It was the desire of Paul to give these Colossians some spiritual truths to fight the false doctrine of angel worship and to expose the false teachers that have crept into their churches. The first quality Paul desires for them to have is to,
BE FILLED WITH THE WILL OF GOD!
That is, “mature with regard to knowledge.”
- Not with the intellect – gnosis.
- But with God’s will – Epignosis – and in accordance with true wisdom … Sophia. I Corinthians 1:24-30.
God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise.
John Allen of the Salvation Army said: “I deserve to be damned, I deserve to go to hell; but God interfered.”
Bengel said: “Glory not before Him, but in Him.”
Jonah was absolutely right when he said, “Salvation is of the Lord.”
A sure knowledge of the will of God. Read Ephesians 5:10-17; Romans 12:1-2.
HAVE WISDOM AND SPIRITUAL UNDERSTANDING VERSE 9b!
Ephesians 1:8, “Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;”
Paul is now using the words of his opposition, and he prays that these false teachers may undergo God’s psychiatric therapy, ‘which is the only way they will transform their life and worldly views.’
A mental transformation is prerequisite to spiritual understanding. Study Romans 12:1-2.
- Spiritual understanding in the wisdom of God.
- Spiritual understanding in the work of God.
WALK WORTHY & WELL PLEASING OF THE LORD VERSE 10.
Ephesians 4:1, “I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called.”