Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Contemplating Colossians 1:9-11

This week’s Scripture memory verses are Colossians 1:9-11. For today's post, I thought I would post an abridged version of John MacArthur’s sermon “The Fruit of Knowledge” based on this passage (Click the link to read the entire sermon.).

What is Paul saying in this passage? He is saying he wants them to be totally controlled with deep, thorough knowledge. He wants them to be totally dominated, not by a superficial understanding but by deep knowledge. Knowledge of what? "Of His will." And what is that? His self-revelation in the Bible of His absolutes, of His standards.

First is to know and then wisdom and understanding are added to that. Wisdom is to principlize and understanding is to apply. So, first you know, then you make a principle out of it and then you apply it, and then comes the action.

The objective for me as a Christian then is to get into this Bible and learn it. Get that deep knowledge. But, that deep knowledge should become wisdom. What is wisdom? Wisdom is turning all of that information into a principle that can be applied to life.

Beloved, that's what you're to do in your study of the Scripture. Find out what it means, what the principle is, how it applies, and go do it. But it all begins with that bottom line of knowledge ... knowing the principles, knowing the absolutes.

So, right behavior is based on right knowledge.

When you know God's truth and you know God's principles and you have turned them into applicable realities, there are going to be super results. The five benefits of applied knowledge are found in verses 10-11. When you are filled with knowledge, when that knowledge is turned into a principle, when that principle is turned into something applicable, here are the five benefits that are going to happen in your life:

  1. You will walk worthy unto the Lord. What does it mean to walk worthy? It means to let your practice match your position.
  2. You will be fruitful in every good work.
  3. You're going to grow.
  4. You're going to find that you're strengthened.
  5. You’re going to endure anything with joy.

Paul is saying, “I just want you to know God's truth, that's the bottom line of absolutes. And once you know all that, the behavior is just going to come right out of it. You're going to walk worthy. You're going to be fruitful in every good work. You're going to grow. You're going to be strengthened and you're going to endure anything with joy.”

I don't know about you but that sounds like really living, doesn't it?


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