All in All

Introducing Paul’s Epistle to the Colossians

For in Him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.  And ye are complete in Him…(Colossians 2:9-10)

For it pleased the Father that in Him should all fulness dwell. (Colossians 1:19)

But Christ is all in all. (Colossians 3:11)

That in all things He might have the preeminence. (Colossians 1:18)

Such is a sampling of the teaching found in the epistle to the Colossians.  It is such a glorious revelation concerning the greatness of Christ and His supremacy over all that there is no limit to the height of its reach.  Yet this epistle takes the supreme revelation of Christ and brings it to the believer to live out in the mundane things of life.  Yet we should expect this from the revelation of our Lord.  He does not give us empty theory or knowledge, for “knowledge puffeth up” (1 Corinthians 8:1). Continue reading “All in All”

Thanksgiving-for the Fruit of the Gospel

A Study of Colossians 1:3-8

We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints, For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel; Which is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth: As ye also learned of Epaphras our dear fellowservant, who is for you a faithful minister of Christ; Who also declared unto us your love in the Spirit. (Colossians 1:3-8)

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The Knowledge of His Will

A Study of Colossians 1:9

For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; (Colossians 1:9)

Paul’s first ministry for these saints is this one: he earnestly and sincerely prays for them.  This unceasing prayer truly helps to understand the imperative to “pray without ceasing”.  We never stop praying. The Apostle of Grace then lets them know the contents his prayer for them.  After hearing their love for him in the Spirit from Epaphras (Colossians 1:8), he began to pray without ceasing for them from the very day.  What great praise must have filled the heart of the jailed apostle—the ambassador in bonds!  But it did not end with praise, but with desire for their good and desire for their growth in the Lord. Continue reading “The Knowledge of His Will”

The Apostle Prays for the Saints

A Study of Colossians 1:9–11

For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness… (Colossians 1:9–11)

Now we will continue this study in Colossians looking further into the content of Paul’s prayer for these dear saints that he has learned about through Epaphras, his fellowprisoner.  The previous study concentrated on knowledge of the will of God.  Knowing the will of God is the first step to walking worthy, because we cannot walk the path before we know the path.  Indeed, it is also true that we cannot know the path until we walk it, so this is again an iterative process.  We learn, know, and walk, and we learn more as we walk.  The Lord teaches us as we walk.

Redeemed, Forgiven, Delivered, Translated, and Worthy

A Study of Colossians 1:12–14

Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son: In whom we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins… (Colossians 1:12–14)

As Paul continues writing to the Colossian assembly about his prayer for them, he lets them know again that he is thankful to God, the Father.  In verse 3 he speaks to the saints regarding his thanksgiving, and leads in to what he is thankful for about them.  Here, when he seems to be continuing his thought about what he prays for concerning them, he goes off on an “inspired tangent”, which really brings us to the object of this epistle:  HIS DEAR SON!

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Christ the King

Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son… (Colossians 1:13)

In the study of Colossians 1:12-14, we left off with Paul expressing his thankfulness to the Father, and then he begins bringing us into the wonderful revelation of the person and preeminence of the Lord Jesus Christ.  This portion of scripture is indeed the high-water mark of revelation concerning Christ, and could be well-thought of as a singularity, for those of you familiar with mathematics.  (A singularity is when the value of a function “explodes” to infinity.) Continue reading “Christ the King”

Christ the Redeemer

In Whom we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins…(Colossians 1:14)

Continuing this study in Colossians, we will look at the position of our Lord Jesus Christ as redeemer.  As we consider mankind’s greatest need, what could be greater than forgiveness of sins?  As we get to verse eighteen of chapter one, we see that the Father’s goal is that in all things, Christ would have the preeminence.  And how great is that preeminence in our redemption?  He is first in redemption because He is the Redeemer!

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Christ the Image of God

Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature…(Colossians 1:15)

As we continue looking at this most glorious revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ, we learn about how we can see the invisible God.  We learn how the image of God in man, as man was created, is restored in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and Son of Man.

