TUESDAY, AUGUST 1
Scripture: Colossians 1:24-28
Colossians 1:24-28 says, “I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for the sake of His body, which is the church, of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God which was given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God, the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints. To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus.” The chief mystery of the New Testament is Christ in us, the hope of glory, and we know that praying in the Spirit then unfolds that mystery. When we pray in the Spirit, we are praying mysteries. Verse 28 is important because it says a key purpose of preaching is warning and teaching every person in all wisdom that we may present everyone mature in Christ. The purpose for warning, teaching and preaching the Word is maturity in Christ and that is the product of wisdom. Tongues is clearly a primary path to that wisdom. And it is why Paul says he will pray with the Spirit and pray with the understanding also!