While peace rules, all is safe. 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." (Colossians 3 Commentary on the Greek Text) Spurgeon (click complete text) has some insightful comments regarding the our death and new life in the Spirit: Aforetime we were natural men and discerned not the things that be of the Spirit of God. in one body--( Ephesians 4:4 ). We just don’t really know for sure what this other “philosophy” was. "The peace of GOD." Melody, which is allowed to be the most proper for devotional music, is now sacrificed to an exuberant harmony, which requires, not only many different kinds of voices, but different musical instruments to support it. "It doth not yet appear (Greek, 'is not yet manifested') what we shall be" ( 1 John 3:2 , 1 Peter 1:7 ). 22. Put it off!” It does not become a Christian to be an angry man. He exhorts to the mortification of sin, in the various instances of it, Colossians 3:5-11. I will not leave thee"; so we must follow the ascended Saviour with the wings of our meditations and the chariots of our affections. . Salem Media Group. Mortify--Greek, "make a corpse of"; "make dead"; "put to death." Colossians 3:18 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord. ( Ephesians 5:22-33 .) And as the Divine nature cannot exist in forms or fashions, moral qualities alone are those which must be produced. If . quarrel--rather as Greek, "cause of blame," "cause of complaint." Paul wroteto the Christians who lived in the city called Colossae. Where there is neither Greek nor Jew - In which new creation no inquiry is made what nation the persons belonged to, or from what ancestry they had sprung, whether in Judea or Greece. 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. Contrast "who mind earthly things" ( Philippians 3:19 ). . which is--that is, "for it is"; literally, "which thing is." 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 ). 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. Bibliography InformationClarke, Adam. . with grace--Greek, "IN grace," the element in which your singing is to be: "the grace" of the indwelling Holy Spirit. If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. 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. Faithfulness is adhering unswervingly to God and His covenant. Wrath, malice, Christ will not live in a heart that harbors malice. sitteth--rather, as Greek, "Where Christ is, sitting on the right of God" ( Ephesians 1:20 ). Thus, then, man is made by his Creator, not according to the image or likeness of any other being, but according to his own; the image του Κτισαντος, of the Creator. do all," &c.; this includes words as well as deeds. When the word of Christ (i.e., the Spirit-filled life, cf. It implies a self-idolizing, grasping spirit; far worse than another Greek term translated "the love of money" ( 1 Timothy 6:10 ). No heart is right with God where the peace of Christ does not rule; and the continual prevalence of the peace of Christ is the decisive proof that the heart is right with God. 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. The true Church shall be visible as a perfect and reigning Church, when Christ shall be visibly manifested as her reigning Head. 19. Finally, after the millennium, the life that is in Christ becomes the power which transfigures nature, in the time of the new heaven and the new earth; as, before, it first transfigured the spiritual, then the political and social world. Justification by faith is assumed as already having taken place in those whom Paul addresses, Colossians 3:12 , "elect of God, holy . For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary 3:5-11 It is our duty to mortify our members which incline to the things of the world. 3:1-4 If then you were raised with Christ, set your hearts on the things which are above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Colossians 3:8, ESV: "But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth." It was a large and wealthy city for manyce… But the love of Christ is a powerful magnet to draw us up ( Ephesians 2:5 Ephesians 2:6 ). beloved," and Colossians 2:12 ; so that there is no plea here for Rome's view of justification by works. In all cases of this kind let your heart dictate to your hand; be clothed with bowels of mercy - let your tenderest feelings come in contact with the miseries of the distressed as soon as ever they present themselves. 1832. 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. Peace follows love ( Colossians 3:14 , Ephesians 4:2 Ephesians 4:3 ). https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/colossians-3.html. How far this went, and how much it fell short of the truth, may be seen in the writings of Aristotle and Pliny. nor . 