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Christ the Creator

For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him…(Colossians 1:16)

Now we will look at a truth in Scripture that when properly understood, will satisfy at once the truth of our Lord Jesus Christ Himself as the manifestation of God in the flesh.  The very first verse in all of Scripture states:

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. (Genesis 1:1)

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The Testimony of Paul

church-history-graphic{From The Lord From Heaven by Sir Robert Anderson, Chapter 8.  This book has been one of my favorites over the years since my parents gave it to me years ago. I have shared it with with others since, and then hunted down new copies to replace those that I gave away. This particular book is available from Amazon, and it looks like there is a new edition available:  Click this link if you are interested. This chapter fits well into the study on Colossians, so this week I will share it with you.  Enjoy!} Continue reading “The Testimony of Paul”

Christ the Sustainer

He is before all things, and by Him all things consist. (Colossians 1:17)

We left the last verse discussing the greatness of our Lord Jesus as the creator of all things.  Continuing on that thought, we will begin by looking at just what it means that He is before all things.  Does it mean before all things in time, or does it mean that He is before all things in position?

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The Person of Christ

This portion of Pastor C.R. Stam’s commentary on Colossians is very relevant to the study that we are continuing in Colossians, as well as the recent response to criticism that I recently posted.

Do We Belittle Christ

by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

colossians-new-2015-250x358Again, as with the crucifixion and resurrection, the Old Testament presents Christ, the Son of God, only in veiled phraseology and in types.  The Trinity is only hinted at.  This is one reason why the Jew insists there is but one God and that He did not, and will not, have a Son.  True, Psalm 40:7 says:  “In the volume of the book it is written of Me” but, again, who is the “ME”?  We do not find out until some time after the Son of God has appeared incarnate.

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Christ the Head

And He is the head of the body, the church…(Colossians 1:18a)

Here in our study of the glory of the person of Christ, we see that in His assembly, He is also first.  The assembly which we speak of here is “the church, which is His body” (Ephesians 1:22-23).  To speak in precise terminology, and to speak of things in the way that God’s Word speaks, the important term to use to describe the group that Christ calls His own should not be “church” or “Church”, but σῶμα Χριστοῦ—”Body of Christ”.  When we see this term, we know exactly what group is being spoken of.  If only the term ἐκκλησία is used, it is important to know which ἐκκλησία (usually translated church, see end note) is being addressed.  Often it is a local group or assembly of people.  It is that simple.  It has unfortunately turned into a theological term, and with that, the dogmatic assertions about the “Church” that follow.

But here, we are not talking about the body, but the Head.

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Christ the Beginning

Who is the beginning, the Firstborn from the dead; that in all things He might have the preeminence. (Colossians 1:18b)

The beginning of this verse told us of the position that our Lord Jesus Christ has in His ascended, exalted position far above all as the Head of the body.  Now we are going to see Him as the beginning.  As the beginning, it must be remembered what the first half of this verse is about—it is Christ as the Head—the Head of the new creation.  He is also the beginning of this new creation.  Perhaps, I say perhaps, this is the answer to the question of the meaning in Revelation 3:14 where He calls Himself the Beginning of the creation of God.  He could truly be called the beginning of the first creation as well, because of His position as Creator, but here in this verse in Colossians, it is absolutely referring to the new creation, the one new man (Ephesians 2:15), the Body of Christ.

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The Preeminent Christ

A Study of Colossians 1:13–19

Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son: In Whom we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him: And He is before all things, and by Him all things consist. And He is the Head of the body, the church: Who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things He might have the preeminence.  For it pleased the Father that in Him should all fulness dwell…(Colossians 1:13-19)

Yes, over the past few weeks I have had a lot to say regarding this passage of Scripture.   It is quite likely never enough will be said about the exalted state of our wonderful Lord and Savior. Continue reading “The Preeminent Christ”

Christ our Reconciliation

A Study of Colossians 1:19–23

For it pleased the Father that in Him should all fulness dwell; And, having made peace through the blood of His cross, by Him to reconcile all things unto Himself; by Him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath He reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in His sight: If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister… (Colossians 1:19-23)

This wonderful Person that the apostle just spoke of who in ALL THINGS is preeminent now is shown to take upon Himself the reconciliation of His enemies.  Make no mistake, the world that we live in is no friend of God, yet God, Who owes nothing, and in fact is the one that we owe much that we cannot pay, took it upon Himself in the Person of our Lord Jesus to reconcile us to Himself.

