Filled With The
Knowledge Of His Will
In the book of Colossians chapter one, we read this from verses 9-10: "For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you may 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;"
The reason of what Paul mentions at the beginning of our quote is the faithfulness of the Colossians and how Paul had heard they received the word of truth and were remaining true to the faith.
What greater gift can be given than the good news that comes from God about salvation and how we can please God.
We gain this knowledge through reading and hearing the Bible. "Faith comes from hearing, and hearing from the word of God" (Romans 10:17). The scriptures are sufficient and give us everything we need to know how to please God. (2 Peter 1:3). Why is this important? Well only those who please God will be granted access to the eternal joy of heaven. We please God when we keep His commandments (Matthew 7:21).
The knowledge of God's will is one of spiritual wisdom and understanding. We all learn many things through our experience and in the classrooms. Much of what we learn is beneficial to help us deal with all of life's problems. But the knowledge of God is spiritual in nature. This is where we have to examine ourselves and look at ourselves from God's perspective. How does God view us? Righteous or wicked? Faithful or unfaithful? Strong or weak?
We need the spiritual understanding that helps us know what we are doing is right before God.
Many people do good things for others, but that alone does not put us into His grace. It is only our obedience to His commands that allows us access to the grace that is free. God's grace does not allow us to do anything that is sinful. We are commanded to avoid, refrain, and turn away from sin in our lives.
The result of learning this spiritual knowledge and filling ourselves up with it is that we will live in a way that is pleasing to God. We wear the name Christians, and our daily walk with God needs to reflect that we are walking with God, in our behavior, our speech, and in all we do.
Our goal is to please God. This is accomplished by giving Him the glory due His name, and it is also by our obedience. It does no good to worship God, and not do what He says. Jesus said this to the people in Luke 6:46: "And why do you call Me, 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do what I say? Jesus makes an excellent point.
Finally we are to bear fruit in good works. These good works are the things people see us do, and realize it is because of our faith in God and His goodness that excells in us.
By Carey Scott
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