Colossians 1:12
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New International Version
and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.

King James Bible
Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:

Darby Bible Translation
giving thanks to the Father, who has made us fit for sharing the portion of the saints in light,

World English Bible
giving thanks to the Father, who made us fit to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light;

Young's Literal Translation
Giving thanks to the Father who did make us meet for the participation of the inheritance of the saints in the light,

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Commentary
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Giving thanks unto the Father - Knowing that ye have nothing but what ye have received from his mere mercy, and that in point of merit ye can never claim any thing from him.

Which hath made us meet - Ἱκανωσαντι· Who has qualified us to be partakers, etc. Instead of ἱκανωσαντι, some MSS. and versions have καλεσαντι, called; and B (the Codex Vaticanus) has both readings. Giving thanks unto the Father, who hath called and qualified us to be partakers.

Of the inheritance - Εις την μεριδα του κληρου. A plain allusion to the division of the promised land by lot among the different families of the twelve Israelitish tribes. The κληρος was the lot or inheritance belonging to the tribe; the μερις was the portion in that lot which belonged to each family of that tribe. This was a type of the kingdom of God, in which portions of eternal blessedness are dispensed to the genuine Israelites; to them who have the circumcision of the heart by the Spirit, whose praise is of God, and not of man.

Of the saints in light - Light, in the sacred writings, is used to express knowledge, felicity, purity, comfort, and joy of the most substantial kind; here it is put to point out the state of glory at the right hand of God. As in Egypt, while the judgments of God were upon the land, there was a darkness which might be felt yet all the Israelites had light in their dwellings; so in this world, while the darkness and wretchedness occasioned by sin remain, the disciples of Christ are light in the Lord, walk as children of the light and of the day, have in them no occasion of stumbling, and are on their way to the ineffable light at the right hand of God. Some think there is an allusion here to the Eleusinian mysteries, celebrated in deep caves and darkness in honor of Ceres; but I have already, in the notes to the Epistle to the Ephesians, expressed my doubts that the apostle has ever condescended to use such a simile. The phraseology of the text is frequent through various parts of the sacred writings, where it is most obvious that no such allusion could possibly be intended.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Giving.

Colossians 3:15,17 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also you are called in one body; and be you thankful...

1 Chronicles 29:20 And David said to all the congregation, Now bless the LORD your God. And all the congregation blessed the LORD God of their fathers...

Psalm 79:13 So we your people and sheep of your pasture will give you thanks for ever: we will show forth your praise to all generations.

Psalm 107:21,22 Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!...

Psalm 116:7 Return to your rest, O my soul; for the LORD has dealt bountifully with you.

Daniel 2:23 I thank you, and praise you, O you God of my fathers, who have given me wisdom and might...

Ephesians 5:4,20 Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks...

the Father.

Colossians 2:2 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and to all riches of the full assurance of understanding...

John 4:23 But the hour comes, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth...

John 14:6 Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes to the Father, but by me.

John 20:17 Jesus said to her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brothers, and say to them, I ascend to my Father...

1 Corinthians 8:6 But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things...

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

James 3:9 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.

1 John 1:3 That which we have seen and heard declare we to you, that you also may have fellowship with us...

made.

1 Kings 6:7 And the house, when it was in building, was built of stone made ready before it was brought thither...

Proverbs 16:1 The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the LORD.

Romans 8:29,30 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son...

Romans 9:23 And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had before prepared to glory,

2 Corinthians 5:5 Now he that has worked us for the selfsame thing is God, who also has given to us the earnest of the Spirit.

Titus 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify to himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

Revelation 22:14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life...

partakers.

Romans 11:17 And if some of the branches be broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them...

Romans 15:27 It has pleased them truly; and their debtors they are. For if the Gentiles have been made partakers of their spiritual things...

1 Corinthians 9:23 And this I do for the gospel's sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.

Ephesians 3:6 That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:

Hebrews 3:1,14 Why, holy brothers, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus...

1 Peter 5:1 The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ...

1 John 3:1-3 Behold, what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knows us not...

inheritance.

Matthew 25:34 Then shall the King say to them on his right hand, Come, you blessed of my Father...

Acts 20:32 And now, brothers, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up...

Acts 26:18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God...

Romans 8:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him...

Ephesians 1:11,18 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance...

1 Peter 1:2-5 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit...

in.

Psalm 36:9 For with you is the fountain of life: in your light shall we see light.

Psalm 97:11 Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart.

Proverbs 4:18 But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shines more and more to the perfect day.

Isaiah 60:19,20 The sun shall be no more your light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light to you...

Hebrews 12:23 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all...

Revelation 21:23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it...

Revelation 22:5 And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God gives them light...

Library
February 11. "Strengthened with all Might unto all Patience" (Col. I. 11).
"Strengthened with all might unto all patience" (Col. i. 11). The apostle prays for the Colossians, that they may be "strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, unto all patience and long-suffering with joyfulness." It is one thing to endure and show the strain on every muscle of your face, and seem to say with every wrinkle, "Why does not somebody sympathize with me?" It is another to endure the cross, "despising the shame" for the joy set before us. There are some trees in the
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth

'All Power'
'Strengthened with all power, according to the might of His glory, unto all patience and longsuffering with joy.'--COL. i. 11 (R.V.). There is a wonderful rush and fervour in the prayers of Paul. No parts of his letters are so lofty, so impassioned, so full of his soul, as when he rises from speaking of God to men to speaking to God for men. We have him here setting forth his loving desires for the Colossian Christians in a prayer of remarkable fulness and sweep. Broadly taken, it is for their perfecting
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Twenty-Third Day for the Holy Spirit in Your Own Work
WHAT TO PRAY.--For the Holy Spirit in your own Work "I labour, striving according to His working, which worketh in me mightily."--COL. i. 29. You have your own special work; make it a work of intercession. Paul laboured, striving according to the working of God in him. Remember, God is not only the Creator, but the Great Workman, who worketh all in all. You can only do your work in His strength, by Him working in you through the Spirit. Intercede much for those among whom you work, till God gives
Andrew Murray—The Ministry of Intercession

Knowledge and Obedience.
"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 long-suffering with joyfulness; giving thanks unto the Father."--COL. i. 9-12. The Epistles
W. H. Griffith Thomas—The Prayers of St. Paul

Cross References
Acts 20:32
"Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.

Acts 26:18
to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.'

2 Corinthians 11:14
And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.

Ephesians 1:18
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people,

Ephesians 2:18
For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.

Ephesians 5:8
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light

Ephesians 5:11
Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.

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