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Paul’s Commission, Part 2

A Study of Colossians 1:23–29

…whereof I Paul am made a minister; who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for His body’s sake, which is the church: whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God; even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to His saints: To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus: Whereunto I also labour, striving according to His working, which worketh in me mightily. (Colossians 1:23-29)

So now two studies that I have been working through and sharing are coming to a convergence.  We left off in the apostolic commission series discussing Paul’s commission and the longsuffering of God of which Paul is the pattern (1 Timothy 1:16).  We left off the Colossians study in verse 23 of chapter one where Paul urges the saints to continue in the faith “grounded and settled”, and “not moved away from the hope of the gospel…whereof I Paul am made a minister.” Continue reading “Paul’s Commission, Part 2”

The Synonymous Expressions For “Kingdom”

E.W._BullingerThe following is Appendix 112 from Dr. E.W. Bullinger’s Companion Bible.  While many have sought to keep distance from being associated with Dr. Bullinger over the last century or so, it must be acknowledged that he was an astute and careful student of the Word of God.  He was a lover of God, of Christ, of God’s people, and of the Bible.  He did, in some instances in my understanding, come to erroneous conclusions, but I would urge you to look into why he arrived at the conclusions that he did.  While in the past, most fundamentalists decried Bullingerism and practically used his name as a “curse word”, his work is very valuable to true students of the Word.  I have come to many (not all) of the same conclusions as Dr. Bullinger, independent of what he wrote.  I have also come to some that differ.  We should be careful in all cases to “rightly divide” our teachers, and compare them with Scripture, but we should also acknowledge the value of those on whose shoulders we stand.

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The Apostolic Labor of Love

A Study of Colossians 2:1–3

For I would that ye knew what great conflict I have for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh; That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; In Whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. (Colossians 2:1-3)

613896239-dirt-track-sport-100-metre-sprint-tartan-track-sprintingNow Paul begins to discuss the work that he labored fervently for throughout his ministry.  The one thing that he does let the saints know, is that it is a great conflict “for you”, and for as many as had not seen his face in the flesh.  This term “conflict” is the same word translated “race” in Hebrews 12:1.  The Greek word is ἀγῶνα—agōna, which is related to our English word agony.  It is a daunting task that he is undertaking, but it was an undertaking for the saints, because the Apostle has great love for his Lord, and for those that the Lord calls His own.

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Stand Your Ground

A Study of Colossians 2:4–7

And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words. For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ. As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in Him: Rooted and built up in Him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. (Colossians 2:4-7)

_42341380_police_ap.416jpgNow we come back to the thought that Paul began in 1:23: “If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel”.  In the last several studies we looked at the second part of that verse and how Paul expanded the second thought of “whereof I Paul am made a minister”.  Now we look into this “beholding your order”, which really does sound like a military inspector, something like when the platoon is visited by a general, or another high ranking officer.  And this is what Paul longed to see:  a well disciplined troop standing firm against the enemies of the gospel:  those who would move them away from the hope of the gospel, and their completeness in the finished work of redemption and reconciliation found in Christ, and only in Christ.
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Complete in Christ, Part 1

A Study of Colossians 2:8–15

Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in Him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in Him, which is the Head of all principality and power: In Whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: Buried with Him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with Him through the faith of the operation of God, Who hath raised Him from the dead. And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath He quickened together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to His cross; And having spoiled principalities and powers, He made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. (Colossians 2:8-15)

Now we come to another summit in this epistle:  Paul is teaching us how complete we are in Christ, and that any trying to add “the things of this world” to the completeness in Christ is much like an opposing troop utterly defeating us and carrying away our goods captive.

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Romans 6:1-11, An Overview

In writing the studies in Colossians, there have been several times where I pointed to Romans 6 as a starting point regarding the believers identification with Christ.  I also noted on a number of occasions the necessity of getting the doctrines that are taught by Paul in Romans correctly in order to properly move on and understand the gospel of Jesus Christ according to the revelation of the mystery.

In this study, which is more of an overview, my intention is to get the point of this most important chapter in Paul’s fundamental “establishment” epistle.  My comments will be in italic type to distinguish them from the scripture quoted. Continue reading “Romans 6:1-11, An Overview”

Complete in Christ, Part 2

A Study of Colossians 2:8–15

Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in Him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in Him, which is the Head of all principality and power: In Whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: Buried with Him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with Him through the faith of the operation of God, Who hath raised Him from the dead. And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath He quickened together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to His cross; And having spoiled principalities and powers, He made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. (Colossians 2:8-15)

We left off the last time dwelling on the fact of our completeness in Christ and how the rudiments of the world and the traditions of men will lead you away and “spoil” you.

