When we encounter an idea that we are not familiar with, we wonder, “What does that look like?” Paul is trying to answer that question for us in Colossians 1:9-14.
In verse 13, the first verb shows God delivering us. It’s not something we needed to do. The second verb in verse 13, transferred (us to the kingdom of his beloved Son), shows that after He delivers us, He makes us his own. Lastly, in verse 14, He has given us redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
What it looks like to “Walk” with Jesus
- Being Filled (v. 9) - Paul wants the Colossians to be filled with the knowledge of God’s will as well as spiritual wisdom and understanding.
- Increasing (v. 10) - We are to not only be filled with the knowledge of God. We are to continue to increase that knowledge.
- Bearing Fruit (v. 10) - We should bear God’s fruit in every good work.
- Being Strengthened (v. 11) - We should continue to be strengthened. This doesn’t mean that we are supposed to be physically strong. Instead, we should be empowered with God’s power to be able to accomplish God’s work. This should give us “all endurance and patience.” Also, we should be strengthened “with joy.”
- Giving Thanks (v. 12) - We are to give thanks to the Father because He has “qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.”