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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
The overarching banner of the new person is love.
Colossians 3:12-17
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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Three Commands
Colossians 3:5-11
Put your worldliness to death. Get rid of vice. And do not lie to your brothers and sisters.
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Published February 27th, 2017
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There are three imperatives: "put to death" a list of what is earthly in you (5); "put away" a list of vices (8); and a specific command "do not lie" which is an example of at least one of the vices just mentioned. As is typical of Paul he gives reasons for his commands. The first reason is that judgment is coming for "the sons of disobedience" (6). The second reason is that a transformation has taken place in true believers--they have already put off the old man (9b) and have put on the new man (10). The new man is both individual and corporate, both permeated with Christ Himself (11).
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Colossians 3:5-11
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Νεκρώσατε οὖν τὰ μέλη τὰ ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς, πορνείαν ἀκαθαρσίαν πάθος ἐπιθυμίαν κακήν, καὶ τὴν πλεονεξίαν, ἥτις ἐστὶν εἰδωλολατρία,
Therefore (since you died and your life is hidden with Christ in God until you are revealed with Him in glory) put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.
διʼ ἃ ἔρχεται ἡ ὀργὴ τοῦ θεοῦ [ἐπὶ τοὺς υἱοὺς τῆς ἀπειθείας].
Because the wrath of God is coming on account of these (sins)
ἐν οἷς καὶ ὑμεῖς περιεπατήσατέ ποτε,
(Therefore, even though) you too once walked in these (sins)
ὅτε ἐζῆτε ἐν τούτοις•
when you were living in them.
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νυνὶ δὲ ἀπόθεσθε καὶ ὑμεῖς τὰ πάντα, ὀργήν, θυμόν, κακίαν, βλασφημίαν, αἰσχρολογίαν ἐκ τοῦ στόματος ὑμῶν•
nevertheless now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.
μὴ ψεύδεσθε εἰς ἀλλήλους,
(In other words) Do not lie to one another,
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ἀπεκδυσάμενοι τὸν παλαιὸν ἄνθρωπον σὺν ταῖς πράξεσιν αὐτοῦ
( because , negatively ) you have put off the old self with its practices
καὶ ἐνδυσάμενοι τὸν νέον τὸν ἀνακαινούμενον εἰς ἐπίγνωσιν κατʼ εἰκόνα τοῦ κτίσαντος αὐτόν,
and ( positively ) you have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.
ὅπου οὐκ ἔνι Ἕλλην καὶ Ἰουδαῖος, περιτομὴ καὶ ἀκροβυστία, βάρβαρος, Σκύθης, δοῦλος, ἐλεύθερος,
(Let me explain that the "new man" is a united corporate Christ-filled entity) where there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free;
ἀλλὰ [τὰ] πάντα καὶ ἐν πᾶσιν Χριστός.
but Christ is all, and in all.
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