Every Christian is faced with a question: “Who will I identify with, the world or with Jesus?”. “Passion” means uncontrolled illegitimate desire, like an inward fire that is kindled in the heart. It is a worthwhile study to see what follows each statement. Here is a Bible study, commentary, and summary of Colossians chapter three. b. Fornication, uncleanness, passion and evil desire: Each of these terms refers to sexual sins. On account of these the wrath of God is coming. We must participate on putting these things on just like we must take the initiative of putting on the armor of God (Eph 6:11). There is no way that Jesus would walk in any of these sins, so if we identify with Him, we won’t walk in them either. How can we “put to death” what is earthly in us? Why would Paul say “do not be harsh with” our wives? “The apostle says, Let it rule. 4 When Christ, who is your a life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. This work of the new creation not only deals with the old man and gives us the new man patterned after Jesus Christ; it also breaks down the barriers that separate people in society. The Old Testament The only remedy for sinful passions is found in the believers’ experience of union with Christ.” (Vaughan). Paul says that Christians once walked in these sins. Individual instructors or editors may still require the use of URLs. Minor Prophets Colossians 3:15-16 “And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. v. Therefore, as is fitting in the Lord means: vi. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth, 3 for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. In part, the wrath of God comes as God allows men to continue in sinful – and therefore self-destructive – behavior (as in Romans 1:24-32). Bible > BSB > Colossians 3 Colossians 3 Berean Study Bible: Par Put On the New Self (Ephesians 4:17–32) 1 Therefore, since you have been raised with Christ, strive for the things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. The husband doesn’t have it any easier and in fact, it is more difficult because husbands are told to love their wives in the same way that Jesus loves the church and died for us, so “don’t be harsh with them” since Christ’s not harsh with us. 4:7), believers have because of that eternal peace. What does Paul mean by writing, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly?”, Colossians 3:18-19 “Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. 8:13; Zech. Focus on 3:5-7. As is fitting in the Lord does not define the extent of a wife’s submission. By proceeding, you consent to our cookie usage. Colossians 3:15 "And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful." 5 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. What behaviors (includes thoughts, words, and actions) are you to “put to death” in your life? Verse 5 – Our lives have been transformed. 3. i. Today we're gonna be studying chapter 3 of the Book of Colossians. In the ancient world – under Jewish, Greek, and Roman customs, all power and privileges belonged to husbands in regard to wives, to fathers in regard to children, and to masters in regard to slaves. But these “lesser” sins are also incompatible, so put off these sins also. GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, The Whole Bible The Greek word for “rule” as in “let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts” is like that of an umpire. We put to death in the sense of denying these things and considering them dead to us and us dead to them. “It is most significant to note that every one of the graces listed has to do with personal relationships between man and man. 2 Corinthians 3:18 – And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. The Berean Christian Bible Study Resources. Wisdom Literature We're calling this a Bible Study day. Paul challenges us to put off the old man in every area of our lives. (Col 3:10-11) As we put off the old man, we must put on the new man. Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged. Mortify them, kill them, suppress them, as weeds or vermin which spread and destroy all about them. What is our inheritance that will be our reward? His heavenly supervisor may prepare a reprimand as well. [A previous revision of this page can be found here]. Tagged as: Colossians Chapter 3 Bible Study - This is the third of four weekly studies on the Book of Colossians. This thinks that as is fitting in the Lord defines the limit of submission. Does God make distinctions between people of substance and people who are poor? Pauline Epistles iii. (Col 3:5-7) Put to death the things that are against God and part of this world. Morgan lists three ways that covetousness is terribly destructive: iv. If the family is a team, then the husband is “captain” of the team. Notify me of followup comments via e-mail, Previous post: Inspiring Christian Quotes About Grace, Next post: Colossians 4 Bible Study, Summary and Discussion Questions. Love perfectly fulfills what God requires of us in relationships. Poetical Books “Elect” is a word that frightens some, but it should be taken both as a comfort and as a destiny to fulfill. All those barriers are broken down. iii. Instead, one should see that the abolition of slavery came from Christian people and impulses, and not from any other major religion and certainly not from secularism. Inherent in those titles is a relationship of authority and submission to authority. Prophets d. Above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection: Love is the summary of all the things described in this passage. