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 FRAMEWORKS: Colossians 3

In this ‘Framework' we use our usual text PLUS comment style to enable you, as simply as possible, to catch the sense of his writing.

[Note: Because it is sometimes difficult to follow the flow of a letter like this, we have added a synopsis of each chapter & passage to help clarify where Paul is going with his writing.]

   

[Chapter 3 Synopsis: focus where you are looking, ensure you put off the old life and put on the new, maintain godly family relationships]

    

v.1-4 Now you are ‘in Christ' keeping looking up
v.5-10 A Call to put to death the things of the old life
v.11-17 Now ‘in Christ' put on the love of heaven
v.18-25 Instructions for Christian Households & Workers

  

v.1-4 Now you are ‘in Christ' keeping looking up

 

[Passage Synopsis: Having been raised to a new Christ-focused life, hidden in him, set your hearts and minds on him in heaven

 

v.1 (As Christ raised us up look to him as he reigns in heaven) Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.

v.2 (yes, set your minds on him there) Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.

v.3 (you died to the old life) For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.

v.4 (and when he appear again you will be glorified with him) When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

 

 

v.5-10 A Call to put to death the things of the old life

 

v.5 (so make sure you kill off the old ways) Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.

v.6 (because they will be judged by God)   Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.

v.7 (that's how you used to live) You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived.

v.8 (but now you've got to get rid of those ways of the past) But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.

v.9,10 (so be truthful with one another, living the new life) Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.

 

v.11-17 Now ‘in Christ' put on the love of heaven

     

v.11 (there are no divisions, we're all one in Christ) Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.

v.12 (so put on Christ-like characteristics) Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

v.13 (forgiving and reconciling) Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

v.14 (put on love that pulls them all together) And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

v.15 (let's Christ's peace rule in you, and be thankful) Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

v.16 (let the gospel of Christ's love live in you all as you encourage one another) Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.

v.17 (and do it all in the name of the Lord) And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

 

v.18-25 Instructions for Christian Households & Workers

 

[Passage Synopsis: Guidance for children, parents, & employees [& employers in v.1.] Note a similar and slightly more detailed passage is found in Eph 5]

 

v.18 (wives, let God inspire your acceptance of your husband) Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.

v.19 (husbands lay down your lives for your wives) Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them.

v.20 (children, make sure you obey your parents) Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.

v.21 (father's don't put down your children) Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.

v.22 (employees serve your employer as serving God) Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to curry their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord.

v.23,24 (in fact whatever you do, do it as to God) Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

v.25 (Wrong-doers will be held accountable to God) Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for their wrongs, and there is no favoritism.