Colossians 3

Set love on Christ above 1
Kill your natural body parts 5
Stop anger; don't lie 8
Put on Christ's love; be forgiving; the word of Christ 12
Family member relationships; servants 18
Work sincerely; rewards 23
 1 ¶ If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
 2  Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
.3  For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
 4  When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
  1 - If The Greek leaves no doubt. "The connection with Col 2:18,23, is, he had condemned the "fleshly mind" and the "satiating to the full the flesh"; in contrast to this he now says, "If then ye have been once for all raised up (Greek, aorist tense) together with Christ" (namely, at your conversion and baptism, Ro 6:4)." (JFB)
  2 - Set your affections We may choose what we like where our affections are.
  3 - For ye are dead The believers addressed have been buried with Christ in baptism ro0603,4.
.5 ¶ Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence [lust, strong sexual desire], and covetousness, which is idolatry:
 6  For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:
 7  In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.
   5 - Mortify your members - Literally, "Put to death your members." The members are the body parts. Keeping them alive in our human nature means sin. Notice the first three sins in this verse.
  5 - Covetousness From pleonexia, the desire to get more. See the word in ro0129, 2co0905, ep0419, ep0503. Wanting something that belongs to someone else ex2017.
  6 - Wrath of God See ro0118.
.8 ¶ But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
 9  Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;
 10  And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:
.11  Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.
   8 - Put off Paul uses the metaphor of dressing and undressing taking off certain garments and putting on others.
  8 - Filthy communication What would this include? Jokes about adultery, unkind stories about other people, accounts of violence and dishonesty. This involves what we read and watch on TV. See ph0408.
.12 ¶ Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
 13  Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
 14  And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
  12 - Put on The characteristics of Christ mentioned are not part of our sinful nature. We need to put them on by committing our lives to our Lord every morning.
  14 - Bond Love for others draws us into harmony with Christ and makes us a witness jn1723. We also see the importance of belonging to a fellowship of believers.
 15  And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye 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.
.17  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.
  16 - Word ... in you The "you" is plural. Paul is writing to a group. Of course we may apply the promise for ourselves personally.
  17 - Word and deed This includes all we do.
  17 - Do all Compare 1co1031.
.18 ¶ Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord.
.19  Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.
 20  Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.
.21  Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.
 22  Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God:
   18 - Wives submit We must not overlook the last part of the verse. Also ep0521.
   19 - Husbands love One in authority tends to become impatient with imperfection. A husband who loves his wife will not ask her something that Jesus would not ask. The husband is the home leader. If he is not able to fulfill his role or neglects it, the wife needs to take over, gently. Husbands, at times, need to assume the responsibilities of the wife and mother. And of course they help each other in a happy marriage.
   21 - Provoke not Physical punishment often has this effect pr2313.
   22 - Servants Advice for employees and contractors.
.23  And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;
 24  Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.
 25  But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.
  23 - Heartily Or "from the heart" or "soul." ep0606, de0605 and "to the Lord" ep0607.
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