The core of Paul’s prayer is in v 10a: so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him. We must walk in a way that shows the worth of Jesus Christ. We could never merit or repay the grace that has been shown to us in Christ. But having received such grace, our lives should magnify the worth of our Lord. Paul wants the Colossians is to live worthy of the grace of Jesus.
Beginning in v 9, Paul shifts gears. when he prayed for the Colossians, his prayers were filled with thanksgivings. he also filled his prayers with petitions for the Colossians. Col 1:9-14 are Paul’s prayer requests. The central idea is found in the first part of v 10; so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him. At the core of Paul’s prayer is that the church members in Colossae live lives worthy of the grace of Jesus. This is a prayer for their sanctification. Paul desires that believers live lives worthy of the grace of Jesus.
Paul was a thankful person. This passage commends thanksgiving to God for the spiritual gifts he gives. We must give thanks to God for all his gifts. This text, however, teaches that Christians give thanks to God for his spiritual gifts. Why should Christians thank God?
There are two ways to live. We are either in the way of the righteous or in the way of the wicked. Psalm 2 urges us to take refuge in Christ negatively, from the perspective of the wicked who defy God. There are four reasons here to take refuge in Christ.
In Psalm 1, the Holy Spirit presents the substance of life very simply. There are two ways to live. The same choice is before us in Psalm 2. In Psalm 2, the two ways are presented with emphasis on the wicked and their foolish rejection of God. We either rage against Christ or take refuge in Christ. We either oppose God with the nations and perish, or trust in God and enjoy divine blessing. This Psalm presents several reasons to take refuge in Christ.
Psalm 1 presents things very simply. There are two ways to live. One results in blessing, the other in destruction. These two ways are set before Israel and the whole world. We can either live the Word-centered life from God or the sin-centered life fro now. As this Psalm indicates at the beginning of the inspired Psalter, this matter is especially important as we go to worship God. That you too would choose the life of the righteous, justified believer, I want to see from this Psalm three aspects of the righteous man.
Many professing Christians struggle with assurance. Some churches even teach that it is good and healthy for believers to have uncertainty over whether or not they are saved. God, however, wants us to be assured of our salvation. This truth is made very plain to us in our text. What we see here is that assurance of salvation is obtained, not by looking at ourselves, but by looking to Christ.