SUBJ: Thanksgiving as an essential
in the believing life as that which promotes awareness of what we have
in Christ and confirms the same in our hearts as true believers.
AIM: That we might know, and
practice true Spirit inspired through Christ and for Christ and our
INTR: Paul’s relationship with the
Colossian church was different in that the thought is he never
personally visited them. But, it is certain that he had a Spirit
entranced vision of identity with them.
1. It is possible that he
passed through on one of his journeys or that he may have met some of
them in a different place. He had a genuine affection for them.
did have the testimony of those who had been there and knew of their
faith which he commended.
3. Paul’s aim in writing was to encourage
and to inspire in them and in us a Christ-centered and therefore
thankful way of life.
As those having received Christ and being rooted, built, and established
in Christ, thanksgiving is a necessary outcome in that such is produced
in us as a work of grace – it is who we are to be.
I. The care of
the Apostle (vv. 1-2)
1. That the issue was personal and not
professional is evident as we read of his conflict (agony) for them and
others. He knew of dangers that faced them and he would have them
equipped. This for folks he did not know personally and yet felt intense
kinship with them.
2. We consider the things that he desired for them
knowing how profitable they are:
1) That their hearts be comforted
(from the same term Christ used of the Holy Spirit) and so to be
2) That their hearts would be literally welded
together in love after the manner in which we are bound to Christ our
3) Further, he would have them to be assured through a
wonderful revelation and the knowledge that came with of the mystery of
salvation which is Christ. See To whom God would make known what is the
riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ
in you, the hope of glory: Colossians 1:27. Christ is the mystery!
II. Concerning that Treasure (vv. 3-5)
1. That it is termed a
treasure reveals much and should arrest our attention as to the value
placed on it by the Spirit.
2. That it is hidden indicates that it is
to be discovered and not that it cannot be found out.
1) It is hidden
from the world but will be
2) Eternally revealed to those who seek
3. William Hendricksen: “But in Christ knowledge is never
separated from wisdom, as it often is with men. Now wisdom is the
ability, in concrete situations, to apply knowledge to the best
advantage. It uses the most effective means to achieve the highest
goal.” He went on to say that “The New Testament magnifies the wisdom of
God revealed in the foolishness of the cross (1 Corinthians 1:18-25), in
the church (Ephesians 3:10), and in the work of God’s providence in
behalf of Israel and the Gentiles (Romans 11:33)
4. Thus, to see the
wisdom of God in
1) Reconciling Jews and Gentiles
2) And to
reconcile the justice of God, which demands the death of the sinners,
with the love of God, which demands their salvation. Psalm 85:10
III. The abounding walk (vv. 6-7ff)
1. Having received Christ:
That is having by faith and according to the mercy and grace of God and
by the empowering of the Spirit so embraced Him and
2) Entered into a
way of life in which He is trusted as having accomplished our salvation
and so to joyfully obey Him in the way.
2. Thus, to walk – to live in
Him and with Him in all ways
1) Rooted – the vine and the branches
and so to be found fully partaking of His life
2) Built up – 4
Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by
these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the
corruption that is in the world through lust. 5 And beside this, giving
all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; 6 And
to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience
godliness; 7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly
kindness charity. 2 Peter 1:4-7 – equipped for the journey.
Established – made firm in fact and experience, confident in all that is
revealed in Him.
3. And so, abounding (super abounding) so as to
exceed the normal thought of measure – My cup runneth over!
would have them to know that this was his objective and should be theirs
and that the enemy would endeavor to rob them of all treasures revealed
in Christ our Lord including by not limited to our assurance.
our thanksgiving be after this model.