In Colossians 1:8-14, Paul prays the circle of salvation. An orderly process of our Christian lives is revealed in the verses before us. Redemption and forgiveness come first. Notice the present tense “have.” We are redeemed and forgiven now. We don’t have to wait until later to enjoy the precious benefits our precious Lord gives us. Redeemed through His blood (Ephesians 1:7) and forgiven by His grace! Oh unmatchless wonder that He would redeem and forgive a wretched sinner like me. We sold our soul to Satan through sin, but Jesus bought us back through His blood.

He then delivered and translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son. Only God can deliver from darkness into the light as in the beginning of creation, and spiritually. Only god can translate (transfer) from one kingdom into another. The Mineral Kingdom cannot translate itself into the Vegetable Kingdom, nor can the Vegetable translate itself into the Animal Kingdom. We are translated (born again — John 3:3) not of corruptible seed but of incorruptible seed by the Word of God which liveth and abideth forever (1 Peter 1:23). O Glory to God (v12) we are made partakers of the inheritance of the saints. (Romans 8:16-17). We are made heirs of God and joint heirs of Christ! We are so undeserving but so wonderfully blessed!

He continued to bless us by giving us His strength, not ours, according to His might and power to be patient and longsuffering with longsuffering. How else could we be at peace in suce a chaotic world? This world is temporarily ruled by Satan as God gives him leeway, but soon and very soon He will be chained and cast into the Lake of Burning Fire. In verse 10, He continues to pray that we should walk worthy and continue to be fruitful seeing that our labor is not invain in the Lord (1 Corinthians 15:58). We should study to show ourselves approved unto the Lord, being ready to give a reason to every man the reason of the Hope that is written us — II Timothy 2:15 and I Peter 3:15).

He continues by saying that we should always be praying to be filled with the wisdom and knowledge of God which is from above since worldly and earthly (sensual) wisdom matters very little in God’s whole realm of eternity. (James 1:5) Precious promises lavished upon believers, but to us so meaningless to us if the precious Love of God is not shed abroad in our hearts — 1 Corinthians 13 (John 13:34-35) May our heart cry out, ‘O precious Lord help me to love those who despitefully use me and hate me. I am fully aware that I must have your help to do so!