filthy communication--The context favors the translation, "abusive language," rather than impure conversation. See Romans 1:26, Romans 1:27; and the notes there. Let this, therefore, be as the upper garment; the surtout that invests the whole man. See on Ephesians 4:2; (note). But Christ is all, and in all - All mankind are his creatures, all conditions are disposed and regulated by his providence, and all human beings are equally purchased by his blood. ( Ephesians 6:5 Ephesians 6:6 .) He that is unfaithful in that which is little, will be unfaithful in much, if he have opportunity; and God alone is the defense against an unfaithful servant. SEEK THE THINGS THAT ARE ABOVE, WHERE CHRIST IS 1 If then you were raised together with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated on the right hand of God. He attended Wesley College, Sheffield (1851-56), and took up mining engineering, but afterward studied theology at the Wesleyan College, Richmond (1862-64). TERTULLIAN [Apology, 39], records that at the love-feasts, after the water had been furnished for the hands and the lights had been literally, according as any had the power, whether by his remembrance of Scripture, or by his powers of composition, he used to be invited to sing praises to God for the common good. Colossians 3:12. . Justification by faith is assumed as already having taken place in those whom Paul addresses, Colossians 3:12 , "elect of God, holy . This clause expresses the seat and source of true psalmody, whether in private or public, namely, the heart as well as the voice; singing (compare Colossians 3:15 , "peace . We are already seated there in Him as our Head; and hereafter shall be seated by Him, as the Bestower of our bliss. For you died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. Colossians 3:3, NASB: "For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God." Your life is hid with Christ in God - Christ is your treasure; and where your treasure is, there is your heart. Colossians 3:3 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Colossians 3:3, NIV: "For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God." Rule in your hearts - Βραβευετω· Let the peace of Christ judge, decide, and govern in your hearts, as the brabeus, or judge, does in the Olympic contests. 15. peace of God--The oldest manuscripts and versions read, "The peace of CHRIST" (compare Philippians 4:7 ). Evil concupiscence - Επιθυμιαν κακην . Mortify them, kill them, suppress them, as weeds or vermin which spread and destroy all about them. when ye lived in them--These sins were the very element in which ye "lived" (before ye became once for all dead with Christ to them); no wonder, then, that ye "walked" in them. rule in your hearts"), the psalm of love and praise being in the heart before it finds vent by the lips, and even when it is not actually expressed by the voice, as in closet-worship. Even bowels of mercy are to be set in motion by love; from love they derive all their feeling, and all their power and promptitude to action. 4. It is naught, it is naught, saith the buyer; but afterwards he boasteth; i.e. Now, that ye are converted to God, act in reference to heavenly things as ye did formerly in reference to those of earth; and vice versa. 22. ( Ephesians 6:1 .) If . God in this case is the artist, man is the copy, and God himself the original from which this copy is to be taken. This arrangement the original will not only bear, but it absolutely requires it, and is not sense without it. And as the Divine nature cannot exist in forms or fashions, moral qualities alone are those which must be produced. Of ourselves we can no more ascend than a bar of iron lift itself up' from the earth. But now ye also put on all these - See on Ephesians 4:22; (note). Those who do not … Paul contrasts (as in Ephesians 5:18 Ephesians 5:19 ) the songs of Christians at their social meetings, with the bacchanalian and licentious songs of heathen feasts. God and the Father--The oldest manuscripts omit "and," which seems to have crept in from Ephesians 5:20 . Yet most people today have never heard of John Gill. The parallels are Eph. The apostle exhorts us to set our hearts upon heaven and take them off from this world, Colossians 3:1-4. Hence the apostle, interpreting the words of Moses, says that the image in which man was made, and in which he must be remade, ανακαινουμενον, made anew, consists in knowledge, righteousness, and true holiness. Through bad pointing this verse is not very intelligible; the several members of it should be distinguished thus: Let the doctrine of Christ dwell richly among you; teaching and admonishing each other in all wisdom; singing with grace in your hearts unto the Lord, in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Inordinate affection - Παθος· Unnatural and degrading passion; bestial lusts. . nor--Translate as Greek, "There is no such thing as Greek and Jew (the difference of privilege between those born of the natural seed of Abraham and those not, is abolished), circumcision and uncircumcision (the difference of legal standing between the circumcised and uncircumcised is done away, Galatians 6:15 )--bondman, freeman." Faithfulness is adhering unswervingly to God and