Psychological Health

Psychology literally means “the study of the soul”, derived from the terms ψυχή — psukhē, “breath, spirit, soul” and λογία — logia, “study of” or “research”.  In our New Testament Scriptures, the word psukhē is most often translated soul, and it would do us well to find out from the Creator of the human soul those things that will cultivate psychological, or soul health.

Now from the Scriptures, we will not find a mere academic study, but we will find practical instructions that, if followed by believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, contain a promise from the God of Peace that the believer will have the protection of the peace of God.

All in the Family

A Study of Colossians 3:17–21

And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the Name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him.

Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord.

Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them. Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.

Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.

Now we come to the place where we first begin to see the Christian life begin to show itself.  Verse 17 connects to verse 16, where we learn of our living together and ministry to each other in the body, so now it connects to verse 17 where we learn of our living together in the family and in work and life situations. Continue reading “All in the Family”

The Apostle Prays for the Saints

A Study of Colossians 1:9–11

For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness… (Colossians 1:9–11)

Now we will continue this study in Colossians looking further into the content of Paul’s prayer for these dear saints that he has learned about through Epaphras, his fellowprisoner.  The previous study concentrated on knowledge of the will of God.  Knowing the will of God is the first step to walking worthy, because we cannot walk the path before we know the path.  Indeed, it is also true that we cannot know the path until we walk it, so this is again an iterative process.  We learn, know, and walk, and we learn more as we walk.  The Lord teaches us as we walk.

The Knowledge of His Will

A Study of Colossians 1:9

For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; (Colossians 1:9)

Paul’s first ministry for these saints is this one: he earnestly and sincerely prays for them.  This unceasing prayer truly helps to understand the imperative to “pray without ceasing”.  We never stop praying. The Apostle of Grace then lets them know the contents his prayer for them.  After hearing their love for him in the Spirit from Epaphras (Colossians 1:8), he began to pray without ceasing for them from the very day.  What great praise must have filled the heart of the jailed apostle—the ambassador in bonds!  But it did not end with praise, but with desire for their good and desire for their growth in the Lord. Continue reading “The Knowledge of His Will”

The Two Sons

Our Lord once told a beautiful story of a father’s love for his two sons.  The one son was selfish and had no concern for his father or any of his family.  He was concerned with getting his portion and living the high life.  This “high life” that he lived turned out to be a disaster for him.  The far country turned out a place of slavery and poverty, while he came to know the hard way that living as his father’s son was so much better that living the high life in the far country.  Continue reading “The Two Sons”

Grace, Mercy, Justice, and the Love of God

A Study of Titus 2:13-3:8

For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Continue reading “Grace, Mercy, Justice, and the Love of God”

Knowing the Lord

When first coming face to face with the Lord of Glory, the persecutor was stopped dead in his tracks, and his question to the Lord was his first act of faith.  He knew it was the Lord.  He needed an answer as to who the Lord was.  The answer provided knowledge, yet must have filled Saul with fear, for it was the very answer he did not want to hear.  He knew that he was the enemy of Jesus, and probably fully expected instant doom.  Yet this answer of grace from our Lord was a foreshadowing of the new dispensation, the reign of grace where God delights to show grace and mercy to the very worst of His enemies.  And this question of “Who art thou?” was Saul’s beginning and the answer was the beginning of revelation to him.

And I [Saul of Tarsus] answered, Who art thou, Lord? And He said unto me, I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom thou persecutest. [Act 22:8] Continue reading “Knowing the Lord”