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Particulars – Private and Public (Colossians 4:2-6)

August 11, 2010 Leave a comment

Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving; Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds: That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak. Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

Particulars – Private and Public

v     Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving; Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds: That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.

  • Continuance (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
  • Watchfulness
  • Thankfulness
    • Praying is not thanksgiving, but it is often (always) offered with thanksgiving
  • Intercession
    • Also
    • Pray for others – Paul asks for prayer for his work
    • Specifically (not shotgun style)
      • God open a door for the Word
    • Manifest – Paul needs help making the gospel clear

v     Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.

  • Walk – constant, not instant
  • Wisdom
    • Wise as serpents, harmless as doves
    • Do not antagonize the world
    • Hardly a man has been argued into faith
  • Without
    • God
    • Christ
    • Hope
    • Joy or power
  • Earnestness
    • Buying up opportunities
    • On the outlook
    • Never know when “the sale is over”
    • Not just living silently

v     Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

  • Grace
    • Winsomeness
    • Attractiveness
  • Salt
    • Tasteful
    • Effective
  • Answer every man
    • Church members do this
    • Must be prepared
    • Must know the Word
    • Must know how to salt the Word
    • Every man is not the same!
      • Not stiff, wooden explanations
      • There’s only one way to be saved
      • There are many ways to proclaim and explain the gospel.

Personal Life – Workplace (Colossians 3:22-4:1)

Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God: 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. But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done; and there is no respect of persons. Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven. Colossians 3:22-4:1

Personal – Workplace

  • This is still in the “conversation” about home life
    • Servants (slaves) would be considered part of a household
      • Housekeepers
      • Teachers
      • Physicians
    • Culture considered slaves to be merely property
  • Slaves get the longest “treatment”

v     Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God: 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. But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done; and there is no respect of persons.

  • Complete – all things
    • Not exercising the right of judgment
    • Genuine – singleness of heart
      • Not eyeservice – menpleasers have no interest in the job itself.
      • Not the servant that does a partial job:
        • Dusting behind items
        • Sweeping under items
        • Thorough – whatsoever ye do
          • No escape from hard work, just enablement
        • Spiritual – as to the Lord
        • Encouraging – ye shall receive…
          • Slaves had no hope of an inheritance
          • No escape from difficult situations, just power to endure them
        • Privileged – ye serve the Lord
          • Humblest service is dignified
          • All work is done for God
          • All work is sanctified – there is not anything “special” about “full-time service”
          • Every moral vocation is honorable
        • Righteous – he that doeth wrong…
          • No respect of persons – will not overlook your deeds because your situation was hard
          • Onesimus was unsaved when he “injured” Philemon his master (a member of Colosse).

v     Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven.

  • Just and equal
    • Instructions about slaves – never a thought about fairness
    • What would be equal?
    • Ye also have a Master
      • God sees how you treat your slaves
      • Slaves know they have an inheritance, masters know they have a master
      • This is God’s business. He put me in charge of it. I am responsible to Him.

Concluding thoughts

  • Homelife is simple – Just a few overruling principles make it run smoothly
  • All the relationships revolve around Christ
    • Vs. 18, 20, 22, 23, 24a, 24b, 1
  • When Christ is preeminent (rather than self), the home is truly Christian and pleasant.

Personal Life – Family (Colossians 3:20-21)

July 11, 2010 2 comments

Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord. Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.  Colossians 3:20-21

Personal – Family

v     Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.

  • The word for obey is hupakouo
    • Means to listen attentively
    • Not mind readers (kid outside, mom whispers in closet)
    • Not the normal problem
    • First act of obedience is hearing the command
    • “I didn’t hear you” is not a legitimate excuse
    • An obedient child is one that is eager to hear the instructions
    • Not hearing is the first act of disobedience
  • Obedience is not hard of hearing
    • Listens for the command and wants to hear it
    • Psalm 123:2
    • Deaf obedience is disobedience
  • Obedience is not forgetful
    • Command given Monday
    • Does not evaporate by Thursday
    • Lack of action by parents is not change in instructions or silent permission
    • Children should be told again if they need to, but the second reminder should come with discipline
    • Forgetful obedience is disobedience
  • Obedience is not piecemeal
    • Obey parents in all things
    • Saul and the Amalekites
    • Doing half the list is not obedience
    • Partial obedience is disobedience
  • Obedience is not postponed
    • Children cannot set their own schedule of when they will obey
    • Hebrews 3:7-8
    • Start cleaning the room, and begin to look at things and go on their own schedule of when the room will be clean
    • Delayed obedience is disobedience
  • Obedience is not subject to private interpretation
    • “I don’t have to do this because I’m older now”
    • This is called spin
    • Only Politicians and Justices can do this
    • Reinterpreted obedience is disobedience
  • Obedience is not reluctant or sullen
    • If obedience is well-pleasing to God, then it is to be well-pleasing to children and parents
    • Related to first point of eager obedience
    • Someone could obey right away (out of fear), but not like it
    • Grumpy obedience is disobedience
  • Obedience is rendered to parents – both of them
  • All things – children and parents should know that the children are being brought up to maturity – living on their own
  • Well pleasing – young people should strive to see their life as an integrated whole
    • “Heart is right” and bedroom is a pit – Gnostic mysticism
    • Room is spotless and heart full of uncleanness – Pharisaical hypocrisy
    • Reject both of these – clean your room with a clean heart

