Feb. 16, 2021

What 3 Things Does Paul Pray for the Church?

What 3 Things Does Paul Pray for the Church?

Colossians 2:2, NIV: "My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ,"

Transcript

Hey, welcome to The Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth. 

 In the first verse of Colossians chapter 2 Paul says that he agonizes and prays exhaustively for the churches in Colossae and Laodicea. In verse 2, Paul tells us exactly what he’s praying for. He writes, “My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ.”

 So, three things Paul prays.

1. That their hearts would be encouraged. The Greek word here gives the idea of having the courage to face difficult situations with confidence. Just like all the other Christians at that time, the believers in Colossae and Laodicea were facing trials and persecution too.

2. Paul prays that they would be knit together in love. This word in the original Greek language is agape. It’s a selfless kind of love that is concerned for the welfare of others over yourself. It’s interesting to note that in the ancient Greek culture, these traits were signs of weakness. And yet, in Christianity, everything revolves around love.

3. Paul prays that they have complete confidence that they understand God’s mysterious plan, which is Christ himself. If you remember in chapter one, Paul gave us so many incredible truths about Christ. 

 He is the image of the invisible God. He is firstborn over all creation. He created all things. He is before all things. He holds all things together. He is Head of the Church. He is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead. In him, all the fullness of God dwells. And through Him all things are reconciled to God. 

 Paul says understanding these things bring incredible spiritual wealth. It’s priceless. 

 So your Simple Truth for today: Paul prays 3 things:  Courage, love, and understanding the mystery of Christ. Where you find these three things, you find a strong body of believers that will never sway from Christ being center of everything.  

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