Colossians 1:9-14 / Godly Knowledge

Posted on March 22, 2015

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This is the third in a verse by verse exposition of the book of Colossians. This message was delivered at Hillcrest Baptist Church on the evening of March 22, 2015. This message explores the importance of having knowledge which is based on God’s Word. This post contains an audio recording of the sermon, as well as my sermon notes (sermon notes are not necessarily a complete transcript). 

SERMON AUDIO: 

Col. 1:9-14 

SERMON NOTES: 

 
v.9: 

For this reason“, because Paul had heard this good report of them from Epaphras, he continued to pray for them.

This knowledge he is praying for them is not an inner impression or feeling, but a deep and thorough knowledge of the will of God that is finally and completely revealed in the word of God. 

 
Colossians 3:16 

 
Ephesians 5:17 

 Paul was exposing the heresy of gnosticism that had infiltrated the Colossian church. Gnostics valued the accumulation of knowledge, but Paul pointed out that knowledge in itself is empty. To be worth anything, it must be rooted in the wisdom and the will of God. 

 
Proverbs 2:6 

 
Proverbs 9:10 

It is only this kind of knowledge, which comes from the Word of God, that will lead to a changed life and right living. And it is through the Bible, that God’s will is revealed. Too many people believe that they can know God’s will, without prayerful study of His Word, and they are wrong. 

v.10:
We see then, that his prayer for the Colossians was twofold:

  1. that they might have complete knowledge of God’s will and have spiritual wisdom and understanding;
  2. that their lives would be fruitful in every good work, as they learned to know God better and better.

Knowledge is not merely to be accumulated; it should give us direction for living. Paul wanted the Colossians to be wise, but he also wanted them to use their knowledge. 

v.11: 

Spiritual strength is a third factor that results from knowing God’s will and pleasing Him. A believer’s strength is according to God’s power.

2 Corinthians 12:9 

 It is precisely the strength of God, which produces the ability to endure patiently with joy. This would certainly be necessary, as they were dealing with false teachers. There is no doubt that one who purposely twists the Word of God, tries the patience of any faithful believer. 

v.12:
It is this divine Joy, which leads us to give thanks to the Father. And why not give thanks? He has “qualified” (enabled/empowered) us to be partakers in His inheritance. This is only possible through the finished work of Jesus Christ. 

Hebrews 9:12 

Ephesians 1:7 

 Were it not for Jesus Christ, the only thing we would be qualified to receive is His wrath. 

v.13: 

By His grace, we have been snatched from Satan’s darkness and been placed in the kingdom of light. 

True believers have been transferred from darkness to light, from the power of Satan to the power of God. We have been rescued from a rebel kingdom to serve the true King. Our conduct should reflect our new allegiance.

v.14:
Paul lists five benefits God gives all believers through Christ:

  1. He has enabled us to share in his inheritance.
  2. He has rescued us from Satan’s kingdom of darkness and made us his children.
  3. He has brought us into his eternal Kingdom.
  4. He has purchased our freedom from sin and judgment with his blood.
  5. He has forgiven all our sins.

Thank God for what you have received in Christ.

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