Week 47   Day 3


Paul had never been to Colosse 

Epaphras was the one who first preached there

            and started the church


But Paul heard about the Colossian christians 

he loved them anyway sight unseen

            and prayed for them as his own


He reviewed the basic christian theology with them

            the grace of God 

            their faith and salvation

            the preeminence of Jesus Christ 

                        the importance of

                        his death and resurrection

            their need to continue learning

                        so that they will be able to reject

                        any who try to teach falsehoods 

            what it is like to live in Christ 

            patience amid tribulation

            their hope for the future


Then he prayed

that God will fill them up with knowledge and understanding

            so that they will 

                        stand firm

                        grow into the likeness of Christ

                        bear fruit

                        be strengthened 

                        endure with patience 

                        give thanks with joy.




                                        PRAYING FOR YOU

God, fill them up and may they walk right into your kingdom.

                                              Colossians 1


    1Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and

Timothy our brother, 2to the saints and the faithful who are

in Colosse:  Grace to you and peace from God.

    3We give thanks to God, praying always for you, 4since we

heard of your faith and love for all the saints; 5because of the

hope which is laid up for you in heaven, of which you heard

in the gospel, 6which has come to you, and is bringing forth

fruit among you since the day you heard and knew the grace

of God in truth; 7as you also learned from Epaphras, our dear

fellow servant,  8who declared to us your love in the Spirit. 

    9For this reason we pray for you, and ask that you may be

filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual

understanding; 10that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully

pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing

in the knowledge of God; 11strengthened with all might,

according to His glorious power, for all patient longsuffering

with joy, 12giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us

to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints.  13He has

delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us
the kingdom of His Son, 14in whom we have redemption

through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.

    15He is the image of the invisible God.  16By Him all things

were created in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible.  All

things were created through Him and for Him.  17He is before

all things, and in Him all things consist.  18He is the head of

the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from

the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.

   19 It pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should

dwell, 20and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having

made peace through the blood of His cross.

    21You, who once were alienated and enemies, now He has

reconciled 22in the body of His flesh through death, to present

you holy, blameless, and above reproach in His sight--23if

indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and

are not moved away from the hope of the gospel.

    4This I say lest anyone should deceive you with persuasive

words.  5For though I am absent in the flesh, yet I am with you

in spirit, rejoicing to see the steadfastness of your faith.

    6As you received Christ, so walk in Him, 7rooted and built

up in Him, and established, as you have been taught.
           This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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