Colossians 1. Forum Discussion

Seven steps to following God

The book of Colossians is only 4 chapters long. It was written by Paul during his first Roman imprisonment in approximately 60-61 AD.

There are two main themes discussed in Paul’s letter to the brethren in Colossae:

  1. Christ is the head over all rule and authority. – Colossians 2:10.
  2. Christ is the basis for the believer’s hope. – Colossians 1:5.

The first thing to notice in Chapter 1, is the mindset of Paul as he writes from prison. He is not serving himself or his own needs, he is reaching out to serve others. In this case, he is reaching out to help people that he never met. The topics that are on Paul’s mind and in his heart are revealed to us by what he asks God for in his prayer for the Colossians. In verses 9-14, Paul prays that the Colossians will:

  1. Be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding.
  2. Walk in a manner worthy of the Lord.
  3. Bear fruit in every good work.
  4. Increase in the knowledge of God.
  5. Be strengthened with all power.
  6. Attain steadfastness, defined as: “Firm in belief, determination, or adherence. Firmly fixed in place, immovable, not subject to change.”
  7. Attain patience.

If we look at the seven bullet points above, we can develop an outline for Christian living that may serve us well over the course of our lives.

  1. Be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding. This is a great place to start one’s walk with Jesus. To serve God properly, we need to study the Bible and learn His commandments. Jesus said in John 14:15, “If you love Me, you will keep my commandments.” To keep His commandments, we need to invest the time to learn what those commandments are.
  2. Walk in a manner worthy of the Lord. While we can never walk as Jesus walks, we can strive to be like Him in the decisions that we make and the way that we treat others. Jesus said in His Sermon on the Mount (Mathew 5:48), “Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” We can never be perfect like our Lord and Savior is, but we can try to be perfect. The character is in the trying. There is an old saying, “If you chase perfection, you just might catch excellence.” Striving to follow Jesus’ perfect example allows us to reach our potential and to glorify God.
  3. Bear fruit in every good work. John 15:7-8 says, “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.  My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples.” The more we study and feel God’s love, the more we will want to take actions to demonstrate our love for Him. As we read the Bible, our faith will begin to grow. Romans 10:17 says, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” God wants us to take our faith and turn it into action. James 2:18 says, “But someone may well say, ‘You have faith and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works.’” Jesus said in Mathew 7:20, “You will know them by their fruits.”
  4. Increase in the knowledge of God. We will never reach a point in our lives where our learning and development as Christians is complete. There is always more to learn and more to do. Jesus Himself would often go to a quiet place to pray to His Father. That was a long time ago, before cell phones, the internet, 24-hour TV, and so many of today’s distractions. God wants us to take the time to get to know Him better. He wants us to go to a quiet place and be in His word. Psalms 32:8 says, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you.
  5. Be strengthened with all power. If we allow God’s plan to work in our lives, and do not let ego, or selfish desires get in the way, He will bless us with a stronger faith and a stronger impact on those around us. We need to remember what Paul wrote in Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” When we are walking with Jesus, we are strengthened by His power, and His power is stronger than anything that Satan or the world will ever throw at us.
  6. Attain steadfastness. Being a child of God and a follower of Jesus is not a sprint, it is a marathon. God wants to be the top priority in our lives. As Satan tries to tempt and distract us, we need to remember what Jesus said is the most important commandment, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and foremost commandment.” – Mathew 22:36-38. No matter what is going on around us, we need to stay the course and continue to trust in God’s plan for us. Galatians 6:9 says, “Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.” Hebrews 12:1-2 says, “Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,  fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
  7. Attain patience. As we see the power of God working in our lives, it will be exciting. There will be things that we hope for ourselves and things that we want to do for others. We need to let things happen on God’s timeline, not our timeline. There will be suffering and adversity along the way. God uses these experiences to strengthen and to teach us. Hebrews 12:6 says, “For those whom the Lord loves He disciplines.” Romans 5:3-5 says, “But we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance;  and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope;  and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. When things are hard, we need to hang on and rely on God’s strength and love to see us through. If we do that, we can be sure of two things: 1) That God is faithful; and will not allow us to be tempted beyond what we can bear (1 Corinthians 10:13) 2) That whatever suffering we endure will be worth it. Romans 8:18 says, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.”

We will end today’s study with a quote from the preacher, Charles Spurgeon:

“‘Fruitful in every good work.’ Here is room and range enough – in ‘every good work.’ Have you the ability to preach the gospel? Preach it! Does a little child need comforting? Comfort it! Can you stand up and vindicate a glorious truth before thousands? Do it! Does a poor saint need a bit of dinner from your table? Send it to her. Let works of obedience, testimony, zeal, charity, piety, and philanthropy all be found in your life. Do not select big things as your special line, but glorify the Lord also in the littles – ‘fruitful in every good work.’”

Thank you for joining us today. Please join us again tomorrow as we look at Colossians 2 and how Jesus is the head over all rule and authority. May God’s blessings be upon you until then. Amen

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Michael

I believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God. I also have experienced that not every situation that happens in life can be easily related to a Bible verse.

There are some things that we just need to feel our way through, with the Holy Spirit and prayer to guide us.

The God, Jesus and Holy Spirit are One.

That’s the concept of the Trinity that can be hard to wrap our arms around.

But we can understand how the Holy Spirit, God and Jesus never contradict one another and are always in agreement.

The Holy Spirit helps us to feel things for which we may not be able to think of an applicable scripture.

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Johnee

The Holy spirit prays role to all seven bulletin, without the power of Holy spirit we can't be filled with knowledge,we can't be fruitful. So for the seven bulletin to come true to us the Holy Spirit has to Pray a role

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