Good lives (Col. 1:10)


You may lead lives

Worthy of the Lord,

Fully pleasing

To him,

As you bear fruit

In every good work,

And as you grow

In the knowledge

Of God.”

περιπατῆσαι ἀξίως τοῦ Κυρίου εἰς πᾶσαν ἀρεσκείαν, ἐν παντὶ ἔργῳ ἀγαθῷ καρποφοροῦντες καὶ αὐξανόμενοι τῇ ἐπιγνώσει τοῦ Θεοῦ,

Paul said, “Thus, you may lead lives or walk worthy (περιπατῆσαι ἀξίως) of the Lord (τοῦ Κυρίου), fully pleasing to him (εἰς πᾶσαν ἀρεσκείαν), as you bear fruit (καρποφοροῦντες) in every good work (ἐν παντὶ ἔργῳ ἀγαθῷ), and as you grow (καὶ αὐξανόμενοι) in the knowledge (τῇ ἐπιγνώσει) of God (τοῦ Θεοῦ).”  Only the Pauline letters used this word ἐπιγνώσει, that means knowledge of a particular point, perception, discernment, recognition, or intuition, and the word ἀξίως, that means worthy.  Only this unique word ἀρεσκείαν, is found here in Colossians, that means a desire to please, or pleasing.  Paul wanted them to lead good lives or walk worthy of the Lord.  They just had to be fully pleasing to God.  All their good works would bear fruit.  They would continue to grow in their knowledge of God.  Do you want to grow in the knowledge about God?