v     Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.

  • Fathers
  • Some think of the Bible as a clunky, rule book
  • The aroma of obedience in the Bible is love, joy, and peace in the Holy Ghost
    • Some know the words, but not the tune (Mark Twain’s wife)  “My dear, you know all the words, but not the tune.”
    • Some Christians have rules, tests, standards, but no love, joy, or peace in the Holy Ghost
    • 3, 7, 10, or 12 steps to success; or paint by numbers solutions
    • Works righteousness
  • Scripture is not a mural, it is a window
  • Anger
  • Discouraged
  • Love sees with the highest degree of accuracy
    • Not critical
      • Accurate, but disproportionate
      • Bitterness
      • Caricature (line drawing)
      • Correction is not criticism
    • Not indulgent
      • No distinctions
      • Only constant is excuses
      • Water color
      • Smudging
      • Impressionistic
    • Love disciplines without harshness, calmly, for the sake of kid and shows mercy with wisdom
    • Love and Obedience – John 14:15, 23

Personal Life — Marriage (Colossians 3:18-19)

Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.  Colossians 3:18-19

Personal Life – Marriage

v     These verses introduce a new way of relational thinking

  • Christianity consists of reciprocal arrangements
    • Wives, husbands
    • Children, fathers
    • Servants, masters
  • This is because of Christ

v     God commands to our nature

  • The Bible is the first psychology book
    • God knows what human nature is like
    • Psychologists can study, but God knows
  • When God commands something, it is because that’s what we need to remember.
  • When things go badly, work on what you’ve been commanded, not on what’s easy.

v     Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord.

  • Ephesians tells us the husband IS the head of the wife.
    • Indicative, not imperative
    • Submit – as Sarah, who called Abraham lord
    • Own – women are not to be subject to all men, wives are to be subject to their own husbands
    • There are principles involved here, but the particulars are such.
    • As it is fit – marriage works this way.

v     Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.

  • Love
    • Love as you love yourself
      • Illustrate by pointing out how hard it is to get gifts for men. Why? They’ve already taken care of themselves.
      • Look at what your wife does that’s loving, do that to love her.
  • Not bitter

v     Wives – submit, be lovable

v     Husbands – love, be respectable

The New Life — Put On (Colossians 3:12-17)

Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. 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. 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. Colossians 3:12-17

General – The New Life – Put On

v     Because we are dead, and risen, and Christ IS life:

  • Mortify
  • Put off, put off, put on
  • Put on – no Gnosticism
    • As God’s elect
    • Who are holy and beloved

v     Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;

  • Bowels of mercies – affections, feelings
  • Kindness – courteousness
  • Humbleness of mind
  • Meekness
  • Longsuffering

v     Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.

  • Forbearing – putting up with others’ idiosyncrasies
  • Forgiving
    • As Christ forgave
    • Forgive and remember no more

v     And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.

  • Binds us together
  • If no love, not complete (1 Corinthians 13)

v     And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

  • Peace
    • Psalm 29:11; 37:11; 119:165
    • John 14:27; 16:33
    • Romans 8:6
    • Philippians 4:7 (keep=rule)
  • Rule
    • Govern each aspect of life
    • Referee (preserve order)

v     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.

  • Word dwell richly – abundantly
  • Teaching – power of songs and music
    • Plato – if I can write songs, don’t care who writes laws
    • Corollary – if I can write hymns, don’t care who preaches
  • Psalms, hymns, spiritual songs (Father, Son, and Holy Ghost)
  • Spiritual songs
  • Notice focus on word and putting on
    • Vs. 9
    • Vs. 16

v     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.

  • Everything else – in HIS name
    • With thankfulness – it is a privilege (1 Corinthians 10:31)
    • His requirement
    • For His honor
    • With His authority
    • He gets the glory

The Past Life (Colossians 3:5-11)

June 11, 2010 2 comments

Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them. But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.

