3. On ἀνταπόδοσις (only found here in the N. T.), comp. There must be a full surrender of the whole being to Christ. 4. 1. Those who are in a low estate serve the Lord Christ. 8. The Lord is more concerned with why we give than with how much we give. Let us not rail at their mistake, for it is a common assumption that a secular pursuit is an obstacle to a religious mind. Our parents or friends wish us to be active in the Church, and therefore we do it. Scripture: Colossians 3:23, Colossians 3:24, 1 Thessalonians 4:1. Colossians 3 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary is filled with great exegesis and written by the best British Bible scholars of the time. Colossians 4:1. ἀπὸ κυρίου, excluding the human recompense, stands first with emphasis, and ἀπό (on the part of) denotes, not expressly the direct giving ( παρά), through which the recompense is received, but generally the issuing, proceeding from the Lord, who is the possessor and bestower, although the receiving of the recompense at the judgment will be in reality direct (Ephesians 6:8; 2 Timothy 1:18). Be regular and faithful in your devotions. 4. (A. C. Price, B. 23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Ver. Ground of the obligation in one’s own consciousness for the ὡς τῷ κυρίῳ κ. οὐκ ἀνθρ. If not, the original will bear rendering in the imperative--“Serve ye the Lord Christ.” What an exaltation for a slave of Satan to become a servant of Christ. Not only must the slave’s work be done in the fear of the Lord, but done as if it were actually for the Lord that he was doing it, and not for a mere human master. It includes all circumstances, whether of partizan or statesman; all ages, whether of child or patriarch; of all spheres, whether of the inward or outward life. 1 C’est avec le Christ que vous avez été réveillés de la mort. He is the unifying principle of Christian theology. All professions and trades are for the purpose of supplying defects in the existing order, and, therefore, when that order is no more, and is superseded by one in which there are no defects, the occupations of this life must necessarily die a natural death. Paraphrase of Colossians and Commentary of Colossians James Rosscup writes that "Lightfoot is excellent in this 1865 work revised in 1879. 2. Of children, Colossians 3:20. Today this area is part of the country that is called Turkey. Thus only do we associate ourselves with the saints and angels. This, which St. Paul calls knowing the power of Christ's resurrection, and having our conversation in heaven, the author to the Hebrews calls, tasting the powers of the world to come, Hebrews 6:5. Since, therefore, you are dead to the world, and alive to Christ, through the spirit of holiness, you must act like members of Christ, and set your affections on things above, where Christ your life is ascended.". Colossians 3:23. 1. We have to escape--which surely involves earnestness--to Jesus. Commentary on Colossians 3:12-17. Spurgeon.). That which gives unity to the Christian life is Christ. God isn"t trying to make life harder for the slave. This spirit has a measure of power in it, as the lash drives the slave. (H. Melvill, B. D.). (6.) Killing Sin Does Not Make You New. “Thy gentleness hath made me great.” It is a greater honour to serve Christ in the most menial capacity than to occupy the throne of the Caesars. Commentaries; Dictionaries; Strongs; People; Colossians 3:23 Rules for Christian Households. If the poor slave should serve Jesus how much more ought I? They are of little use in honey making and are at the bottom of all quarrels. Why? What then was the life of the world at the coming of Christ?—It was the life of sin; of the earthly man, made not in the image of God, but after the likeness of the son of disobedience. Take away the variety of callings, reduce all to that of the monk, and civilization is undermined and we revert to barbarism. and χριστός, see on Galatians 1:1. εἰδότες κ. τ. i. Commentaries on Colossians. 81.1 (where, however, the sense is different); Plut. $3.99 a month puts a library of commentaries, study notes, and Greek & Hebrew language tools right in your pocket. * [3:1–4] By retaining the message of the gospel that the risen, living Christ is the source of their salvation, the Colossians will be free from false religious evaluations of the things of the world (Col 3:1–2). But further: this change was what, by nature, we had not power so much as to wish for, or desire for ourselves: but Christ undertook our cause: he took our nature and our iniquities upon himself, and underwent death in behalf of all. 25 For the wrongdoer will be paid back for the wrong he has done, and there is no partiality. Its motive. Our relationship with Jesus is to even transform our work habits. It is the Lord Christ you are serving” (Colossians 3:23-24) I love the exchange the Bible often gives believers. How does he who falls away, crucify Christ, or put him to open shame?