8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. 9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; 10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: 11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all. 12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; 13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. 14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. 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. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
The entire third chapter of Colossians should be read, understood and felt. We will only touch on a few things in this commentary. Read and ponder the entire chapter on your own. Don’t rely solely on this commentary. The doctrines taught here are to vast and deep for a simple commentary.
What strikes me about this chapter and especially verses 8-17 is the fact that it pretty well lays out a detailed list of things we shouldn’t do and things we should do. To follow after our Savior there are things not to do and things to do. By following these lists we can become Holy like our Father in Heaven and His Holy Son, Jesus Christ our Messiah.
This list is not complete. We need to consider all that Christian Scriptures teach to have a full and complete list. But this list, if applied in our lives, would make us far more holy than we are now.
What we shouldn’t do:
We should not participate in anger. We should not suffer wrath to be in our heart. We should not have malice toward anyone. We should not blaspheme anything sacred or holy but treat such things with deep respect and holiness.
The scriptures repeatedly teach us not to take the name of the Lord Thy God in vain. It’s one of the Ten Commandments. We know swearing or using cuss words is wrong. But verse 8 teaches us “But now ye also put off”…”filthy communication out of your mouth”. In other words, we should refrain from filthy speech. I will not enumerate filthy words as an example of what not to do. I submit that if you approach this with true humility and a sincere desire you’ll know what is filthy speech.
We are taught in verse nine not to lie. Now here’s a phrase I am not absolutely sure about but I think I understand. Please correct me if I am wrong. The phrase is “put off the old man with his deeds”.
I think that phrase refers to the old man of sin. If we repent we are putting off the old sinful man and the deeds that made him sinful. We are made new again at baptism and we are made new again when we are repentant.
What we should do:
Be merciful to all. Be kind to all. Be humble in our mind. Have the qualities of meekness and longsuffering. Be
forbearing towards one another. Be forgiving to yourself and others. Not only be forgiving but forgive them which you may quarrel with. Win or lose, above all forgive. Is our forgiveness complete? Weigh it against this phrase “even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye”. We need to forgive as Christ forgives.
We don’t have to wear Christian jewelry but it serves as great reminder to the types of things we are talking about in this article. We can use all the help we can get to remember on a daily basis, right?
For most Christians the cross necklace is a great way to wear a token of your faith. Sterling silver cross necklaces come with a wide selection and are the most highly reflective o all precious metals and sterling silver cross necklaces are very afordable. You could buy five or six silver cross necklaces for the price o one gold cross necklace. Sterling silver cross necklaces go with everything unlike gold cross necklaces.
Remember in 1 Corinthians 13, the great chapter on Charity which is the pure love of Christ. It was emphatic on Charity being the greatest of all virtues spoken of in that chapter. In verse 14 it is about as emphatic on charity. “And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness”. If we can perfect our Charity (or Christ like Love) then we can become perfect. Thank goodness for repentance to help us along the way. Thank heaven that because of Christ satisfying the demands of justice we can have grace to help us in our quest for true Charity.
We are also taught to have peace in our hearts but not just any peace, the “peace of God rule in your hearts”. Peace comes by our closeness to God and these virtues taught in this scripture passage will surely help. We need to be thankful. Thankful for what? The answer is everything. Some one coined the phrase “An attitude of gratitude. We are to be grateful to our Father in Heaven, our Redeemer and for everything we have.
We are taught to let the wisdom of Christ be in us. Rely on His wisdom over the wisdom of the world. We should sing in psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, “with grace in your hearts to the Lord”.
This choice passage of holy scripture needs to be understood and felt and practiced. It won’t happen all at once but it can happen over time and with effort. The blessings that will come will make it worth the effort.
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