3a2b1c7d Giving Thanks to the Father
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Giving Thanks to the Father --
 Qualifier of Our Inheritance

Tuesday Bible Study Notes

Westside Care Center Tuesday, March 20, 2006

Prayer Prin. 3A: Sub.-Giving Thanks ...Father: C. Pat Lanyon

Review: Last time we studied the longsuffering with joy we are to exhibit in the midst of doing Godís will and praying for it to be done. We learned 1)God shows it to lead us to salvation; 2)That believers including Paul, the Hebrews Author, James, and Peter "prayed for, commanded, and showed it toward others." 3)We learned that it was given that we might show it to others as a Ďpatterní or a regular behavior we practice while doing Godís Will.

Colossians 1:9-12 (with outline sectional marking as we are seeking to understand it)

9 For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that (1B.) you may be filled with the knowledge of His will (1c.) in all wisdom and (2c.) spiritual understanding;

10 that you may 2B. walk worthy of the Lord, (1c1d.) fully pleasing Him, (1c2d.) being fruitful in every good work and (1c3d.) increasing in the knowledge of God;

11 (1c4d.) strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for (1c5d.) all patience and (1c6d.) longsuffering with joy;

12 (1c7d) giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.

Introduction:

There are many, many passages that encourage us to be thankful, but we would like to limit ourselves to the context of prayer for Godís will and being thankful to the Father for the sake of this Colossians passages. Therefore we first look at similar passages in the same book:

Col 2:2 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,

Col 3:15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. [16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.]

Col 3:17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

These verses teach us that the whole idea of doing Godís will includes first being a qualified partaker of actual Christian living. It results in a full understanding of what we all freely admit as being a Ďmystery of Godí which in turn shows a growing understanding of both the Father and also the Son. The end is a peacefulness that controls our heart. There is a unity involved since we are "called into one body." This calling has instructions coming through "psalms, hymns and spiritual songs" Ė all of which teach doctrine through Godís Word. Works done which are Godís will are done through Jesus, Godís Son toward the Father in an atmosphere of thanksgiving! And there is an obvious focus on the Father, as can be seen in Colossians above, and also here:

Joh 4:23 "But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.

Joh 14:6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

Joh 20:17 Jesus said to her, "Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, `I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.'"

1Co 8:6 yet for us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we for Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and through whom we live.

Eph 4:6 one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

Jas 3:9 With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God.

1Jo 1:3 that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.

These verses emphasize the importance of keeping our focus on the Father as we seek to do Godís will.

The inheritance of the saints. We have studied this before under the Adoration section, but the following verses are good to study for a deeper understanding.

Ro 8:29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.

Ro 8:30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.

Ro 9:23 and that He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He had prepared beforehand for glory,

2Co 5:5; Tit 2:14; Re 22:14

Ro 11:17 And if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, and with them became a partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree,

Ro 15:27 It pleased them indeed, and they are their debtors. For if the Gentiles have been partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister to them in material things.

1Co 9:23; Eph 3:6; Heb 3:1; Heb 3:14; 1Pe 5:1; 1Jo 3:1-3

In the light. Consider the symbolic object light in the context of our study of Godís Will:

Ps 36:9 For with You is the fountain of life; In Your light we see light.

Ps 97:11 Light is sown for the righteous, And gladness for the upright in heart.

Pr 4:18 But the path of the just is like the shining sun, That shines ever brighter unto the perfect day.

Isa 60:19-20 "The sun shall no longer be your light by day, Nor for brightness shall the moon give light to you; But the LORD will be to you an everlasting light, And your God your glory. 20 Your sun shall no longer go down, Nor shall your moon withdraw itself; For the LORD will be your everlasting light, And the days of your mourning shall be ended.

Heb 12:23 to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect,

Re 21:23 The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light.

Re 22:5 There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever.


For Further Study

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Col 1:12; thanksgiving:

v. 12 (1c7d) giving thanks to the Father

Col 3:15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.

Col 3:17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

1Ch 29:20 Then David said to all the assembly, "Now bless the LORD your God." So all the assembly blessed the LORD God of their fathers, and bowed their heads and prostrated themselves before the LORD and the king.

Ps 79:13 So we, Your people and sheep of Your pasture, Will give You thanks forever; We will show forth Your praise to all generations.

Ps 107:21 Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men!

Ps 107:22 Let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, And declare His works with rejoicing.

Ps 116:7 Return to your rest, O my soul, For the LORD has dealt bountifully with you.

Da 2:23 "I thank You and praise You, O God of my fathers; You have given me wisdom and might, And have now made known to me what we asked of You, For You have made known to us the king's demand."

Eph 5:4 neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks.

Eph 5:20 giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

the Father ... has qualified us to be partakers

Col 2:2 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,

Joh 4:23 "But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.

Joh 14:6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

Joh 20:17 Jesus said to her, "Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, `I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.'"

1Co 8:6 yet for us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we for Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and through whom we live.

Eph 4:6 one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

Jas 3:9 With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God.

1Jo 1:3 that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.

to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.

1Ki 6:7 And the temple, when it was being built, was built with stone finished at the quarry, so that no hammer or chisel or any iron tool was heard in the temple while it was being built.

Pr 16:1 The preparations of the heart belong to man, But the answer of the tongue is from the LORD.

Ro 8:29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.

Ro 8:30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.

Ro 9:23 and that He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He had prepared beforehand for glory,

2Co 5:5 Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.

Tit 2:14 who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.

Re 22:14 Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city.

Ro 11:17 And if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, and with them became a partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree,

Ro 15:27 It pleased them indeed, and they are their debtors. For if the Gentiles have been partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister to them in material things.

1Co 9:23 Now this I do for the gospel's sake, that I may be partaker of it with you.

Eph 3:6 that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the gospel,

Heb 3:1 Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus,

Heb 3:14 For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end,

1Pe 5:1 The elders who are among you I exhort, I who am a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that will be revealed:

1Jo 3:1 Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.

1Jo 3:2 Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.

1Jo 3:3 And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.

the inheritance of the saints in the light.

Mt 25:34 "Then the King will say to those on His right hand, `Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

Ac 20:32 "So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.

Ac 26:18 `to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.'

Ro 8:17 and if children, then heirs----heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.

Eph 1:11 In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will,

Eph 1:18 the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,

1Pe 1:2 elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace be multiplied.

1Pe 1:3-5 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

the saints in the light.

Ps 36:9 For with You is the fountain of life; In Your light we see light.

Ps 97:11 Light is sown for the righteous, And gladness for the upright in heart.

Pr 4:18 But the path of the just is like the shining sun, That shines ever brighter unto the perfect day.

Isa 60:19-20 "The sun shall no longer be your light by day, Nor for brightness shall the moon give light to you; But the LORD will be to you an everlasting light, And your God your glory. 20 Your sun shall no longer go down, Nor shall your moon withdraw itself; For the LORD will be your everlasting light, And the days of your mourning shall be ended.

Heb 12:23 to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect,

Re 21:23 The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light.

Re 22:5 There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever.

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