Posts Tagged ‘Colossians 1:9’

Filled with the knowledge of His will

November 12, 2018

In reflecting on the Verse of the Day for November 12, 2018, we note an excerpt from one of the powerful prayers expressed to God on the behalf of believers:

Colossians 1:9 (NIV):

For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives,

The phrase “the knowledge of His will” stood out as I began to consider deeply this verse that emphasizes “The Will of God,” the place where we ever desire to be found as followers of the Lord Jesus Christ.

As the will of God unfolds before us, however, many times we find ourselves in a place where, according to our five senses, we by no means desire to be. Recall the words of Jesus Christ as he faced indescribable anguish and physical suffering beyond anything imaginable when he prayed to his Father three times regarding the situation confronting him in Mark 14:36 (New Living Translation):

“Abba, Father,” he cried out, “everything is possible for you. Please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”

In thinking about doing the will of God, we sometimes find ourselves in similar situations. I recall this statement from Douglas Adams: “I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.” Regardless as to how our circumstances may appear, the lyrics of the gospel song remind us: “the safest place in the whole wide world is in the perfect will of God.”

Bible scholar and translator Kenneth Wuest speaks of “knowledge of His will” as “advanced and perfect experiential knowledge.” The term is related to God’s desire that we become enlightened, that the eyes of our heart may be flooded with light so that we might “know,” being enlightened to the point that we come to know for ourselves or come to know a new reality in a more profound personal way. Once we know for yourselves, we will never be the same.

The Verse of the Day with its reference to being filled with the knowledge of His will also relates to this poetic expression:

The Will of God

To find the will of God is the greatest discovery.

To know the will of God is the greatest knowledge. 

To do the will of God is the greatest achievement.

 Albert Schweitzer

 

My food is to do the will of Him who sent me and to finish His work.

John 4:34 [NKJV]

                                                 

To unearth at last the world’s most priceless treasure

And gaze upon the splendor of God’s sovereignty

Is to savor joy unspeakable beyond measure:

To find the will of God is the greatest discovery.

To know intimacy beyond the highest degree,

A confident assurance when we acknowledge

And embrace the path prepared for us, our destiny.

To know the will of God is the greatest knowledge.

To live life, knowing we are covered by the Blood

Is to walk with no regret, never to lament,

For all decisions work together for the good:

To do the will of God is the greatest achievement.

Guided and protected by the Shepherd’s staff and rod,

We rejoice to find, to know and do the will of God.

We close with Colossians 1:9-12 set to music from The Colossians Project by Eastbrook Church:

Knowledge of His will

November 12, 2017

Colossians 1--9

The Verse of the Day for November 12, 2017 is found in Colossians 1:9:

[Preeminence of Christ] 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;

A recent blog post examined “the mystery of God’s will,” just as the phrase “the knowledge of His will” is also highlighted in today’s focus.  The intent and purpose of God, the Will of God, is revealed in Scripture. His will for His creation and His people is set out in the Law and the Prophets, which find their fulfilment in Jesus Christ. Central to the will of God is the desire that people of God might be faithful and obey His will once they know it. 2 Timothy 3:16 in the New Living Translation reveals:

All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.

This discussion of the Will of God also brings to mind two poems, one original and one anonymous, touching on this vitally important subject for all believers:

The Will of God

To find the will of God is the greatest discovery. 

To know the will of God is the greatest knowledge. 

To do the will of God is the greatest achievement.

 Albert Schweitzer

 

My food is to do the will of Him who sent me, 

 and to finish His work.

John 4:34 [NKJV]

                                                 

To unearth at last the world’s most priceless treasure

And gaze upon the splendor of God’s sovereignty

Is to savor joy unspeakable beyond measure:

To find the will of God is the greatest discovery.

To know intimacy beyond the highest degree,

A confident assurance when we acknowledge

And embrace the path prepared for us: our destiny.

To know the will of God is the greatest knowledge.

To live life, knowing we are covered by the Blood

Is to walk with no regret, never to lament,

For all decisions work together for the good:

To do the will of God is the greatest achievement.

Guided and protected by the Shepherd’s staff and rod,

We rejoice to find, to know, and do the will of God.

The following could be described as “the second verse to the same song:

The Will of God

Author: Unknown
The will of God will never take you
Where the grace of God cannot keep you.
Where the arms of God cannot support you,
Where the riches of God cannot supply your needs,
Where the power of God cannot endow you.

