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Walk Worthy of the Lord 
Colossians 1:1-8
Rev. Dr. Ernest Brodie Jr.
What is the purpose of believers in this world? Colossians 1:10 tells us we are to “walk worthy of the Lord.” Paul was writing to the Colossians, because some of the believers were losing their clear purpose. Gnostics were teaching they needed something extra, supernatural, or mystic beyond salvation. Life can get us side-tracked and distract us from walking worthy of the Lord. Staying focused and having a clear purpose keeps us faithful to God, defines our mission, and governs our actions so that we are able to live to the glory of God.
Salutation (Colossians 1:1-2)
“Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timotheus our brother” (verse 1). Paul stated his title and verified it had been given to him by God. This was important because Paul was unknown to the Colossians, and this greeting introduced him to them. Timothy was with Paul. Paul was his mentor. “To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse” (verse 2). Saints (hagios) or holy ones, which means to be separated to God and separated from the world. “Grace be unto you” (verse 2). Grace is God’s unmerited favor. “And peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ” (verse 2). God is the source of grace and peace.
Thanksgiving (Colossians 1:3-8)
“We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you” (verse 3). The principle is that thanksgiving precedes intercession. Praise precedes prayer.
“Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus” (verse 4). There were no secret believers in Colosse. They were committed to Christ, and it was well-known. Faith is resting in Christ. “And of the love which ye have to all the saints” (verse 4) Love is the evidence of faith and is a fruit of the Spirit. Galatians 5:6: “For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.” Galatians 5:22-23: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” John 13:35: “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.“ John 15:12: “This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.”
“For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel” (verse 5). Hope provides an anchor for love and looks forward to our rewards laid up in heaven. 2 Timothy 4:8: “Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.“ 1 Peter 1:3-5: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” Hope looks toward the future and anticipates eternal life. 1 John 3:1-3: “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.”
“Which is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth” (verse 6) That “which is come unto you” is faith, love, and hope. We are to bring forth fruit by our righteous deeds because of our faith, love, and hope. God changes and transforms lives. He is the one who produces fruit in the lives of believers. Knowing the Bible and the God of the Bible is the source of all fruit in a believer.
“As ye also learned of Epaphras our dear fellowservant, who is for you a faithful minister of Christ; Who also declared unto us your love in the Spirit” (verses 7-8). Epaphras was a faithful minister of Christ. As a result of our faith, love, and hope, we can now have fellowship with other believers. We have a kinship and fellowship in Christ. I was at an airport and while observing other passengers, I felt sure a particular person was a Christian. It turns out he was a Christian pastor, and we enjoyed fellowship throughout the trip. Another time I was on a missions trip in Canada, and I was staying with a French family. I was left alone with a person who did not speak English, and I do not speak much French. Yet, we enjoyed fellowship by sharing and comparing Scriptures with one another.
It is God who brings fruit in our lives, transforms us, and provides the fellowship we need. Is your purpose to walk worthy of the Lord? Do you exhibit the fruit of faith, love, and hope in your life?