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory, The wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience, In which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them, But now you yourselves are to put off all these, Anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. This is also wrong. ii. Simply put, the Christian should not live like the sons of disobedience. Is there anything wrong with thinking about things here on earth? Just and fair: This is even more powerful than a command for masters to be kind or pleasant to slaves. Our failure to exercise Biblical authority, and our failure to submit to Biblical authority, isn’t just wrong and sad – it sins against the very nature of God. If then you were raised with Christ: Paul here begins a section where he focuses on practical Christian living, with the clear understanding that practical Christian living is built on the foundation of theological truth. Colossians 3. i. The whole thing, then, is lifted to a new and higher level.” (Vaughan). And this was the status of the majority of ‘professional’ people such as teachers and doctors as well as that of menials and craftsmen.” (Vaughan). i. In order to seek these things the mind must be set on them.” (Morgan), ii. “Paul, the prisoner, an eccentric Jew to the Romans and a worse-than-Gentile traitor to the Jews, will be seen as Paul the apostle, the servant of the King. b. Paul speaks about putting on the things of God like we would put on clothing and maybe that’s because they don’t put themselves on us by themselves. “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.” (Clarke), c. Because of these things: The sins mentioned previously are part of the way the world lives and not the way Jesus lives. In these you too once walked, when you were living in them.”. Major Prophets a. Others have blamed these passages for the practice of slavery. Sometimes we say, “Music is his life” or “Sports is his life” or “He lives for his work.” Of the Christian it should be said, “Jesus Christ is his life.”, ii. It defines the motive of a wife’s submission. Covetousness is simple, but insidious greed, and nothing less than idolatry. d. Husbands, love your wives: Paul’s words to husbands safeguards his words to wives. What he really means is, “Husband, continually practice self-denial for the sake of your wife.”. The Gospels What does Paul mean by “set your minds on things that are above?”. Children, obey your parents in all things: Paul has in mind children who are still in their parents’ household and under their authority. When we consider the staggering debt Jesus forgave for us, and the comparative smallness of the debts others have toward us, it is base ingratitude for us to not forgive them (as in the parable Jesus spoke in Matthew 18:21-35). Set your mind on things above: The best Christian living comes from minds that are fixed on heaven. “More than half the people seen on the streets of the great cities of the Roman world were slaves. e. And do not be bitter toward them: The implication is perhaps the wife has given the husband some reason to be bitter. There have been two main “wrong” interpretations of this phrase, each favoring a certain “position.”. “Far more culpable is the attitude of modern ‘clockwatchers,’ who have contracted to serve their employer and receive an agreed remuneration for their labor. If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. A significant measure of our Christian life is found simply in how we treat people and the quality of our relationships with them. “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.” (Clarke). On that day, all will see the saints of God for what they really are, not as they merely appear to this world. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”. It is easy to do because the problem is usually most evident in the bad behavior in the child. “Impurity” is moral impurity. The Book of Colossians, Chapter 3, verses 1-12 is what I would call a self-check or faith diagnostic for the believer to assess their walk with Christ. “He therefore adds to barbarian the Scythian as the extreme example.” (Peake). The New Testament "a renewal in which there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and freeman, but Christ is all, and in all." Now, that you are converted to God, act in reference to heavenly things as ye did formerly in reference to those of earth.” (Clarke), iii. The Colossians, insignificant ex-pagans from a third-rate country town, will be seen in a glory which, if it were now to appear, one might be tempted to worship.” (Wright). All of these barriers existed in the ancient Roman world; and the power of God through the Gospel of Jesus Christ broke them all down. Historical Books i. Thank you for registering. 