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Knowing The Truth     Col.1:3-20      April 17, 2011


Introduction

It is our privilege to know truth through Christ. In the Book of John He said, you shall know the truth and

the truth will set you free. He also shared the He was the Truth. Therefore it should be sort of easy for us to be people Knowing The Truth.

 

1.   Knowing The Truth . . Told By Reports From Others.        Col. 1:3-8

       A.   Knowing the Truth and . . Basics Of Their Christian Faith. 1:3-5

       3 We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you,

       4 for we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all the saints

       5 because of the hope reserved for you in heaven. You have already heard about this ?hope? in the message

       of truth, the gospel

 

       B.   Knowing the Truth and . . Bearing Of Christian Fruit. 1:6-8

6 that has come to you. It is bearing fruit and growing all over the world, just as it has among you since the day you heard it and recognized God’s grace in the truth. 7 You learned this from Epaphras, our dearly

       loved fellow slave. He is a faithful servant of the Messiah on your behalf,

       8 and he has told us about your love in the Spirit.


       What a list of Christian qualities Paul notes as having been reported to him. He speaks of their, faith, and the love they have for all the saints. Then he shares about the effect their Christian hope brings to play on their all of their Christian walk. When you hear of all of those basic attributes of on es walking with the Lord you can be pleased. Be cause they had those qualities they naturally bear Christian fruit. This fruit can be noted all over the then know world. What a fine example of a new church showing what God has done in their lives.


 

2.   Knowing The Truth and Giving . . Thanks for It. Col. 1:9-14

       A.   Knowing the Truth and . . Praying for These New Believers. 1:9-10

       9 For this reason also, since the day we heard this, we haven’t stopped praying for you. We are asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding, 10 so that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing ?to Him?, bearing fruit in every good work and growing in the knowledge of God.

 

       B.   Knowing the Truth and . . Preceding Give Thanks for These New Believers. 1:11-14

11 May you be strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for all endurance and patience, with joy 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the saints’ inheritance in the light. 13 He has rescued us from the domain of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son He loves. 14 We have redemption, the forgiveness of sins, in Him.


       In these verses Paul utters one of the finest prayers for the Christian church ever recorded in scripture. Paul tells us on more than one occasion that he is a man of prayer and this particular prayer can guide us in praying for others. He desires that these new believers will walk worthy of the Lord and pleasing to Him. Paul prayed for them to have wisdom and taht quality is promised us if we asked it from God. Paul proceeds to give thanks for these believer. I believe that would make them feel loved and valuable for the Christian faith. Paul wants them to continue sharing their faith and helping other come to Christ. We should share because of what we have and what the world needs.



 

 

3.   Knowing The Truth About . . Thrones and Things.      Col. 1:15-17

       A.   Knowing the Truth about the Creation of . . Invisible Things. 1:15-16a

15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For everything was created by Him, in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, . . .”

 

       B.   Knowing the Truth about the Creation of . . Involvement of Thrones. 1:16b-17

“. . . whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities— all things have been created through Him and for Him. 17 He is before all things, and by Him all things hold together.


In verse 15 we have one of the most difficult verses to easily explain. Check the study bibles you have and any commentaries. The teacher=s quarterly offers some help. I found this help a few years ago; AFive times Christ is called Athe first begotten@ or Athe firstborn from the dead=> Another five times He is called Athe only begotten@ The term Aonly begotten refers to His incarnation, whereas Afirst begotten (or firstborn) refers to His

resurrection.@ From the book; Revelation Revealed - Dr Jack Van Impe. In the Holy Spirit we have invisible support. Our Christ is before all things and above all things.


 

4.   Knowing The Truth . . Through What God Did In Christ.       Col. 1:18-20

18 He is also the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He might come to have first place in everything.

19 For God was pleased ?to have? all His fullness dwell in Him,

20 and through Him to reconcile everything to Himself by making peace through the blood of His cross— whether things on earth or things in heaven.


       It is our privilege to know truth through Christ. In the Book of John He said, you shall know the truth and

the truth will set you free. He also shared the He was the Truth. Therefore it should be sort of easy for us to be people Knowing The Truth.