Grace Bible Church

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(Col 1:10) 04/23/17

Grace Bible Church, Gillette, Wyoming

Pastor Daryl Hilbert



A.    Paul had given thanks to God because the gospel had come to the Colossians through Epaphras. The gospel came to these believers as the word of truth (Col 1:5), fruit-bearing (Col 1:6a), the grace of God (Col 1:6b), preached by Epaphras (Col 1:7), and product of love in the Spirit (Col 1:8).

B.    Now Paul’s prayer was for the spiritual maturity of the Colossians (Col 1:9-14), namely that they would first have the spiritual knowledge of God’s will (Col 1:9). Their spiritual maturity in understanding God’s will would include a worthy walk (Col 1:10) which could be depicted as a Spirit-led Walk, Worthy Walk, Pleasing Walk, Fruitful Walk, and a Knowledgeable Walk. None of which bring man salvation, but cause the true believer to grow spiritually and walk in a manner worthy of the Lord.


A.    Spirit-Led Walk

1.     The believer is to be filled with the knowledge of God’s will so that (supplied purpose clause from an aorist infinitive, peripatêsai) he will walk worthy of the Lord. If a believer truly understands God’s will, it will translate into worthy walk before the Lord.

2.     The term “walk” (peripateō - walk or behavior. Eng. Peripatetic - a teacher who walks while teaching) is understandable enough, especially as it mentioned in the Scriptures.

3.     Obviously, it can mean literally walking as from one place to another (Joh 7:1), in an outward display (Mk 12:38), or in agreement with a teacher (Joh 6:66).

4.     But metaphorically it depicts a relationship between God and man (Gen 5:22, 24; Gen 6:9), obedience to God (Gen 17:1), disobedience to God (Psa 81:12; Jer 7:24), or the characteristic conduct of a believer (Eph 4:1).

5.     The believer’s walk should match up with his position in Christ. A walk is the application of the believer’s knowledge A walk is what a believer looks like to those who observe his life. A believer’s walk is the pinnacle of the Christian life.

6.     How does a believer walk with God? Though there is much to be said in Scripture, two principles are: by the Spirit and by faith.

7.     First, we learn in Gal 5:25 that the believer is to rely on the indwelling Spirit to walk the Christian life. The believer cannot walk without realizing His total reliance on the Spirit of God (Joh 15:4).

8.     Secondly, the believer must walk by faith (2Co 5:7). Sometimes life seems insurmountable. But with the same faith that we receive Christ Jesus the Lord, we are to apply to our walk in Christ (Col 2:6). By faith the believer’s trust in the Spirit’s enabling moment by moment.

B.    Worthy Walk

1.     What does this walk look like or with what should we measure this walk? The words “manner worthy is the Greek word axiōs. Literally it means “bringing up the other beam of the scales” (Friberg). It has come to mean something of equal value whether weight to scales, respect to the honorable, or service to a cause.

2.     Paul illustrates this concept in Tit 2:9-10, in that, the believer’s life ought to “adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in every respect.”

3.     In Scripture, the word is most often used in the sense that a believer’s manner of life should be fitting:

a.     for a holy and wise Lord (1Th 2:12),

b.     for the gospel (Php 1:27),

c.     for the believer’s calling (Eph 4:1),

d.     for the believer’s model, Christ (1Jo 2:6).

4.     The saints are to see to it that their manner of life, their conduct, weighs as much as the character of their Lord. That is, He is to be their example in life, and the copy must be like the example. Wuest

5.     How do we measure up? For the sake of our holy God and Father, for the sake of the gospel, for the sake of our calling, the believer’s walk ought to be a worthy walk, one that walks as Christ walked.

C.    Pleasing Walk

1.     The believer’s walk ought to be a pleasing walk, that is, the believer ought to seek to please the Lord at all times and in every area of life.

2.     To “please” is the Greek word areskia which originally was a legal term and meant to appease or reconcile two parties. From there it came to mean to please or have a desire or willingness to please.

3.     In classical Greek it denotes a cringing and subservient [servant], ready to do or say anything to please a patron; not only to meet but to anticipate his most trivial wishes. But when transferred to the spiritual region, and the believer’s relations to his Lord, the word at once rises by its association. To do anything to meet, to anticipate, His wishes, is not only the most beneficial but the most absolutely right thing we can do. It is His eternal and sacred due; (Moule).

4.     Enoch was an example of someone who walked with God in a pleasing manner (Heb 11:5). One of the reasons why Enoch pleased God was that his walk was a holy walk. Enoch preached against ungodliness and judgment at the Second Coming (Jude 14-15). Enoch desired to please a holy God, so his walk was a holy walk.

5.     The believer’s great ambition is to please Him in all respects and not do anything that displeases Him (2Co 5:9). The believer is to cooperate with God who is working in the believer that which is pleasing in His sight (Heb 13:21). He is to learn what is pleasing to the Lord through His Word (Eph 5:10). In the end, it is doing those things which are prescribed in His Word (1Jo 3:22), even as Christ always did what pleased the Lord (Joh 8:29).

D.    Fruitful Walk

1.     Paul has already mentioned how the gospel bore fruit and spread (Col 1:6). Now Paul declares that is God’s will for the believer to have a fruitful walk. Paul may have been interjecting a play on words with the use of the same Greek word karpophoreō (bearing fruit, Karpophoreō comes from two Greek words, karpos - fruit, and pherō - bear or bring).

