26: Thanksgiving and Intercession (Col 1:1-14)
In the opening of
this epistle, Paul greets the readers as saints. Just as for the Ephesians, he give thanks to God and prays that the Colossians will be
enlightened about certain spiritual truths and realities.
“For this reason
we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask
that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and
spiritual understanding” (1:9).
1. What qualifies a person to be called a
2a. See if you can find the three abiding
spiritual qualities made famous in 1 Corinthians 13 in this passage.
2b. What is the source
of these abiding qualities?
3a. In what ways does
the gospel bring forth fruit (6)?
3b. What is the
condition for the gospel to bringing forth fruit in a person’s life? Has the
gospel brought forth fruit in your life?
4. Who is Epaphras
(7; Col 4:12;
5a. What does Paul ask
for in his prayer? Compare this with your own prayers.
5b. What lessons can we
learn from Paul’s prayer?
6. What is necessary in order to be filled
with the knowledge of the will of God (1:9)?
7. List the purposes of knowing the will of
8. Based on this
paragraph, explain the phrase “walk worthy of the Lord” (10).
9. How do we carry out the will of God (11)?
10. Discuss the will of God—for Christians on the
whole and for individual members in the Bible Study group.
11a. For what should we be
thankful to the Father?
11b. How did God deliver us
from the power of darkness and convey us into His kingdom?