Knowledge of grace leads to great exploits.

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All over the world this gospel is bearing fruit and growing, just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and understood God’s grace in all its truth.
 
Colossians 1:6

Dear friends,

As I prepare a message from the letter of Colossians, I am so excited to share something with you. I want you to note that Paul prays that the Colossians would receive understanding.

Colossians 1:9

That’s why we have not stopped praying for you. We have been praying for you since the day we heard about you. We have been asking God to fill you with the knowledge of what he wants. We pray that he will give you spiritual wisdom and understanding.

Spiritual wisdom and understanding!

Why? Paul gives us the reasons. When you have spiritual wisdom and understanding, you have the following:

Colossians 1:10-12

We pray that you will lead a life that is worthy of the Lord. We pray that you will please him in every way. So we want you to bear fruit in every good thing you do. We want you to grow to know God better. We want you to be very strong, in keeping with his glorious power.

a) a worthy life;

b) a will that pleases him in everyway;

c) fruit bearing deeds;

d) a growth of knowing God better; and

e) a strength that is in keeping with his glorious power.

These are the things that comes from spiritual wisdom and understanding! The question here is this: what is spiritual wisdom and understanding?

Dear friends,

Do you realize that the words “spiritual wisdom and understanding” are an elaboration of what Paul says in verse 6..

Colossians 1:6

All over the world the good news is bearing fruit and growing. It has been doing that among you since the day you heard it. That is when you understood God’s grace in all its truth.

What is the knowledge that God wants?

When you understood God’s grace in all its truth.

Understanding grace!

People say all the time that grace leads you to a lazy life, a license will, unfruitful deeds, stagnant growth and weak Christian life. Paul says the in the alternative.

Many teach us that Paul says we are no longer under the power of sin because we are no longer under law. That is not accurate. What is accurate is this:

Romans 6:14

For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.

You are no longer under the power of sin, because you are under grace. If you are just “not under law”, you are under license. However, if you are under grace, you are dead to sin. You are free. God did not just take you out of law, He placed you into grace. He placed you into Christ.

Thought of the day.

Grace should not lead you to fatalism, it leads you to great exploits- Ryan Rufus.

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