾶς εἰς τὴν μερίδα τοῦ κλήρου τῶν ἁγίων ἐν τῷ φωτί•
(the reason you give thanks to the Father is because He) has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.
ὃς ἐρρύσατο ἡμᾶς ἐκ τῆς ἐξουσίας τοῦ σκότους
( in that ) He has delivered us from the domain of darkness
καὶ μετέστησεν εἰς τὴν βασιλείαν τοῦ υἱοῦ τῆς ἀγάπης αὐτοῦ,
and (He has) transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son,
ἐν ᾧ ἔχομεν τὴν ἀπολύτρωσιν, τὴν ἄφεσιν τῶν ἁμαρτιῶν•
(now let me describe the Son in terms of what He has accomplished and who He is) In whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
(Verses 15-20, see next arc)
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