|Colossians 3 |
1 If then you are risen with Christ, seek those things that are above, where Christ sits on the right hand of God.1
2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
3 For you are dead, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.2
4 When Christ, who is our life, appears, then you will also appear with him in glory.3 [2000 years ago in the Book of Revelation Jesus told the church in Thyatira "hold fast until I come!" Jesus does not deceive people, and the people He addressed are long gone from this earth. For his statement to be true, He had to have come to them thousands of years ago. He comes to every man in all generations who has worked hard to follow His spoken commands to them. The return of Jesus is a personal experience in the hearts of purified believers; He is seen, He appears, He is revealed. From the Word of the Lord within: "I will come again to the elect; I will be their crown to lead and guide them."]
5 Therefore mortify [put to death] the deeds of the body that are of the earthly life: fornication, impurity, inordinate affections, evil lusts of the flesh, and covetousness, which is idolatry.4
6 Because of these things, the wrath of God comes on the children of disobedience;
7 In which you also walked at one time, when you lived in them.
8 But now put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, and filthy communication out of your mouth.
10 And have [purposed to] put on the new man, who is renewed in knowledge after the image of him who created him, [to put on the new man is to have put off the old man with the body of sins and be renewed into the spiritual image of God, which man lost when Adam fell in disobedience to God. From the Word of the Lord within: "You are raised to a new life, not just an imitation; He is one with us and ever-present."]
11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free, but Christ is all and in all.
12 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on feelings of mercy, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, and longsuffering.
13 Bear with one another, and forgive one another. If any man has a complaint against another; forgive him, even as Christ forgave you.
14 And above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.
15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which you are called in one body; and be thankful. [From the Word of the Lord within: "If all that profess me, would possess me. The King is where He is king." Unless Jesus orders all your thoughts, words, and deeds, He is not yet your Lord, Master, or King. You can call Him Lord or Master, but so did Judas and so did Hitler. To be your ruling Lord and King, Jesus must first appear in your heart to then guide and rule you; and His appearance only occurs after you have crucified your lusts, affections, imagination, and carnal mind on the inward cross of self-denial.]
16 Let the word Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another [with words from Christ in your hearts] in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. [From the Word of the Lord within: "Let the word Christ richly dwell in you. If you give heed to my words, I will dwell in you and walk in you."]
17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
18 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands, as it is fitting in the Lord.6
19 Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them.
20 Children, obey your parents in all things; for this is well pleasing to the Lord.7
21 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, lest they become discouraged.
22 Servants, obey your earthly masters in all things; not with eye service [only when they are watching you], as men pleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God.
23 And whatever you do, do it with your best possible efforts, as if you are serving the Lord, and not men;8
24 Knowing that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord that is the [real] reward; for you serve the Lord Christ.
25 But he who does wrong will be repaid for the wrong he has done, and there is no respect of persons [God shows partiality to no man for any reason. While seeking, if you deliberately sin, disobeying what you know not to do and could not do if you so chose, you have done wrong that will be recompensed with any or all of: delays, loss of spirit, additional suffering, or worse. Everyone who dies while still doing wrong (sinning) is defiled and will be banned from heaven. To not be banned from heaven when you die, one must mortify the the deeds of their body that are of the earthly life: fornication, impurity, inordinate affections, evil lusts of the flesh, and covetousness, which is idolatry.]
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1 If then you are risen with Christ, seek those things that are above, where Christ sits on the right hand of God. Paul must be addressing a sub-group of Colossians that have already experienced the Kingdom, or is posing a hypothetical if because Paul clearly addresses Corinthians as to the rising to occur in the future: And God has both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power. 1 Cor 6:14.
2 When Christ is resurrected in you, no one will be able to see him. The Jews didn't recognize Christ; they killed him. They cut James' head off. They stoned Stephen. Christ is not recognized, except by his fruits; you will know them by their fruits. And the fruit of the spirit is: love, peace, joy, kindness, gentleness, faith, goodness, patience, and self-control. Gal 5:22-23.
3 When Christ, Who is our life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. Col 3:4
When Christ appears in you, bringing his kingdom, you will appear there also — in the kingdom within you — in glory.
How are you going to appear in glory, unless it is inside of your heart, to your mind's eye? Hidden from the world.
Other than the fruit of the Spirit, the world does not see Christ; for such a person's life is hidden in Christ Jesus. Col 3:3
This mystery .. is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Col 1:27.
4 Clearly here is the task for all believers who hope for salvation: mortify [put to death] the deeds of the body that are of the earthly life; fornication, impurity, inordinate affections, evil lusts of the flesh, and covetousness, which is idolatry; Because of these things, the wrath of God comes on the children of disobedience; But now put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Do not lie to one another. Gentle reader, all these have to go. There is no place for them in Christ. There will never be anything unholy in Christ. But he has shown us the way — the cross; and he has ordered us to deny ourselves daily, pick up our cross, and follow him. There is no other way. Any other way is a pernicious lie, which tramples the blood of Jesus in the dirt. Grace will charge you and then remove your problems that are exposed. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. James 4:8. You must go to him. You must wait on him — listen silently, with the humility of a sinner in need of his changing power — grace. Wait, watch, listen, hear, obey... wait, watch, listen, hear, obey..... seek, listen, obey. You must endure to the end, when Christ brings salvation.You must abide in him. And now, little children, abide in him; so that, when he appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before him at his coming. 1 John 2:28. So, having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. 2 Corinthians 7:1.
5 Control your mouth, the mark of a perfect man. Do not lie to one another and put away all anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
6 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands, as it is fitting in the Lord. As the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be submissive to their own husbands in everything. Col 3:18, Eph 3:22,24. And let the wife see that she reverences her husband. Let your adorning not merely be an outward with elaborate braiding of hair, and wearing of jewelry or [elegant] apparel; But let it be the inward adorning of the hidden man of the heart, which is incorruptible, highlighted by a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God. 1 Pet 3:3-4. Let your beauty be the display of a demure spirit that is reserved, chaste, modest, humble, discreet, unassuming, restrained, quiet, unassertive, humble, unpretentious, meek, self-effacing, undemonstrative, sober, tasteful, proper, reasonable, and inconspicuous.
Wives, obey your husband. A KEY teaching that we received from the Lord's voice from within is: to defer (yield your will) to others — our children, our husbands, our wives, our friends. Practicing this alone can result in your significant spiritual progress. You should do this in all cases, unless it is immoral, dangerous, or of major consequence. Nor can you defer in religious matters if your husband is of a different religious persuasion and asks you to join him in his religion. So it is easy to be obedient as a Christian wife.
7 Children, obey your parents in all things; for this is well pleasing to the Lord. As long as you are living with your parents supporting you with room, food, and clothing, you are under their authority; you are obligated to be obedient to their every command, unless it is obviously immoral or dangerous. This obedience to your parents is counted as righteousness to the Lord and is pleasing to him. And whatever they ask, do it as though you were doing it for the Lord, with your best efforts. If they ask you to go one mile, go two miles — give them the extra mile.
8 Whatever your job, (assuming it is honest), however unjust your manager is, serve him as though he is the Lord; doing everything to your best ability. Not like the heathen do: trying to look good when the boss is watching; no, as a Christian, we must give our manager even more than he expects, so he has nothing but admiration for our industriousness. We must serve our earthly masters with our best efforts, thereby learning to be good and faithful servants to the Lord. And whatever your employer asks, give him the extra mile.
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