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Colossians, Chapter One, Lesson Three

PLEASING THE LORD           Page 5
V.12 (cont'd.)

** What is the reason given by Paul here in verse twelve for thanks to be rendered unto God?

He "has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in light".

** Is it possible for us to qualify ourselves simply by doing all of these goods things we have seen together in this passage?

No - as a matter of fact it is impossible!
cf. Romans 3:20-24 and Romans 6:22-23

** How did the Father qualify us for so grand an inheritance?

By making an unimaginable exchange! cf. 2Corinthians 5:21

** Can you see why Paul would pray for us all to always joyously give thanks to our Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus Christ?

Yes - we have freely received an inheritance which is:

Imperishable - 1Peter 1:4-5
Sanctified - Acts 20:32
Eternal - Hebrews 9:15
And of the "light" - Acts 26:14-18, Colossians 1:12

EXTRICATE

** If our prayer life for one another is to be "Pleasing the Lord", what seven elements should it contain according to Paul?

We should be praying:

1. For them to know God's will
2. For them to gain all spiritual wisdom
3. For them to walk in obedience
4. For them to bear fruit
5. For them to receive strength from God
6. For them to attain steadfastness
7. For them to joyously give thanks

DELINEATE

** As you review that amazing list, which items seem new to your prayer life on behalf of your brothers and sisters in Christ?

For me personally; items 1, 4 and 6.

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