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Colossians 1:11

The Power of His Glory

11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;

Paul's intercession for the Colossian church asked, "That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing,.." (1:10) To walk worthy of the Lord in a way that would please Him always requires much more than mere human effort. It requires more than just the new spiritual life and commitment to Christ in order to accomplish the work that is worthy of Him. This was especially true in the environment in which the church had to exist at Colosse.

Therefore, Paul added that they did not cease to pray that the Colossian saints were, "Being constantly strengthened with all power..." (Literal translation) This power is only available from one source, the source of all real power, the source of irresistible power. That source is God.

Literally, "...according to the might of His glory." The glory of God is mighty in all its aspects. "The equipment with power is proportioned not simply to the recipient’s need, but to the Divine supply. God’s glory is His manifested nature, here as manifested in might." (Nicoll, W.R.; Expositor's Greek New Testament) Only by being so strengthened can any of us ever walk worthy of Christ, and I believe that it is obtained almost exclusively through prayer, whether our own or that of those who intercede for us.

"...unto all patience (or "endurance")..." The battle in which Christians are engaged on a daily basis, the spiritual warfare, the persecutions, and every temptation with which the world confronts them, requires the ability to endure. Many times the world will place the Christian in situations that are beyond our human ability to endure. But, the Christian must persevere, he must overcome the world and be more than a conqueror. When that time comes, only God can give them the ability to persevere.

"...and longsuffering..." Peter T. O'Brien wrote, "'Long-suffering' (μακροθυμία) in both Old and New Testaments is used of the patience of God and His people - note especially Exodus 34:6 'The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.' Because of God's dealings with His people this word, which was not very significant in secular Greek, was given a new and unexpectedly profound importance, so that the human attitude of 'long-suffering' (μακροθυμία) is now set in a new light. God's patience with His people means they ought to act in a similar manner toward others... 'Long-suffering' is a fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22), unable to be produced from individual's own resources." (O'Brien, Peter T.; Word Biblical Commentary Vol.44, pp. 24-25; Word Inc. 1982)

"...with joyfulness;" It is one thing to endure tribulation with great patience, always waiting on the Lord, but it is another thing to do it with a joyful heart. Christians who are so empowered by God know and understand their relationship with Him. Peter spoke of them, "Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:" (1 Peter 1:5-7) They understand that the trials of their faith are not as terrible as they seem, but are the method being used to purify it so that they will be worthy of praise and honor and glory from the Lord Jesus Christ.

Before The Throne:

Perhaps your life in Christ has been relatively easy, but it may not remain that way. You need to be praying for your walk to be worthy of Him and that, when it is, He will strengthen you with all Spiritual power according to the power of His glory. Pray for patience and the ability to persevere. Pray for the understanding and the relationship with Jesus that will fill your heart with joy when the time comes to suffer for Him. Thank Him for electing you to be a child of God.

For Further Study:

** Strengthened. Isa 45:24; 2Cor 12:9; Eph 3:16; Eph 6:10; Phil 4:13; ** his. Exod 15:6; Ps 63:2; Acts 1:8; 2Cor 4:7; Jude 1:25; ** unto. Prov 24:10; Acts 5:41; Rom 2:7; Rom 5:3-5; 2Cor 6:4-6; 2Cor 12:9-10; Eph 4:2; 1Thess 3:3-4; 2Tim 2:1-3; Heb 10:34-38; Heb 11:34-38; Heb 12:1-2; Jas 1:2-4; Jas 5:7-8; 2Pet 1:6; Rev 14:12;


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