14. above--rather "over," as in Ephesians 6:16 . be ye thankful--for your "calling." They retained no bosom, no easily besetting, sin. by him--Greek, "through Him" as the channel of His grace to us, and of our thanksgiving to Him ( John 14:6 , end). Translate, "When Christ shall be manifested who is our life ( John 11:25 , John 14:6 John 14:19 ), then shall ye also with Him be manifested in glory" ( 1 Peter 4:13 ). for ye serve--The oldest manuscripts omit "for," then translate as Vulgate, "Serve ye the Lord Christ;" compare Colossians 3:23 , "To the Lord and not unto men" ( 1 Corinthians 7:22 1 Corinthians 7:23 ). Of servants, Colossians 3:22. When Christ, who is our life - When Christ comes to judge the world, ye shall appear with him in his glory, and in an eternal state of blessedness. See the note on Ephesians 5:19. 5:18) indwells a believer it impacts every area of life! Literally, "And everything whatsoever ye do . It must be added to our character by means of God's Spirit and consistent, conscious decisions to submit to God because we love Him, because we are sincerely seeking to be like Him, and because we greatly desire to glorify Him. be not bitter--ill-tempered and provoking. Bowels of mercies, etc - Be merciful, not in act merely, but in spirit and affection. See on Ephesians 4:2; (note). We should trample upon and subdue our lusts that our conversation may correspond to our Saviour's condition; that where the eyes of apostles were forced to leave Him, thither our thoughts may follow Him ( Matthew 6:21 , John 12:32 ) [PEARSON]. Finding the new version too difficult to understand? . See Romans 1:26, Romans 1:27; and the notes there. It is a different Greek verb, therefore translate here, "irritate not." and your life . 1. Instead of τελειοτητος, perfection, several reputable MSS., with the Itala, read ἑνοτητος, unity; but the former is doubtless the genuine reading. . Lie not one to another - Do not deceive each other; speak the truth in all your dealings; do not say, "My goods are so and so," when you know them to be otherwise; do not undervalue the goods of your neighbor, when your conscience tells you that you are not speaking the truth. heartily--not from servile constraint, but with hearty good will. The reward of the inheritance - Here, ye have neither lands nor property; ye are servants or slaves; be not discouraged, ye have an inheritance in store; be faithful unto God and to your employers, and Christ will give you a heavenly inheritance. bond of perfectness--an upper garment which completes and keeps together the rest, which, without it, would be loose and disconnected. Such a knave speaks not truth with his neighbor. Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary 3:1-4 As Christians are freed from the ceremonial law, they must walk the more closely with God in gospel obedience. Christ is the life of your souls; and as he is hidden in the bosom of the Father, so are ye, who live through and in him. Set your affection on things above - Τα ανω φρονειτε· Love heavenly things; study them; let your hearts be entirely engrossed by them. He attended Wesley College, Sheffield (1851-56), and took up mining engineering, but afterward studied theology at the Wesleyan College, Richmond (1862-64). Compare the same principle in the case of all men, Hezekiah ( 2 Chronicles 31:21 , Romans 12:11 ). Article Images Copyright © 2020 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. be ye perfect, &c. ( james 2:21 james 2:22 , 1 John 2:5 ). Of ourselves we can no more ascend than a bar of iron lift itself up' from the earth. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. Compare "in the Lord," Colossians 3:18 , and "Christ is all," Colossians 3:11 . 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. Charity, which is the crowning grace, covering the multitude of others' sins ( 1 Peter 4:8 ), must overlie all the other graces enumerated. To gratify any sensual appetite is to give it the very food and nourishment by which it lives, thrives, and is active. However, it is so. "The members" to be mortified are the fleshly instruments of lust, in so far as the members of the body are abused to such purposes. Commentary on Colossians 3:12-17. 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. 3:1, but remember Colossians was written first. It is by love to God and man that love is to be preserved. Adam Clarke CommentaryColossians 3. Colossians 3:2 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Colossians 3:2, NIV: "Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things." 38, 4: עמה שם שבינה שם שהתורה מקום כל ; In whatever place the Law is, there the Shechinah is present with it. . 23. "Commentary on Colossians 3:4". . Wives, submit yourselves - Having done with general directions, the apostle comes to particular duties, which are commonly called relative; because they only belong to persons in certain situations; and are not incumbent on all. 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. 