The will of God will never take you
Where the spirit of God cannot work through you,
Where the wisdom of God cannot teach you,
Where the army of God cannot protect you,
Where the hands of God cannot mold you.

The will of God will never take you

Where the love of God cannot enfold you,
Where the mercies of God cannot sustain you,
Where the peace of God cannot calm your fears,
Where the authority of God cannot overrule for you.

The will of God will never take you
Where the comfort of God cannot dry your tears,
Where the Word of God cannot feed you,
Where the miracles of God cannot be done for you,
Where the omnipresence of God cannot find you.

Among the numerous songs related to “the will of God” is this composition by Deb Zemke; “His Will,” played and sung by Robert Jason.

Spirit of Knowledge, Spirit of Wisdom, Spirit of Understanding

November 12, 2015

Colossians_1-9

The Verse of the Day is part of the inspired prayer opening Paul’s letter to the “God’s holy people in the city of Colossae, who are faithful brothers and sisters in Christ.” Certainly this prayer also expresses God’s desire for His people everywhere, not just those dwelling in that ancient city in Asia Minor.

Colossians 1:9 (NLT)

So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding.

If the prayer is that God will give knowledge, wisdom and understanding, three expression of the Spirit of God, then the answer to that prayer would be that those being prayed for would receive that which was requested.

Jesus Christ, in reference to the giving of the Holy Spirit, makes this statement in Luke 11:13(NLT):

So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him”

The Verse of the Day also brings to mind three poems inspired by references to the Spirit of Knowledge, the Spirit of Wisdom, and the Spirit of Understanding. All three are intertwined as three gold chains on a delicate necklace or exquisite piece of jewelry.

The Spirit of Knowledge,

That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ,

the Father of glory, may give to you

the spirit of wisdom and revelation

in the knowledge of him;

Ephesians 1:17

To excel in mighty works that demonstrate God’s power,

Far above the knowledge of any human mind,

Beyond the confines of any ivory tower,

We pursue knowledge and seek that we might find,

To know the exceeding greatness of that power,

Surpassing natural intellect of mankind;

That we may be filled with the knowledge of His will.

Such knowledge begins with the fear of the Lord,

Knowing that every promise our God will fulfill,

We receive the spirit of knowledge, not just a word.

We have been bought with a price, we are not our own.

Assured that God keeps His covenant we stand still.

The fullness of that knowledge shall someday be shown:

When Christ returns, then shall we know as we are known.

Closely related to the Spirit of Knowledge is

The Spirit of Wisdom

Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore, get wisdom.

Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore, get wisdom.

 And in all your getting, get understanding.

Proverbs 4:7(NKJV)

As we finish our course, we shall walk and not faint

And cause to flee, as one chases an enemy.

As hunters will track down their game with no restraint,

So your fragrance arouses us as we awake.

Desire, a fire, flames this inner passion deeply.

Though we felt your touch and sensed your presence before,

As lovers will pursue their beloved, so will we

Yearn to be with you and to know you even more,

Assured that all those who pursue you shall also find.

As the sun rises to follow its daily course,

Zealously we seek you with our heart and soul and mind,

As one traces a winding river to its source.

As one forsakes all to pursue a priceless treasure,

So we seek the spirit of wisdom’s good pleasure.

Spirit of Understanding is the third expression of God’s desire for us:

  The Place of Understanding

  From where then does Wisdom come?

  And where is the place of understanding?

 Job 28:20 AMP

 

 I must arise and strive to reach the place

 Where the rivers of understanding flow

 And never doubt God’s purpose and His grace.

 “The Call”

So we seek the spirit of wisdom’s good pleasure

That we might gain insight to better comprehend.

As God enlightens our eyes in fuller measure,

We behold where wisdom and understanding blend,

The place where the rivers of understanding flow.

We no longer walk in darkness and merely grope.

To no longer question nor doubt but truly know

Is to see life in its fullness from a broad scope.

People of understanding depart from evil,

Walk by the spirit, abiding with the upright.

Likewise, we seek to be wise and learn to be still

That our lives might be acceptable in God’s sight.

Order our steps to the place of our destiny,

As God’s will unfolds in splendid epiphany.

