16 Let the message about the Messiah dwell richly among you, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, and singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, with gratitude in your hearts to God. Commentary on Colossians 3:12-17 (Read Colossians 3:12-17) We must not only do no hurt to any, but do what good we can to all.

In Christian community and in technology ministry, conflict is a reality. The rendering that has been given by others, “super omnia haec,” (above all these things,) instead of insuper , (over and above,) is, in my opinion, meagre. I answer, that here, too, we must understand as implied what he expresses elsewhere, (Ephesians 6:1) — in the Lord. Thus we see education, exhortation, and worshipful expression. For what is to be more desired by us than this — that our life remain with the very fountain of life. As we clothe ourselves in Christ (take on his way of life) we are transformed, not merely by our own actions, but above all by God’s own love at work in the gospel of God’s grace at work in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Because they are dead to the world. He is not speaking to the unsaved or to those whose desire should be anything less that complete surrender to Christ. 3 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. The verses of this lesson (verses 12-17) focus on Christian virtue, defining and describing Christian character while speaking to the community of believers. As, however it is difficult to restrain them, he points out also the remedy, that the peace of God may carry the victory, because it must be a bridle, by which carnal affections may be restrained. 17. As Christ lived, so the Christians are to live. While in this world, where there is so much corruption in our hearts, quarrels will sometimes arise. 22Servants, be obedient. Paul has made mention of it here to intimate that Christ encompasses us by his power, that we may not think that distance of place is a cause of separation between us and him, and that at the same time his majesty may excite us wholly to reverence him.

NOW, the wonderful thing is, that we not only live in the security of being in union with CHRIST and are hidden in HIM, but we have a double security - for we are ALSO hidden WITH Christ IN GOD. For the genuine exposition of the passage is this — that other things will be in a desirable state as to our life, if love be exercised among us. 3.For ye are dead.

14 Above all, put on love-the perfect bond of unity. As, however, it frequently happens, that we come in contact with wicked and ungrateful men, there is need of patience, that it may cherish mildness in us. Psalms, hymns. Singing in your hearts.

(1 Corinthians 7:30) (433). They were to be obedient to their masters (Colossians 3:22), working as for the Lord (Colossians 3:23). Application Point 1: The Gospel is more than that which saves; it is also that which changes! Heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience are to characterize our lives.

It is the Lord Christ you are serving” (Colossians 3:23-24) I love the exchange the Bible often gives believers. Specifically, this is tested when conflict arises. Elect I take here to mean, set apart. Application Point 2: The Gospel has implications in all of life-in our relationships, our decisions, and the way we lead and serve the church. 16.Let the word of Christ dwell. For, unquestionably, Paul here addresses men and women of all ranks; nor would he simply have them take a slight taste merely of the word of Christ, but exhorts that it should dwell in them; that is, that it should have a settled abode, and that largely, that they may make it their aim to advance and increase more and more every day. It would be more suitable to render it, Before all these things. I do not find fault with the rendering of Erasmus — solet venire — (is wont to come,) but as the present tense is often taken in Scripture instead of the future, according to the idiom of the Hebrew language, I have preferred to leave the rendering undecided, so that it might be accommodated to either meaning. Let us therefore bear in mind that that is a true and holy thinking as to Christ, which forthwith bears us up into heaven, that we may there adore him, and that our minds may dwell with him. Hence it might be allowable to render it more briefly, and I am not sure but that it might also be a better rendering, thus: Lie not one to another. The previous section of the letter (verses 5-11) with its concern with vices is now left behind. They are, therefore, our members, inasmuch as they in a manner stick close to us. Notice, however, that building on the idea of putting off the old man and putting on the new man from verses nine and 10, Paul says to "put on" these things.

It is also to be noticed, that the old man is distinguished by his works, as a tree is by its fruits. By this he means, that even just occasions of quarrel, according to the views of men, ought not to be followed out. What then? In today’s devotion, we will be looking at Colossians 3:12-17 to help us do just that. because God is immutable and cannot change His mind – this is an unchangeable fact in each of our lives. In 15, we are to let the peace of the Messiah, which Paul again relates to our having been called to unity in the church, rule over the condition of our hearts. Now, the image of God resides in the whole of the soul, inasmuch as it is not the reason merely that is rectified, but also the will. Verse 13 describes what this will actually look like in real life.

Colossians 3:1-17 is a recognizable section of the letter. Second, verses 5-17 elaborate the meaning of this exhortation. When he bids us be thankful, I do not take this as referring so much to the remembrance of favors, as to sweetness of manners. (431). (Romans 8:24.). 20Children, obey your parents. For more information and reproduction guidelines please contact us at 919-325-0120 or info@churchproduction.com, Putting on the Gospel: A Devotion From Colossians 3:12-17. Because the Lord Jesus died – we who are His seed also died, and the sin issue in our lives was dealt with there and then. At first glance this text about Samuel’s early years seems not to provide many resources for preaching and teaching. As far as God is concerned every sin you and I have ever committed, past, present and future, was dealt with at this point on the cross. Living holds the first place: walking comes afterwards, as in Galatians 5:25. chapter 3. colossians 3:1-25.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. Finally, in verse 17, the author tells the Colossians to do whatever they do — be it in word or in deed — in the name of the Lord, all the while giving thanks to God through him. 3… He mentions, first, bowels of mercy, by which expression he means an earnest affection, with yearnings, as it were, of the bowels: Secondly, he makes mention of kindness, (for in this manner I have chosen to render χρηστότητα,) by which we make ourselves amiable. Those who are the elect of God, holy and beloved, ought to be lowly and compassionate towards all. For we are, saved by hope.

He would have the songs of Christians, however, to be spiritual, not made up of frivolities and worthless trifles. I answer again, that it is to shew, that obedience must be rendered not merely to just commands, but also to such as are unreasonable.

chapter 3. colossians 3:1-25.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. Perhaps a final decision is not necessary, though anyone working with commentaries on this epistle will encounter discussions about the nature of the material in this section. At times, however, it is nearly impossible to determine which kind of issue one is dealing with. (445) He employs, however, a very appropriate metaphor; for as among wrestlers, (446) he who has vanquished all the others carries off the palm, so he would have the peace of God be superior to all carnal affections, which often hurry us on to contentions, disagreements, quarrels, secret grudges. Here, truly, is choice consolation for all that are under subjection, inasmuch as they are informed that, while they willingly serve their masters, their services are acceptable to Christ, as though they had been rendered to him. Why? He gives the name of the peace of God to that which God has established among us, as will appear from what follows. 15 And let the peace of the Messiah, to which you were also called in one body, control your hearts. Colossians 3:1 "If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God." And, at the same time, he admonishes us how unreasonable were the disposition of the man, who should refuse to bear up (435) until that day. The Christian community lives as it embodies the very gospel by which it was called and that it now proclaims. That this may be the better understood, let us take notice that there is a twofold mortification. The temptation in the heat of the moment for us tech folks is to be so focused on preventing a distraction or quality lapse in our areas of responsibility, that we forsake Paul's command to love and to let "the peace of the Messiah" govern our interactions with one another.