2.     How does one maintain a fruitful walk? By first having union with Christ. This means that a person must know Christ as Savior. It also means that as a believer he must abide in Christ and draw their source of life from Him (Joh 15:4-5).

3.     Secondly, we receive fruit from wisdom. Fruit is related to spiritual wisdom. “But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy” (Jam 3:17).

4.     What kind of fruit is produced in the believer’s life?

a.     Fruit of converts from sharing the gospel (1Co 16:15).

b.     Fruit of growth among other believers (Rom 1:13).

c.     Fruit of the lips through praise (Heb 13:15).

d.     Fruit of righteousness (Heb 12:11).

e.     Fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22-23).

f.     Fruit in every good work (Col 1:10), which suggests not only fruit every situation as well as an all-out commitment to always bear fruit.

E.    Knowledgeable Walk

1.     It is also God’s will for the believer to have a knowledgeable walk by increasing in the knowledge of God.

2.     When we increase “in” (instrumental dative - “by means of”) the knowledge of God, it has an immediate and lasting impact on our spiritual lives and walk.

3.     It is obvious today that many do not have a biblical knowledge of God. Their knowledge of God is based on biases and personal opinions. Not only is their knowledge of God suspiciously tailored to their own preferences, but such knowledge will never lead to true the knowledge of God or spiritual growth.

4.     This knowledge of God, the purest and loftiest of human acquisitions, is the only pabulum of spiritual growth. A God in shadow creates superstition, and the view of Him in only one [aspect] of His character, will, according to its color, lead either to fanaticism or to mysticism (Eadie).

5.     The only way to increase in the epignōsis (“true knowledge”) of God is to accept everything in His Word that He has revealed about Himself (Pro 2:1-6; 2Pe 3:18) and reject every man-made preconceived idea (2Co 10:5).


A.    Fanatical Walk

B.    Fathomless Walk

C.    Fruitful Walk





A.    Fanatical Walk

1.     The term fanatic has been popularized in our generation. A fan is short for fanatic. Some people are fanatical about Tim Tebow. Some have accused me of being fanatical about Tim Tebow. But I think the real fanatics were those people who were taking bets on how many consecutive weeks I would use another Tim Tebow illustration. But the old meaning of Fanatic - [was, someone] marked by excessive enthusiasm and often intense uncritical devotion.

2.     A fanatic is a person who, having lost sight of his goal, redoubles his effort to get there. The fanatic runs around frantically getting nowhere. He is a basketball player without a basket, a tennis player without a net, a golfer without a green. People often want to know how to be more spiritual or more pious, but the underlying goal ought to be to know God more intimately and to please Him. The reason? Simply because its possible to be very spiritual and religious, at least on the surface, without being devoted to pleasing God, and especially according to the principles of His Word. The Pharisees were very religious and appeared to very spiritual, but for most of them, it was only external and they failed miserably.

B.    Fathomless Walk

1.     It has been stated that a true genius is not someone who has great knowledge, but some who has great knowledge and is able to implement that knowledge into every facet of life. The apostle Paul fits that definition perhaps more than any human in history other than the Lord Himself.

2.     Paul was perhaps able to attain to the depths of the knowledge of God more than any other. But what made Paul a genius (humanly speaking) was that fact that he was able to implement the knowledge of God into every area of life, every church, every situation, and every believer. For Him, the ultimate in God’s will was to “walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.”

C.    Fruitful Walk

1.     There is a bottom line with all doctrine and theology. The bottom line is fruitful living.  When you learn Bible Study methods, you learn about the importance of context, observations, interpretation. But Bible Study methods always rightly conclude with the last principle of Application. That is the ultimate bottom line.

a.     Is there an action to be taken (1Co 16:13; Phil 2:14)?

b.     Is there a command to obey (2Th 3:4, 6, 12; 1Jo 4:1)?

c.     Is there an example to follow (2Th 3:7; 1Pe 2:21)?

d.     Is there a sin to be confessed (Mat 5:23-24; 1Co 8:12)?

e.     Is there a sin to avoid (1Co 6:18; 1Pe 2:16)?

f.     Is there a promise to claim (Rom 10:13; 1Th 4:17)?

g.     Is there a condition to meet (1Ti 3:10; 2Co 2:2)?

h.     Is there a path to avert (Psa 1:1; 2Ti 4:4)?

i.      Is there a challenge to face (1Pe 4:13; Gal 6:2)?

j.      Is there an attitude to correct (Phil 2:3; Col 3:12)?

k.     Is there a perspective to be changed (Rom 6:13; Eph 5:8)?

l.      Is there a truth or doctrine to be understood (1Co 15:20; Heb 6:1)?

m.   Is there an area that I need to open to the Holy Spirit’s control? (Gal 5:25; Gal 5:16; Eph 5:18).

2.     Paul wrote in 1Ti 1:5, “But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.”

3.     Jesus taught us the difference between a wise person and a foolish person. It had been proposed to me to conclude every sermon with the parable with which Jesus concluded the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 7. Well, today, at least, I’m going to do that.

4.     "Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock.  "And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. "Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. "The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell-- and great was its fall."





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