—This cannot be understood but by having recourse to the scripture representation already explained: but if we remember that all who are baptized by the Spirit of God, who realize that spiritual baptism which is typified by the external ordinance, crucify the old man with his deeds; that they put on the new man, created after holiness; that the Apostle to the Galatians expressly says, that as many as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ; it will readily appear why it is that those who fall away crucify Christ afresh. The words of the first verse of this chapter are, however, hardly capable of being so abused, being a plain inference from what had before been advanced, as is evident from the manner in which they are introduced; "If ye then be risen with Christ." III. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. The love of Christ makes sacrifice easy and delightful. Colossians 3:23-25 -- On Working for God. Romans 6:19-20 to which passages the reader may refer. Learn more Start my trial Back . 2 Le but de votre vie est en haut et non sur la terre. Both assert Jesus’ role in creating and sustaining all things, and both declare that … Continue reading "Commentary on Colossians 3:12-17" You must be willing to bear reproach for His sake. His work on Colossians 1:15 (“first-born of every creature”) is especially helpful on a problem text. Épitre aux Colossiens Page 3/143 L’Église de Colosse (Col 1.1-5) Introduction Jésus – Lui seul Nous commençons ce matin une série que j’ai désirée depuis longtemps. Let this be the feeling, and there would be no temptation to fall into eye-service, men-pleasing, and duplicity of heart or conduct. In this way Colossians unites the presupposition of all theology (creation) with the heart and center of all theology (Christology). Colossians 3:23, CSB: "Whatever you do, do it from the heart, as something done for the Lord and not for people," in the future possession of eternal bliss (see on Galatians 3:18; Ephesians 1:11; Colossians 1:12; Romans 4:13), the reward consists. While men were thus dead to God and to themselves, they lived only to sin and unrighteousness; and sin therefore is said to reign in them,—to have dominion over them. REFLECTIONS.—1st, The Apostle having, in the former chapter, laid down the great fundamental doctrines of Christianity, and the invaluable privileges of true believers, proceeds in this to exhort the Colossians to those tempers and practices which became their holy profession. Your work is to introduce them to Jesus. 1. 2. p. 390; and from the LXX. Work is not an evil, but a good. Of servants, Colossians 3:22. IV. Colossians 3:23 And whatever ye do. In doing it to others, they did it to Him; and to Him, with such claims upon their love and fealty, they could not but give suit and service heartily. The fact that the text was addressed to the lowest is instructive. (5.) "And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. A list of the best commentaries on Colossians ranked by scholars, journal reviews, and site users. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. 19 For it pleased the Father that(AJ)in Him all the fullness should dwell, 20 and (AK)by Him to reconcile (AL)all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, (AM)having made peace through the blood of His cross. on Ephesians 6:6. ἐργάζεσθε] execute, carry out, not equivalent to ποιεῖτε, but correlative with it, hence also not in the narrower sense: labour (as e.g. Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, by needless severities, arbitrary restraints, harsh commands, and unreasonable impositions; lest they be discouraged, their spirits broken with such treatment, and, through despair of pleasing, they should desist even from the attempt. The apostle says without reservation—“as to the Lord, and not to men.” There is no necessity to take οὐκ as meaning οὐ μόνον. Strive to acquire mental culture and general intelligence for the sake of Christ. Submit yourselves unto your own husbands; be under their government, as it is fit in the Lord, according to the law of creation, and the divine constitution; obedient in all things which are not inconsistent with your duty to the Lord Jesus. vi. Moreover, the letter relates its teaching on creation directly to its Christology. Scripture: Colossians 3:5–17. It would be truthful to say that all “serve the Lord Christ.” Some against their will--Pharisees, Pilate, Judas, etc. The duty of servants. ), When Calvin was banished from ungrateful Geneva, he said, “Most assuredly if I had merely served man, this would have been a poor recompense; but it is my happiness that I have served Him who never fails to reward His servants to the full extent of His promise.” (C. H. 5. Christ has a right based upon His service of love; we should respond with gratitude. do, do it — two distinct Greek verbs, “Whatsoever ye do, work at it” (or “labor at” it). It is almost as if the Colossians have been taken up into Christ’s body and hidden in it, dying with it on the cross. Note; a worldly mind, and a heavenly hope, are utterly inconsistent; no man can serve two masters. A. Learn more Start my trial Back . ς, ἀλλὰ μετὰ ἐλευθερίας καὶ προαιρέσεως, since ye know that ye shall receive from the Lord, ἵνα κρείττονος ἐλευθερίας ἀπὸ Θεοῦ τὺχωσιν, whole summary of the Christian duty of slaves. Comp. As to the Lord, and not to men. Galatians 6:15. This then is the state of nature according to the representation and language of Holy Writ; and it is easy to see what must become of this old man, this man of sin, upon the appearance of Christ Jesus, who came to destroy the works of the devil; to give life and light to those who sat in the shadow of darkness and death: he and his works must be destroyed, where Christ is fully revealed, to make way for the Spirit of righteousness and his holy works; and to introduce man to the second, or gospel state. Winer, § 55, 1. Colossians 3:23. Facing Struggles With Confidence. Inferences. whoever is begotten to this new life in Christ by the power of God,—overcometh the world. (A. C. Price, B. 3:23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; 3:24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. “He has left us an example.”. See PNT "Eph 6:7". χριστῷ; His slaves they are to be in the relation of human service. The duty of parents. Colossians 3:22-4:1, Ephesians 6:5-9, 1 Peter 2:13-23 Work is Not a Four Letter Word (See also Work with Vigor) RAY PRITCHARD. Reconciled in Christ. Home work. My job as maintenance man/supervisor was not the glory job of my life, but every morning as I walked the three blocks to work I would ask that the Lord would allow me to have a good attitude and that I would honor Him in my job and behavior. I. "WORK HEARTILY"-"Lit., from the soul" (Vincent p. 508). Take horses, or even the birds, how soon they have to work for a living. You can exalt it by taking it as Christ’s, and by doing it with all your heart. 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) 2. Note that the apostle uses both heart ( καρδίας , Colossians 3:22) and soul ( ψυχῆς ); and in Ephesians 6:7, adds μετ ' εὐνοίας withgood disposition (A.V., good will ). (John Ruskin. Genesis 21:10. He simply sought the glory of Christ. We have considered already our death, and burial, and resurrection with Christ; but the Apostle, in the passage now before us, carries the metaphor still one degree higher: If ye then be risen, &c. as if he had said, "It is not enough that ye are risen from the dead with Christ; you must also ascend after him into heaven, for there is our life hid in Christ; there are your true riches, and thither must you go to take care of them. For instance, we shall not be to seek, when we find mention made of two deaths, which we must undergo,—and of two resurrections, in which we must partake: we shall easily distinguish between the natural death of the body, and the death unto sin;—between the resurrection to life eternal hereafter, and the resurrection to holiness and righteousness in this present world. A Commentary on the Book of Colossians. As usual, in the parallel place in Ephesians, the thought is given more fully, and the relationship of the slave's labour to Christ is twice noted. 4. I. Commentaire biblique de Romains 3.23. Colossians 3 - IVP New Testament Commentaries . But wait till the tide comes in, and the waters flow around it. Martha prepared a feast for Christ and did well, but Jesus gave Mary the preference. 3, xx. Thomas.). 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