The power of Christ

Colossians 1:9,14

In this prayer the apostle Paul shows his great faith in the all sufficiency of his Lord, when he pleaded for the “brethren in Christ,that they might be blessed “according to his glorious power,” or rather, His power in glory.

Let us remember that we have the same Lord who is rich unto all that call upon Him “For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.” (Rom.10:12).

Let us Look at what the Lord has Done for Us.

He has redeemed us. “We have redemption through His Blood” according to (v.14). Titus 2:14 tell us that he “gave Himself for us that He might redeem us.” Our redemption price is incorruptible according to (I.Pt.1:4) “an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you.”

He has forgiven us,Even the forgiveness of sins” according (v.14).

He has rescued us, “Delivered us from the power of darkness” (v.13). (4.).

He Rescued us from the grip of sin, from the fear of death, the terrors of darkness, and the dominion and delusions of the Devil.

He has settled us. “Translated into the Kingdom of His dear Son” (v.13).We who were strangers and

foreigners have, by the grace of God, been taken and settled in a new kingdom, under a new King, and in a entirely different conditions. “Passed from death into life.”

let us note what the Lord is Able to Do for Us. He is able-To full us with the knowledge of his will (v.9).

With regard to God’s character and purposes, there is no place for mere speculation.

His will for us is clearly revealed in His Word, and the Holy Spirit is ready to teach, giving “wisdom and spiritual understanding. ”If any man lack wisdom, let him ask of God, who giveth liberally.”

He is able To make us walk worthy of the lord(v.10).

There are many references in the Word concerning the Christian’s walkthat is the outward and visible expression of their every-day life before men which should be pleasing to God. “Walk worthy of Him who hath called you” (.Tim. 2:12).

He is able to help us walk worthy of our vocation (Eph. 4:1).

He is able to help us walk in newness of life (Rom. 6:4).

He is able to help us walk as the wise (Eph. 5:15). Enoch had this testimony that he pleased God (Heb.11.5).

He can help us to walk and not faint is a crowning blessing (Isa. 40. 31).

What a victory this would mean to many a discouraged worker.

This is possible, for it is God Honouring “Herein is My Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit” (John 15: 8).

A Barren ministry is dishonouring to God, and is a betrayal of the worker’s weakness. Where the Holy Spirit controls the “fruit of the Spirit” will be manifest (Gal.5: 22, 23).

Let us keep in mind the Holy Spirit is fruitful in all His work. Abide in Christ, and let His Word abide in you, and your fruit will remain (John 15:16).

He is able To “strengthen with all might.” All the might of our glorified Lord awaits His needy, believing people.

The strength referred to here is that they might be “ longsuffering with joyfulness (v.11).

We need strong faith to be patient and joyful in the midst of prolonged suffering. Many of God’s saints in the past have “out of weakness been made strong” according to (Heb.11. 34).

Let him “strengthen with all might. All the might of our glorified Lord awaits His needy, believing people.

Let him make us meet for inheritance of the saints in light (v.12). The apostle Paul did not believe that the saints were buried in the darkness of the grave, or lost in the abyss of “eternal oblivion.”

He knew that they had entered into the fuller light of the Presence of His glory, and had found their inheritance in the fellowship of their Redeemer. The apostle longs to be a partaker with them of the “glory that is to follow”

This is not the morbid desire of a faint heart, but the longing of a truly loving heart “Absent from the body, present with the Lord.”

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