General – The Past Life – Put Off

v     Ye also walked; ye lived – verse 7

  • 1 Corinthians 6:11
  • 1 Timothy 1:12-15
  • Emphasis here is on past tense
  • Lifestyle is passed; in the past

v     Since we are dead and risen; since Christ is our life…

  • Mortify
    • Gradual death, not sudden (crucifixion)
    • Member(s) – different parts of self
    • God’s wrath is on sinners who do these—they should not be a part of Christians’ lives
      • Fornication – any wrong sexual relationship
      • Uncleanness – moral defilement, the thoughts before the sins
      • Inordinate affection – vile affections (sodomy, bestiality, incest)
      • Evil concupiscence – evil desires, licentious passions
      • Covetousness – this is low and debasing and steals God’s affections
  • Put off, put off, put on
    • An action that must be done – no Gnosticism
      • Cannot say that God makes me spiritual so I don’t have to do any of these things
      • A double injunction
      • Deeds – heart and tongue
        • Anger – this is wrong when
        • ¨      No cause

          ¨      Against a person and not an offense

          ¨      With revenge

          ¨      There is no forgiving spirit

        • Wrath
        • Malice — any kind or sort of evil
        • Blasphemy — any injurious speaking
          • Against God
          • Against man
        • Filthy communication — lewd, indecent, immodest talking
        • Lying

Christ is all and in all – not truth to certain people and not to others – Masons

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Christian Life (Colossians 3:1-4)

June 6, 2010 22 comments

If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.  Colossians 3:1-4

Christian Life

v     If (since)

  • The resurrection.
    • Proof of our acceptance of Christ’s death and His acceptance of us (Romans 4:24-25)
    • Pattern of our holy life (Romans 6:4)
    • Power for Christian character and service (Ephesians 1:18-20)
    • Promise of our own physical resurrection (1 Thessalonians 4:14)
    • Pledge of our life hereafter (John 14:19)
  • In baptism the Christian dies and rises to new life
    • Death had no hold on Christ after his resurrection
  • If that’s true, there must be a difference! Must choose.
    • Active concentration (seek)
    • Permanent attitude (set)
    • Where is the difference? Thoughts, concerns
    • No trivialities—eternal verities (truths)
    • Doesn’t mean monastery—no interaction with the world
    • Means doing all the normal mundane activities with guidelines from the Word
    • Does mean all is seen in light of eternity
      • Different background
      • Blacklight
    • Will go on doing work in the world, but in a new way
      • Giving—getting
      • Serving—ruling
      • Forgiving—avenging
      • Sees eternal—sees temporal

v     Ye are dead.

v     Hidden with Christ in God

  • Death = “hidden in the earth”
    Baptism = “hidden in Christ”
  • Apocrypha = hidden books = hidden knowledge
    Apocrypteia = hidden knowledge is in Christ
  • Life is hidden
    • The world cannot understand or know the life of a Christian
    • We cannot expect the world to understand
    • Contrast with James 4:14
      • Temporal life vanishes
      • Eternal life cannot be touched

v     When Christ shall appear

  • Who is the Christ – Messiah, deliverer
  • Where is He now – hidden in heaven
  • How did He get there – the ascension
  • Why is He there – His time is not yet come
  • What is He doing there
    • Preparing for the saints
    • Praying for the saints
    • Preparing for His return
  • How will He return – in glory
    • Revelation 19:11-16
    • His majesty will be evident
    • His train will be following (Ephesians 4:8) – trophies of His victory
  • What will happen when He returns
    • Beast and false prophet cast in Lake of Fire
    • All kings of the earth and armies killed – fowls filled with flesh
    • Ye (we) shall appear also

v     Then shall ye also appear

  • Where are ye (we) now – hidden in Christ
  • Why are ye (we) there – we are dead in Christ
    • And risen with Him
  • How did ye (we) get there – through faith, by grace
  • What are ye (we) doing there
    • Seeking heavenly things
    • Thinking heavenly ways
  • How will ye (we) appear
    • What authority
    • What presence

v     Who is our life

  • Physically
    • Created us – John 1:1-4
    • Sustains us – Colossians 1:16-17
  • Spiritually
    • Saved us – Ephesians 2:1, John 11:25, 1 John 5:11
    • Keeps us
    • Directs us – John 1:4
  • Thoughts
    • Important areas of life:
      • Jobs (food and raiment) – if we have food and clothing, then be content
      • Family

¨      Marriage

¨      Children

  • House
  • Money
  • Time
  • Self-gratification
  • Things – cars, jewelry, computers, stereos
  • Christ IS Life – Luke 17:32
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