1. in the resource materials are not necessarily affirmed, in total, by this ministry. ii. But he who does wrong will be repaid for what he has done, and there is no partiality. Will be repaid... and there is no partiality: For ancient Christian slaves and for modern Christian workers, there is no guarantee on earth of fairness of treatment from those whom they work for. Christianity was new and seemed too good and too simple to be true. Jack has written 1101 articles on What Christians Want To Know! iv. Poetical Books The idea is “you submit to God in absolutely everything without question, so you must submit to your husband in the same absolute way.” This thinks that as is fitting in the Lord defines the extent of submission. God promises to reward those who work with that kind of heart. -------------------- GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Use semicolons to separate groups: 'Gen;Jdg;Psa-Mal' or 'Rom 3-12;Mat 1:15;Mat 5:12-22', There are options set in 'Advanced Options', The Whole Bible Therefore put to death your members: Therefore points back to our identification with the risen and enthroned Lord Jesus mentioned in Colossians 3:1-4. “Anyone who has served in the armed forces knows that ‘rank’ has to do with order and authority, not with value or ability.” (Wiersbe), iii. i. General Epistles There are exceptions to this command for a wife to submit to her own husband. He isn’t submitted to the general so much as a person as he is to the general as a general. “Evil desire” refers to reach… iv. Prophets Therefore, as the elect of God: The new man is elect of God. It literally means “to be under in rank.” It speaks of the way that an army is organized among levels of rank, with generals and colonels and majors and captains and sergeants and privates. Colossians 3 Be Transformed by the Knowledge of Christ Looking Above 3:1 If then you were raised together with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated on the right hand of God. We can almost picture a person taking off the old and putting on the new man in Jesus. But that isn’t what Paul writes about. The word has little to do with emotion; it has much to do with self-denial for the sake of another. i. What Do Christians Believe About Dinosaurs? But he is still under rank to the general. v. “The form of the verb (hypotassesthe, middle voice) shows that the submission is to be voluntary. 3. ii. But now you yourselves are to put off all these: The sins Paul next lists (anger, wrath, and so forth) are regarded by many as “little” sins that Christians may overlook with little danger. When one thinks of how Christ forgave you it should make us much more generous with forgiveness. Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged” (Col 3:20-21). ©2013 David Guzik – No distribution beyond personal use without permission Wisdom Literature GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Select an Ending Point There are limits to the submission parents can expect of children. Paul asked masters to make a recognition that would undermine the very foundations of slavery. a. Therefore, “When a tide of passion or a surge of anger is felt, it must be dealt with as the alien intruder it really is, and turned out of the house as having no right to be there at all, let alone to be giving orders.” (Wright). (Col 3:18-19) The new man’s marriage relationship. b. In these you too once walked, when you were living in them.”, “shows no partiality to princes, nor regards the rich more than the poor, for they are all the work of his hands”, whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him”, “Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. Used by permission. Major Prophets Pentateuch A true Christian can not be comfortable in habitual sin. What does Paul mean by writing “Christ is all, and in all?”. He did his graduate work at Moody Theological Seminary. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. There are levels of rank, and one is obligated to respect those in higher rank. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. Note: MLA no longer requires the URL as part of their citation standard. “We can scarcely say what is the exact difference between these three expressions.” (Clarke), iii. It is only when there is a disagreement that submission is tested. GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Select an Ending Point Prophets Sometimes partiality means that bad workers are unfairly rewarded and good employees are penalized or left unrewarded. Masters, give your bondservants what is just and fair, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven. -------------------- The Apostle Paul suggestion includes, “whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Col 3:17). Paul assures both our ancient brethren and us that there is a final rewarding and punishment, and with this there is no partiality. Put on tender mercies, kindness, humility: Each one of the qualities mentioned in this passage express themselves in relationships. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. This free downloable Bible study guide looks at Paul's letter to the Colossians. Does Paul put sexual immorality first for a reason? It honors God’s Word and His order of authority. Bible Study, “All the virtues listed in vv. i. The wife’s submission is never to be forced on her by a demanding husband; it is the deference that a loving wife, conscious that her home (just as any other institution) must have a head, gladly shows.” (Vaughan). Tender mercies: If something is tender, it is sensitive to touch. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.”. 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