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Complete in Christ, Part 3

A Study of Colossians 2:8–15

Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in Him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in Him, which is the Head of all principality and power: In Whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: Buried with Him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with Him through the faith of the operation of God, Who hath raised Him from the dead. And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath He quickened together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to His cross; And having spoiled principalities and powers, He made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. (Colossians 2:8–15)

The last study was specifically about the identification of the Christian (not the adherent of the “Christian religion”, but of the believer in Christ and His finished redemption of and for him/her) with the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ.

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Imagine No Religion

A Study of Colossians 2:16–23

Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ. Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God. Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, (Touch not; taste not; handle not; Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men? Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh. (Colossians 2:16-23)

Since in Christ all the fulness of the Godhead dwells in His body, and we who have believed in Him and received Him by grace through faith are complete in Him, what does adding religion accomplish?

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Christ and His Body

stamBy Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

https://www.bereanbiblesociety.org/part-5-christ-and-his-body/

(This is the fifth and last of a series of articles that first appeared in 1950 in Truth magazine, published by Milwaukee Bible Institute/Worldwide Grace Testimony, now the Grace Gospel Fellowship. These articles have never before appeared in the Searchlight.)

“Now ye are the Body of Christ, and members in particular” (I Cor. 12:27).

The most wonderful truth in all the Word of God is that which concerns the relationship between Christ and the Church of this dispensation, called “His Body.”

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Holding the Head—the Heart of Worship

A Study of Colossians 2:16–23

Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ. Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God. Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, (Touch not; taste not; handle not; Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men? Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh. (Colossians 2:16-23)

Since in Christ all the fulness of the Godhead dwells in His body, and we who have believed in Him and received Him by grace through faith are complete in Him, let us talk about “worship”.

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Heavenly Minded

A Study of Colossians 3:1–4

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)

The website brainyquote.com credits Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. with saying “Some people are so heavenly minded that they are no earthly good.”  Whatever it is that Mr. Holmes may have meant by that, it certainly was not the perspective that the Apostle Paul had and communicated by inspiration of God.

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Reckoning the Old Man Dead with Christ

A Study of Colossians 3:5–11

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. (Colossians 3:5–11)

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But Alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord

A Study of Colossians 3:12–14

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. (Colossians 3:12–14)

Since we who believe and are saved are baptized into Christ, we are baptized into His death.  Since Christ is risen from the dead, and we are in Him, we are raised to walk in newness of life.
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The Peace of God

A Study of Colossians 3:15–17

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 3:15–17)

Since we who believe and are saved are baptized into Christ, we are baptized into His death.  Since Christ is risen from the dead, and we are in Him, we are raised to walk in newness of life.  Since we have put on, as an act of the will, the new man, where Christ is all in all, there is also a new way of life.  We are under “new management”.
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All in the Family

A Study of Colossians 3:17–21

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.

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

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

Now we come to the place where we first begin to see the Christian life begin to show itself.  Verse 17 connects to verse 16, where we learn of our living together and ministry to each other in the body, so now it connects to verse 17 where we learn of our living together in the family and in work and life situations. Continue reading “All in the Family”

Labor Relations, Part 1

A Study of Colossians 3:22–25

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. (Colossians 3:22–25)

We now have arrived in our study at the place of Christian work life.  To get to the very beginning, this is a part of what we discussed previously of reckoning the ourselves dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:11).  The “professional life” of both employees and employers is spelled out simply, yet broadly enough to encompass all.

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Labor Relations, Part 2

A Study of Colossians 3:25–4:1

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 3:25–4:1)

We started this look at labor relations as a practical outworking of reckoning ourselves to be dead indeed unto sin but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord as it affects “servants”.  Now we will look at how it affects “masters”.

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A Door of Utterance

A Study of Colossians 4:2–4

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. (Colossians 4:2–4)

In the first chapter, Paul tells the assembly of his thankfulness for them, and of his prayer for them.  Now, he makes a request of these saints that they would pray for him, and for those with him.  Since this is a letter from Paul with Timothy, the “us” must refer to them.

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The Mystery of Christ

This is chapter 5 from Forgotten Truths by Sir Robert Anderson. This chapter fits in well with the last study on the mystery of Christ, so I though that I would share it. