Tuesday – January 5, 2016
The building pictured is the Michigan governor’s mansion located in the Capital city of Lansing. You likely have also observed the map locating Michigan within these United States and the flag of Michigan all courtesy of Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Michigan was the 26th state admitted to the Union on January 26, 1837 during the presidency of Andrew Jackson our 7th President. The following is the Preamble for the Constitution of the State of Michigan. We are indeed a Christian nation, a nation in covenant with the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN OF 1963
We, the people of the State of Michigan, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of freedom, and earnestly desiring to secure these blessings undiminished to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this constitution.
I will now return to our study from the Book of Colossians. We started our study and have come a long ways from September 2013. The city of Colossae was located in modern day Turkey and on the map you will see it is just south of Laodicea. Paul is writing to the saints and faithful brethren so he is not talking to the city as a whole or even the church at Colossae as a whole. He is talking to the faithful Christians and he goes on to describe exactly who they are, or what distinguishes them. The Apostle Paul mentions faith, love, and hope are apparent and operating in their lives (Colossians 1:4-6). Consider the following verse.
1 Corinthians 13:13 (KJV)
13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
The word ‘charity’ in the preceding verse is old English for ‘love’, Bible love, agape. Remember that Bible love is not a fuzzy wuzzy feeling, has nothing to do with feelings at all but is obedience to the Word of God, a selfless attitude, and knowledge of, and adherence to the Blood Covenant. Faith simply put is an unwavering belief of God not just in God. And hope is that calm happy certainty that the Word of God will be performed in this land of the living as promised.
To recap, the Apostle Paul is writing to those who are known to be born again and are faithful to the calling of God in their lives. In addition the fruits of faith, hope, and love (charity) are manifest for all to see and be a partaker. What you and I might want to do is ask ourselves is if we are in this group of people or do we just hope (worldly hope) we are. The Apostle Paul goes on to say, well, since you have reached this level of maturity I am going to pray for you to progress into full sonship which is marked by knowledge of the will of God and a walking in that will in wisdom and spiritual understanding. A good many Christians don’t have a clue what the will of God is for them while many others have decided what they think or want it to be and are engaged in that activity. He goes on to say that their lives will be marked by an increasing knowledge of God. I write about this point repeatedly because without this no one can do the will of God or move in the level of a son of God truly building the Kingdom of God, the name of God. He then says that only at this level can we recognize and allow the power of God to operate in our lives manifesting patience in all joy.
James 1:2-4 (KJV)
2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
By Pastor David R. Wood