“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.” (Colossians 1:9)
In this prayer, Paul sought for the Colossian Christians the full knowledge of the will of God. For the Christians at Rome, he prayed they might be filled “with all joy and peace in believing” (Romans 15:13). For the Ephesians, he prayed they “might be filled with all the fulness of God” (Ephesians 3:19), and then urged them to “be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18). He wrote to the Philippians, “And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment;…Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God” (Philippians 1:9-11). For the Colossians, he also prayed for their “full [same as ‘filled with’] assurance of understanding” (Colossians 2:2).
Together, all these prayer requests constitute an ideal description of a complete Christian—an ideal for which we should all strive and pray—both for ourselves and for others. Summarizing again, the list is as follows.
“[Filled] with all joy and peace in believing.”
“Filled with the fruits of righteousness.”
“Filled with the knowledge of his will.”
“Filled with the Spirit.”
“Filled with all the fulness of God.”
“[Filled with] assurance of understanding.”
It is also worth noting that the Greek word for “filled” is the same as for “fulfilled.” When a Christian is “filled” with all these wonderful realities, he becomes a “fulfillment,” as it were, of God’s purpose in creating and redeeming him. His ultimate goal, of course, is to measure up to “the fulness of Christ” Himself (Ephesians 4:13). – Dr. Henry M. Morris
Please pray for Dr. Saunders, Pastor Kim and Hanah as they travel to visit Rev. Seongkyu Lee in Seoul, South Korea. Rev. Lee is the minister of Gwangmyeong Faith Free Presbyterian Church. He has been faithfully labouring there since 2015.
The Shorter Catechism
Q77: What is required in the ninth commandment?
A: The ninth commandment requireth the maintaining and promoting of truth between man and man,1 and of our own2 and our neighbor’s good name,3 especially in witness-bearing.4
1. Speak ye every man the truth to his neighbour. Zechariah 8:16b
2. Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ. 1 Peter 3:16
Then said Paul, I stand at Caesar’s judgment seat, where I ought to be judged: to the Jews have I done no wrong. Acts 25:10a
3. Demetrius hath good report of all men, and of the truth itself: yea, and we also bear record. 3 John 1:12a
4. A faithful witness will not lie: but a false witness will utter lies. Proverbs 14:5a
A true witness delivereth souls. Proverbs 14:25a
Bible Questions & Answers For Children
Q25: Who was Adam and Eve’s second son?
“And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.” Genesis 4:2