A similar prayer to the one offered in Colossians 1 is found in Ephesians 1-18-23, rendered as this song: A Prayer for the Ephesian Church:

The mystery of His will

November 6, 2015

Ephesians 1-9The Verse of the Day for November 6, 2015 comes from Ephesians 1:9-10 in the New Living Translation:

God has now revealed to us his mysterious plan regarding Christ, a plan to fulfill his own good pleasure. And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth.

In a blog entry posted a year ago, I commented on this passage from Ephesians 1:9-10 in the King James Version which used the expression “the mystery of his will,” a phrase relating to the “will of God,” a place where, as believers, we all desire to abide:

Ephesians 1:9-10 (KJV):

Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:

That in the dispensation of the fullness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:

The Verse of the Day also brings to mind another related verse that speaks of the “knowledge of His will.” In order to do or accomplish the will of God, we must know what it is. Colossians 1:9 expresses God’s desire for His people in the opening section of a prayer:

For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;

As I began to consider deeply these verses that emphasize “The Will of God,” I thought of a particular poem inspired in part by Ephesians 1:9

The Mystery of His Will        

O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and

knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments,

and his ways past finding out!

Romans 11:33

Having made known unto us the mystery of his will,

according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:

Ephesians 1:9

Though we seek to plummet the depths of God’s wisdom,

We barely touch the surface, for there is always more

To explore, as He unfolds the mysteries of the Kingdom:

A measure of our inheritance laid in store.

It is the glory of God to conceal a thing,

But the honor of kings is to search out a matter,

To see what jewels of knowledge their searching may bring.

Beyond former days is the glory of the latter,

Where God freely pours out His spirit upon all flesh.

As mysteries unfold, we see just how vast they are.

We draw even closer that He might bless and refresh,

As we know Him intimately, not from afar.

In such treasured moments we are quiet and still,

As we explore afresh the mystery of His will.

When I located this poem, I noticed the date on which it was originally written: November 6, 2009. When I included the poem in my entry a year ago, I did not notice the date. The phrase from the New Living Translation also comes to mind: “. . . at the right time. . .” I smiled as I noticed this providential intersection of time.

As we endeavor to find and to do the will of God, we may encounter situations that we do not fully understand, but God is not trying to conceal His will. Deuteronomy 29:29 reminds us this truth:

The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.

Indeed, it is God’s good pleasure to make known His will to those who diligently seek to find it.

“The Fullness of Time,” the musical composition performed by Bukas Palad is based on a phrase used in Ephesians 1:9:

To find, to know, and to do the will of God

November 12, 2014

Colossians_1-9Yesterday, in the English Grammar class that I teach at Carolina College of Biblical Studies in Fayetteville, NC, we discussed “verbals,” words formed from a verb, but they function as different parts of speech, such as nouns, adjectives, or adverbs. Among the verbals that we discussed were “infinitives,” which are easily recognized by identifying “to” plus the verb form. One of most recognized pair of infinitives comes from Shakespeare’s Hamlet: “To be or not to be, that is the question.”

This morning as I was preparing to post a blog entry based on the Word of the Day, I had planned to re-post a previous entry that contains a poem with a series of infinitives. Had I thought about it yesterday, it would have been a perfect illustration of how infinitives can be used as nouns. That was yesterday, but today is another day, and the poem still expresses the same truth regarding “the will of God.”

In reflecting on the Verse of the Day for November 12, 2014, the phrase “the knowledge of His will” was highlighted in my mind.   I began to consider deeply this verse that emphasizes “The Will of God,” the place where I ever desire to be found. As is so often the case, when I wax reflective, I also wax poetic, and in this case, I thought of a particular poem that is part of a quartet of original poems centering on “The Will of God.” Colossians 1:9 especially relates to this poetic expression:

The Will of God

To find the will of God is the greatest discovery. 

To know the will of God is the greatest knowledge.

To do the will of God is the greatest achievement.

Albert Schweitzer

 

My food is to do the will of Him who sent me,

and to finish His work.

John 4:34 [NKJV]

                                                

To unearth at last the world’s most priceless treasure

And gaze upon the splendor of God’s sovereignty

Is to savor joy unspeakable beyond measure:

To find the will of God is the greatest discovery.

To know intimacy beyond the highest degree,

A confident assurance when I acknowledge

And embrace the path, the destiny, prepared for me:

To know the will of God is the greatest knowledge.

