Do you ever consider what it means to be a member of God’s kingdom?
As you read Paul’s prayer for the Colossians (1:3-9), what are some of the things that stand out? Can you say that you pray for these things as well? Take a moment and consider this: someone prayed a prayer for you just like Paul did for the Colossians. Who could you be praying the same type of prayer for as well well?
Read Col. 1:15-23. What type of King do you think Jesus is? )Consider John 1:1-18; Philippians 2:5-11, Isaiah 49:1-7, 50:4-9, 52:13-53:12 for some other thoughts.)
Philippians 1:3-6, NIV 2011 3 I thank my God every time I remember you. 4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Kingdom Come: Our King
Colossians 1:3-8, NIV 2011 3 We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, 4 because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all God’s people—5 the faith and love that spring from the hope stored up for you in heaven and about which you have already heard in the true message of the gospel 6 that has come to you. In the same way, the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world—just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God’s grace. 7 You learned it from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf, 8 and who also told us of your love in the Spirit.
The Kingdom is rooted in faith, love, and hope.
Because its roots are true, the Kingdom grows.
Colossians 1:9-14, NIV 2011 9 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, t 10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, 12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. 13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
As the Kingdom grows, so should its people.
Two things we must never forget:
The kingdom exists for a reason
Every kingdom has a King.
Colossians 1:15-23, NIV 2011 15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. 21 Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. 22 But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation—23 if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.
Romans 15:13, NIV 2011 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.