His covenant. Though I know that to put on, and to be clothed with, are figurative expressions, and mean to assume such and such characters and qualities; yet there may be a higher meaning here. . To love God with all the heart, soul, mind, and strength, and one's neighbor as one's self, is the perfection which the new covenant requires, and which the grace and Spirit of Christ work in every sincerely obedient, humble believer; and that very love, which is the fulfilling of the law and the perfection itself which the Gospel requires, is also the bond of that perfection. William Barclay's Daily Study BibleColossians 3. ( Ephesians 4:22 ). Bowels of mercies, etc - Be merciful, not in act merely, but in spirit and affection. The false teacher, as a self-constituted umpire, defrauds you of your prize; but if the peace of Christ be your umpire ruling in your hearts, your reward is sure. Now, it is the prerogative of God to confer happiness; every godly man seeks his happiness in God; the covetous man seeks that in his money which God alone can give; therefore his covetousness is properly idolatry. View Colossians 3:5-11 The Community's Conversion from Vice When someone restores an old car, it is not enough to simply paint over the rust. . The apostle would have them to feel the slightest touch of another's misery; and, as their clothes are put over their body, so their tenderest feeling should be always within the reach of the miserable. Wrath, malice, Christ will not live in a heart that harbors malice. He should be ready to forgive, and while he is so, he can neither feel hatred nor malice towards the offender; but, as Christ does not forgive us till with penitent hearts we return unto him, acknowledging our offenses, so those who have trespassed against their neighbor are not to expect any act of forgiveness from the person they have injured, till they acknowledge the offense. The unity of the divine life shared in by all believers, counterbalances all differences, even as great as that between the polished "Greek" and the rude "Scythian." Rome errs in trying to set up a Church now regnant and triumphant. The singing which is here recommended is widely different from what is commonly used in most Christian congregations; a congeries of unmeaning sounds, associated to bundles of nonsensical, and often ridiculous, repetitions, which at once both deprave and disgrace the Church of Christ. The wicked are estranged from the womb; they go astray as soon as they are born, speaking lies, Ps. Barbarian, Scythian - Nor whether of the more or less tractable of the nations of the world; for although knowledge, and the most refined and sublime knowledge, is the object to be attained, yet, under the teaching and influence of the blessed Spirit, the most dull and least informed are perfectly capable of comprehending this Divine science, and becoming wise unto salvation. Thus the doctrine of God would dwell richly, that is, abundantly, among them. "Let the peace of Christ act as umpire when anger, envy, and such passions arise; and restrain them." in the name of the Lord Jesus--as disciples called by His name as His, seeking His guidance and help, and desiring to act so as to gain His approval ( Romans 14:8 , 1 Corinthians 10:31 , 2 Corinthians 5:15 , 1 Peter 4:11 ). This burning coat of wrath will not readily come off; but the apostle’s command is, “Put it off! And let the peace of God - Instead of Θεου, God, Χριστου, Christ, is the reading of ABC*D*FG, several others, both the Syriac, the Arabic of Erpen, Coptic, Ethopic, Armenian, Vulgate, and Itala, with several of the fathers; on this evidence Griesbach has inserted it in the text. and--The oldest manuscripts read "psalms, hymns, spiritual Agapæ or love-feasts, and in their family circles, they were to be so full of the Word of Christ in the heart that the mouth should give it utterance in hymns of instruction, admonition, and praise (compare Deuteronomy 6:7 ). After the image of him that created him - We have already seen that God made man in his own image; and we have seen in what that image consisted. 21. Colossians 3:18 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord. "Foul language" best retains the ambiguity of the original. in all--who believe and are renewed, without distinction of person; the sole distinction now is, how much each draws from Christ. Love begets love; and the more a man loves God and his neighbor, the more he is enabled to do so. . Colossians 3:8 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Colossians 3:8, NIV: "But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips." Colossians 3:5-6 “Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Anger, wrath, etc - They had not only lived in the evils mentioned Colossians 3:5, but also in those enumerated here; and they had not only laid aside the former, but they had laid aside the latter also. 3:18 "Wives, be subject to your husbands" This is a present middle imperative. fearing God--The oldest manuscripts read, "the Lord.". Those who are the elect of God, holy and beloved, ought to be lowly and compassionate towards all. “If then you were raised together with Christ“ (v. 1a). Colossians 3:2, KJV: "Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth." Doing every thing in the name of God, and referring every thing to his glory, is as rational as it is pious. Covetousness, which is idolatry - For the covetous man makes his money his god. And where love is wanting in the married life, there is hell upon earth. heartily--not from servile constraint, but with hearty good will. Most likely, it was not something definite — Stoicism, mystical Judaism, or the like. And by these preposterous means the simplicity of the Christian worship is destroyed, and all edification totally prevented. Colossians 3:8, ESV: "But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth." Colossians 3 I. EXHORTATIONS TO HEAVENLY AIMS, AS OPPOSED TO EARTHLY, ON THE GROUND OF UNION TO THE RISEN SAVIOUR; TO MORTIFY AND PUT OFF THE OLD MAN, AND TO PUT ON THE NEW; IN CHARITY, HUMILITY, WORDS OF EDIFICATION, THANKFULNESS; RELATIVE DUTIES. So, you should want more and more the things that belong to heaven. He sits there at God's right side. ye also--like other believers; answering to "ye also" ( Colossians 3:7 ) like other unbelievers formerly. The unity of the body is a strong argument for "peace" among the members. COLOSSIANS 3:1-2. Though the relation of bond and free actually existed, yet in relation to Christ, all alike were free in one aspect, and servants of Christ in another ( 1 Corinthians 7:22 , Galatians 3:28 ). By perpetual fault-finding "children" are "discouraged" or "disheartened." Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. by him--Greek, "through Him" as the channel of His grace to us, and of our thanksgiving to Him ( John 14:6 , end). However the body may suffer by excessive sensual indulgences, the appetite increases with the indulgence. As Elisha ( 2 Kings 2:2 ) said to Elijah when about to ascend, "As the Lord liveth . Bowels express the yearning compassion, which has its seat in the heart, and which we feel to act on our inward parts ( Genesis 43:30 , Jeremiah 31:20 , Luke 1:78 , Margin). Put on - as the elect of God - As the principal design of the apostle was to show that God had chosen the Gentiles, and called them to the same privileges as the Jews, and intended to make them as truly his people as the Jews ever were, he calls them the elect or chosen of God; and as the Jews, who were formerly the elect, were still beloved, and called to be holy, so he calls the Colossians beloved, and shows them that they are called with the same holy calling. Servants, obey - See on Ephesians 6:5-8; (note). Christ is all--Christ absorbs in Himself all distinctions, being to all alike, everything that they need for justification, sanctification, and glorification ( 1 Corinthians 1:30 , 3:21-23 , Galatians 2:20 ). For ye are dead - To all hopes of happiness from the present world; and, according to your profession, should feel no more appetite for the things of this life, than he does whose soul is departed into the invisible state. . "It doth not yet appear (Greek, 'is not yet manifested') what we shall be" ( 1 John 3:2 , 1 Peter 1:7 ). It is by love to God and man that love is to be preserved. . 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things() 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. The directions here to wives, husbands, children, parents, servants, and masters, are so exactly the same in substance with those in Ephesians 5:22-33; (note); Ephesians 6:1-9; (note), that there is no need to repeat what has been said on those passages; and to the notes there the reader is requested to refer. "If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right … Therefore Christ is God. and your life . The Head being quickened, the members are also quickened with Him. put off--Greek, "wholly put off"; utterly renounced [TITTMANN]. Not to have "peace ruling in your hearts" would be inconsistent with the "calling in one body," and would be practical unthankfulness to God who called us ( Ephesians 5:4 Ephesians 5:19 Ephesians 5:20 ). Copyright © 2020, Bible Study Tools. Literally, "And everything whatsoever ye do . For ye are dead — As to sin, so to the world and all earthly things, and that both by profession as Christians, and by an indispensable obligation laid upon you by Him whose laws you have engaged to observe. Colossians 3 The old life and the new life. But he that doeth wrong - It is possible for an unfaithful servant to wrong and defraud his master in a great variety of ways without being detected; but let all such remember what is here said: He that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he has done; God sees him, and will punish him for his breach of honesty and trust. Adam Clarke CommentaryColossians 3. "Commentary on Colossians 3:4". Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.” Colossians 3:13-14 “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. The present Church is one called out of the flesh, and the present world-course ( Ephesians 2:2 ), wherein such distinctions exist, to life in the Spirit, and to the future first resurrection: and this because Satan has such power now over the flesh and the world. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. Where the Head is, there the members must be. 8. 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