To live life, knowing I am covered by the Blood

Is to walk with no regret, never to lament,

For all decisions work together for the good:

To do the will of God is the greatest achievement.

Guided and protected by the Shepherd’s staff and rod,

I rejoice to find, to know, to do the will of God.

Numerous songs have been written related to” the will of God.” In fact, a previous blog entry on Dr. J’s Apothecary Shoppe contains a quartet of poems and songs centering on “The Will of God.” Three are original, and the last one is anonymous. Between each poem is a video of a song related to “The Will of God.”

A song connected to this particular poem is written by Deb Zemke; “His Will” is played and sung by Robert Jason.

Reflecting on the “The Will of God” is a great way to start the day.

Mystery of His will

November 6, 2014

Ephesians 1-9

The Verse of the Day for November 6, 2014 relates to the “will of God,” a place where, as believers, we all desire to abide:

Ephesians 1:9-10 (KJV):

Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:

That in the dispensation of the fullness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:

The Verse of the Day also brings to mind another related verse that speaks of the “knowledge of His will.” In order to do or accomplish the will of God, we must know what it is. Colossians 1:9 expresses God’s desire for His people in the opening section of a prayer:

For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;

As I began to consider deeply these verses that emphasize “The Will of God,” I thought of a particular poem inspired in part by Ephesians 1:9:

The Mystery of His Will        

O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and

knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments,

and his ways past finding out!

Romans 11:33

Having made known unto us the mystery of his will,  

according to his good pleasure

which he hath purposed in himself:

Ephesians 1:9

Though we seek to plummet the depths of Your wisdom,

We barely touch the surface, for there is always more

To explore as you unfold the mysteries of the Kingdom:

A measure of our inheritance laid in store.

It is the glory of God to conceal a thing,

But the honor of kings is to search out a matter,

To see what jewels of knowledge their searching may bring.

Beyond former days is the glory of the latter,

Where You freely pour out Your spirit upon all flesh.

As Your will unfolds, we too see just how vast You are.

We draw even closer that You might bless and refresh,

As we know You intimately, not from afar.

In such treasured moments we are quiet and still,

As we explore afresh the mystery of His will.

As we endeavor to find and to do the will of God, we may encounter situations that we do not fully understand, but God is not trying to conceal His will. Deuteronomy 29:29 reminds us this truth:

The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.

Indeed, it is God’s good pleasure to make known His will to those who diligently seek to find it.

Colossians 1:9: The knowledge of His will

November 12, 2013

Colossians_1-9

In reflecting on the Verse of the Day for November 12, 2013, the phrase “the knowledge of His will” was highlighted in my mind.   I began to consider deeply this verse that emphasizes “The Will of God,” the place where I ever desire to be found. As is so often the case, when I wax reflective, I also wax poetic, and in this case, I thought of a particular poem that is part of a quartet of original poems centering on “The Will of God.” Colossians 1:9 especially relates to this poetic expression:

The Will of God

To find the will of God is the greatest discovery.

To know the will of God is the greatest knowledge.

To do the will of God is the greatest achievement.

Albert Schweitzer

 

My food is to do the will of Him who sent me,

and to finish His work.

John 4:34 [NKJV]

                                                

To unearth at last the world’s most priceless treasure

And gaze upon the splendor of God’s sovereignty

Is to savor joy unspeakable beyond measure:

To find the will of God is the greatest discovery.

To know intimacy beyond the highest degree,

A confident assurance when I acknowledge

And embrace the path, the destiny, prepared for me:

To know the will of God is the greatest knowledge.

To live life, knowing I am covered by the Blood

Is to walk with no regret, never to lament,

For all decisions work together for the good:

To do the will of God is the greatest achievement.

Guided and protected by the Shepherd’s staff and rod,

I rejoice to find, to know and do the will of God.

Numerous songs have been written related to” the will of God.” In fact, a previous blog entry on Dr. J’s Apothecary Shoppe contains a quartet of poems and songs centering on “The Will of God.” Three are original, and the last one is anonymous. Between each poem is a video of a song related to “The Will of God.” Here is the link:

https://drlej.wordpress.com/2012/01/10/reflections-on-the-will-of-god-a-quartet-of-poems-and-songs/

A song connected to this particular poem is written by Deb Zemke; “His Will” is played and sung by Robert Jason.

Reflecting on the “the knowledge of His will” is a great way to start the day.