1. Christianity reveals God himself, the author of nature; or, rather, God has revealed himself, in the Christian system with which he has blessed mankind. ( Ephesians 4:22 ). 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. . 8. That is where Christ is now. 1. God and the Father--The oldest manuscripts omit "and," which seems to have crept in from Ephesians 5:20 . Living as Those Made Alive in Christ. 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. And above all these things - Επι πασι δε τουτοις· Upon all, over all; as the outer garment envelopes all the clothing, so let charity or love invest and encompass all the rest. Circumcision nor uncircumcision - Nor is their peculiar form of religion of any consideration, whether circumcised like the Jews, or uncircumcised like the heathens. ye also--like other believers; answering to "ye also" ( Colossians 3:7 ) like other unbelievers formerly. Where the Head is, there the members must be. He is the Maker, Preserver, Savior, and Judge of all men. 2. 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 ). Christ--who had so infinitely greater cause of complaint against us. 11. Inordinate affection - Παθος· Unnatural and degrading passion; bestial lusts. 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 ). 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. The apostle exhorts us to set our hearts upon heaven and take them off from this world, Colossians 3:1-4. This burning coat of wrath will not readily come off; but the apostle’s command is, “Put it off! Nor is this a vain supposition; wherever God's word is seriously read, heard, or preached, there is God himself; and in that Church or religious society where the truth of God is proclaimed and conscientiously believed, there is the constant dwelling of God. As it is fit in the Lord - God commands it; and it is both proper and decent. richly--( Colossians 2:2 , Romans 15:14 ). As yet Christians do not always recognize the "life" of one another, so hidden is it, and even at times doubt as to their own life, so weak is it, and so harassed with temptations ( Psalms 51:1-19 Romans 7:1-25 ). Is renewed in knowledge - Ignorance was the grand characteristic of the heathen state; Knowledge, of the Christian. Be not bitter against them - Wherever bitterness is, there love is wanting. They were risen with Christ, and they sought the things which were above. Those who are the elect of God, holy and beloved, ought to be lowly and compassionate towards all. Christ lives in the bosom of the Father; as your heart is in him, ye also sit in heavenly places with Christ Jesus. As, therefore, ye have most cordially received the doctrine of Christ; and profess to be partakers of a spiritual religion, that promises spiritual and eternal things; seek those things, and look to be prepared for the enjoyment of them. . Forgive, says the apostle, καθως και ὁ Χριστος even as Christ forgave you - show the same disposition and the same readiness to forgive your offending brethren, as Christ showed towards you. No man should for a moment harbour ill will in his heart to any; but the offended party is not called actually to forgive, till the offender, with sorrow, acknowledges his fault. Whatsoever ye do in word or deed - Let your words be right, and your actions upright. 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. then--The connection with Colossians 2:18 Colossians 2:23 , 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, Romans 6:4 ). ( Col 3:1-4) The basis for Paul’s practical instruction. Instead of οικτιρμον mercies, in the plural, almost every MS. of importance, with many of the fathers, read οικτιρμου, bowels of mercy, in the singular. Rome errs in trying to set up a Church now regnant and triumphant. Let your feelings be at hand, and feel and commiserate as soon as touched. The Head being quickened, the members are also quickened with Him. "Foul language" best retains the ambiguity of the original. He preached in the same church as C. H. Spurgeon over one hundred years earlier. He alone is the source whence all have proceeded, and to him alone all must return. Christianity imparts to the most uncivilized the only spring of sound, social and moral culture. Use no member of your body to sin against God; keep all under dominion; and never permit the beast to run away with the man. If ye then - Ει ουν· Seeing then that ye are risen with Christ; this refers to what he had said, Colossians 2:12; : Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him. 2 So think about the good things that are there in heaven above. 2:3. But there appears to be here an allusion to the Shechinah, or symbol of the Divine presence, which dwelt in the tabernacle and first temple; and to an opinion common among the Jews, which is thus expressed in Melchita, fol. 17. 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