Colossians 1:9-14 Knowledge And Redemption.

Again Paul reiterates that he prays for his readers, not as a replacement for God’s work in them, but because God is at work in them. It is also no surprise that the first thing Paul thinks of is “the knowledge” of God’s will (Cf. I Cor. 1:5). Epistemology, or the study of knowledge, comes before all other questions, and the Christian foundation of this knowledge is the scriptures-“the word of truth” (v. 5). In particular, what they needed to know was God’s will, which according to Paul comes “in all wisdom and spiritual understanding” (v. 9 Cf. Rom. 12:2; Eph. 1:8). God’s will, Paul is referring to here, is not some specific voice from God we must receive for every decision we need to make. The way of wisdom comes through the application of biblical principles to all of life. This “wisdom and spiritual understanding” is that which guides us how we are to “walk worthy of the Lord” (v. 10). This is what it means to be “in the Spirit” (v. 8). Walking worthy of the Lord means doing that which pleases Him.

It is only by that revelation which the Lord has given that we can know that which pleases Him. Walking worthy of the Lord means, “being fruitful in every good work.” We should be filled and increasing in this knowledge of God (Cf. vv. 9-10). We also derive our power from God-power to live out this knowledge. By His power we are able to bear fruit consistent with the word (v. 11). His power gives us the patience and longsuffering that is required for this sanctifying work, because it is a lifelong ongoing work. However, it is also something which should be accompanied by joy. Once again Paul also gives thanks to the Father, because it is only by His sovereign will that any of this is possible. He alone has qualified us “to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light” (v. 12). His power has delivered us “from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love” (v. 13). This transfer is only made possible by redemption in the Son, and this only through the shedding of His innocent blood-“the forgiveness of sins” (v. 14).

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