THROUGH THICK AND THIN

When one considers the life of the Apostle Paul, you have to conclude that he left an indelible impression upon the world of his day.   However, two thousand years later he continues make an impression wherever Jesus Christ is uplifted around the globe.

From his conversion on the road to Damascus, (Acts9) he became a human dynamo to the world of that day.  His travels were extensive with the effect of a ministry that enabled the proclamation of Jesus Christ all the way westward to Rome.  He focused on places from Jerusalem to Philippi (northward).  One of his Epistles was written from Rome to the church at Colosse, a church that he had not helped directly to establish.  Epaphras was probably the instrument that God used for that ministry to be established.  However, Epaphras ended in Rome and was assisting Paul who was in prison.

Obviously, these two men co-mingled and ministered from a prison environment.  Paul learned of the problems of Colossae and took them to heart.  He writes to them to assure them that being cognizant of their problems he is burdened concerning their walk with the Lord.

Remember that back in verse 4 of Colossians 1 he had “learned of their faith in Christ Jesus and the love which you have for all the saints; because of the hope laid up for you in heaven…”  He also noted how they had immediately become involved in bearing fruit, souls for Christ.

Revealing his concern he assures them of what he is praying for: “That you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light.”

Paul is praying because there is a problem of Gnosticism.  He reminds them that they have been “rescued from the domain of darkness and translated us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”(Colossians 1:14)

Please!  Please don’t ever forget where you and I have come from through the Redemption given us in Christ Jesus!  Stop!  Thank Him, even now!

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