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Be Encouraged

Paul’s stated purpose was that they might be encouraged in heart and united in love.Confidence and strength of conviction as well as cohesive unity yield a full understanding of the truth. There is no full knowledge apart from moral commitment. Complete understanding (syneseōs, “insight”) results from complete yielding. And this understanding is Christocentric. This insight into God’s ways enables believers to know(epignōsin) Christ fully. Christ, as the true mystery of God, reveals God to man (cf. John 1:18Heb. 1:2-3). For in Him are hidden(cf. Col. 1:26all the treasures of wisdom(sophia, cf. 1:9and knowledge. Knowledge is the apprehension of truth; wisdom is its application to life. Knowledge is prudent judgment and wisdom is prudent action. Both are found in Christ (cf. Rom. 11:331 Cor. 12:8) whose wisdom is foolishness to the world (1 Cor. 1:21-25), but who is the power of God by which a believer receives “righteousness, holiness, and redemption” (1 Cor. 1:30). More
Geisler, Norman L.Colossians.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck. Vol. 2. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 676. Print.
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