We proclaim Him, warning and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone mature in Christ.Colossians 1:28(HCSB)
While incarcerated in prison, Paul lifted up his heart in earnest prayer for the Colossian Christians - for spiritual intelligence, practical obedience, moral excellence, and that Christ may be crowned Lord of all in their lives. He prayed that they might become complete in Him and attain spiritual maturity.
He reminds us that Christ is our Saviour Who died to redeem us from the punishment of sin and rose again to live in us, saving us from the power of sin in our lives. He reminds us that Christ is the Creator Who was, and is, and is to come, that all things exist for Him, and that all things are held together by Him.
Paul also reminds us that Christ is the head of the Church, beloved of the Father, and in Whom dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. And he reminds us that we are positioned in Christ and one with Him, and that God's goal for all his children, is that we become just like Christ.
Despite being in prison, it was Paul's delight to preach and proclaim the glorious gospel of grace and the wonderful truth of the Lord Jesus Christ. As God's chosen apostle to the Gentiles, he wanted to warn us to live godly in Christ Jesus, to admonish us to grow in grace, to encourage us to walk in spirit and truth, and to teach us the unsearchable riches of God.
Paul knew that God's grace had been bestowed in great measure upon the Church so that we might become spiritually mature, practically obedient, and morally excellent, and his desire was that we walk in humble submission and utter dependence upon our God.
May we take heed to Paul's words, inspired by the Holy Spirit. May we seek to walk circumspectly and live humbly before our God. May we all come together in the unity in our faith, through a knowledge of God's Son.
May we all mature in the Lord, with every passing day so that we measure up to the full and complete stature and standard of Christ Jesus, our Saviour, for His praise and glory.
Heavenly Father, thank You for all the truths that are contained in Your Word. Help me to read, mark, learn, inwardly digest, and daily apply all that I am taught so that I may grow in grace and in a knowledge of the Lord Jesus, to Your praise and glory. In Jesus' name, AMEN.
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