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Paul wants the Colossians to be informed about how he is doing and to encourage their hearts.
Colossians 4:7-11
Paul moves toward the conclusion of his letter.
Colossians 4:2-6
Even the one who has the least options is to do his work wholeheartedly to the Lord.
Colossians 3:22-4:1
The Christ-centeredness of these calls to submission and instructions to the ones in authority are radical.
Colossians 3:18-21
Put your worldliness to death. Get rid of vice. And do not lie to your brothers and sisters.
Colossians 3:5-11
Verses 3-4 is a tri-fold ground to the command to occupy our minds with what (WHO!) matters most--Christ, our ascended and seated Lord.
Colossians 3:1-4
Man-made, religious rules have no value to curb the real problem of our fallen human nature.
Colossians 2:20-23
The centrality of Christ is what frees us from the obsession with peripheral matters.
Colossians 2:16-19
Knowing the exalted Christ is the antidote to deception.
Colossians 2:6-15
In Christ are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge!
Colossians 2:1-5
While Christ's atoning suffering is complete once for all, his sufferings continue through his servants.
Colossians 1:24-29
The purpose of gospel reconciliation is to be presented holy to the Father.
Colossians 1:21-23
All things have been created in Christ and through Christ and for Christ!
Colossians 1:15-20
Paul prays for their knowledge of God's will to the end of producing in them a lifestyle of thanksgiving for Christ.
Colossians 1:9-14
Here is yet one more passage in Scripture that undermines the idea that one can be too heavenly minded to be of any earthly good.
Colossians 1:3-8
How trusting in God empowers Moses to think, choose, and act in a way that enables him to endure suffering for the sake of lasting joy
Hebrews 11:24-26
Central idea--persevere in the trials that are designed to perfect you.
James 1:2-4
God's assessment of who we are is the only assessment that ultimately matters.
1 Corinthians 4:1-5
Lord, help me to think, trust, and act like Moses when I am tempted to pursue life's fleeting pleasures
Hebrews 11:23-28
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Do Everything in the Name of Christ
Colossians 3:12-17
The overarching banner of the new person is love.
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Published March 6th, 2017
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Paul continues to draw out the implications of having put off the old self and having put on the new self (9-10). In v. 8 he commands us to put off Christ-less attitudes and now in vv. 12ff he commands us to put on a certain kind of heart which results in the ability to forgive one another (13). The overarching banner of the new person is that we must put on love which flows from the heart-felt peace which Christ has produced and which is characterized by a God-centered thankfulness (15). In v. 16 Paul commands us to let the word of Christ be our heart's treasure, which is nurtured and displayed through glad worship. Finally, Paul gives us the general command to do everything in the name of Christ with thanksgiving to God the Father through Him.
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Colossians 3:12-17
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Ἐνδύσασθε οὖν, ὡς ἐκλεκτοὶ τοῦ θεοῦ ἅγιοι καὶ ἠγαπημένοι, σπλάγχνα οἰκτιρμοῦ χρηστότητα ταπεινοφροσύνην πραΰτητα μακροθυμίαν,
Therefore (since you have already put on the new man when you were united to Christ who fills every individual in His mult-ethnic, mult-class body and are thereby able to reflect Him who is the image of God) put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience,
ἀνεχόμενοι ἀλλήλων
(flowing out of these attitudes of the heart is that you are to) bear with one another
καὶ χαριζόμενοι ἑαυτοῖς
and, if one has a complaint against another,
ἐάν τις πρός τινα ἔχῃ μομφήν•
forgiving each other;
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καθὼς καὶ ὁ κύριος ἐχαρίσατο ὑμῖν,
as the Lord has forgiven you,
οὕτως καὶ ὑμεῖς•
so you also must forgive.
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ἐπὶ πᾶσιν δὲ τούτοις τὴν ἀγάπην,
And above all these put on love,
ὅ ἐστιν σύνδεσμος τῆς τελειότητος.
( because love) binds (these virtues) together in perfect harmony.
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καὶ ἡ εἰρήνη τοῦ Χριστοῦ βραβευέτω ἐν ταῖς καρδίαις ὑμῶν,
And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts,
εἰς ἣν καὶ ἐκλήθητε ἐν ἑνὶ σώματι•
( because ) you were called in one body unto this peace
καὶ εὐχάριστοι γίνεσθε.
And be thankful.
Ὁ λόγος τοῦ Χριστοῦ ἐνοικείτω ἐν ὑμῖν πλουσίως,
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly,
ἐν πάσῃ σοφίᾳ διδάσκοντες καὶ νουθετοῦντες ἑαυτούς,
teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom,
ψαλμοῖς ὕμνοις ᾠδαῖς πνευματικαῖς ἐν [τῇ] χάριτι ᾄδοντες ἐν ταῖς καρδίαις ὑμῶν τῷ θεῷ•
singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
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καὶ πᾶν ὅ τι ἐὰν ποιῆτε ἐν λόγῳ ἢ ἐν ἔργῳ, πάντα ἐν ὀνόματι κυρίου Ἰησοῦ,
And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus,
εὐχαριστοῦντες τῷ θεῷ πατρὶ διʼ αὐτοῦ.
(the manner in which you do this is) giving thanks to God the Father through him.
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