Purpose And Goal
Text: Colossians 2:2
The apostle Paul had a great sense of purpose in his life. He had followed well the footsteps of the Lord Jesus who taught His disciples by example how to live with high purpose (Mark 1:38). This sense of purpose affected the way he wrote.
It must also be said that Paul had very clear goals in mind as well. The combination of both purpose and goal make a strong combination!
“That their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love,
and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding,
to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ.”
1. The sense of Purpose
a) This is introduced by the word translated (Greek “hina”).
b) Paul shared about his conflicts with a great sense of purpose.
c) He wanted to bring encouragement to the hearts of his readers.
2. The Goals expressed
a) Encouragement to the heart is a worthy goal.
b) Encouragement can bring about a great sense of being knit together in love.
i) Love for the Lord.
ii) Love for the Christian faith.
iii) Love for the Church, the body of Christ.
iv) Love for each other.
c) “Attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding”
i) There are great depths of understanding to be fathomed.
ii) With depth of understanding comes full assurance too.
d) “The knowledge of the mystery of God”
i) The knowledge of God is vast and profound and thus “a mystery”.
ii) There is knowledge of God the Father.
iii) There is knowledge of Christ Jesus.
A CHALLENGE TO DEEPEN OUR KNOWLEDGE OF GOD
Let us be deeply challenged and motivated to increase and deepen our knowledge of God and of Christ Jesus, our Lord and Saviour! Let us not allow ourselves to become complacent in our understanding of deep and profound Biblical truths!