INTRODUCTION: Paul was controlled by the earnest desire that
each one should understand the hope of his calling, in order
that their life and walk might be in harmony with it, and that
they might remember they were here to represent Christ, their
risen Head. In verses 9-11, we have set forth certain blessings
for which Paul prays. There is something very precious and
exceedingly instructive in being permitted to share the thoughts
of, and notice the petitions offered up by the Apostle Paul for
the Lord's people in various circumstances. His deep concern
for their growth in grace, their enlightenment in divine things,
their apprehension of the purpose of God, and the manifestation
of spiritual power in their life; all these come out very
strikingly as he bows his knees before the God and Father of our
Lord Jesus Christ. He was not content to know people were saved
and safe for eternity. All of this formed the burden of his
prayers. It was his deep-hearted desire to see the Colossians
walk with God.
I. THE FOUNDATION OF A LIFE PLEASING TO GOD. v.9
A. INSPIRED DESIRE. 9a
"filled" - passive voice indicates that this ministry
is performed by God through the Holy Spirit.
truth is imparted to spiritual hearts by the Spirit of
I Cor. 2:10-12, "But God hath revealed them unto us
by his Spirit; for the Spirit searcheth all things,
yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth
the things of a man, except the spirit of man which
is in him? Even so the things of God knoweth no man,
but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the
spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is of God;
we might know the things that are freely given to us
"filled" - verb means to fill out to completion.
B. INSTRUCTED DIRECTION. 9b
"the knowledge of His will" - an intensive, thorough
knowledge; a perception of the divine mind. It
a true knowledge of God and His will. It speaks of
personal rather than intellectual knowledge.
Most truths may be learned; divine truth must be
God will always make known His will to His children
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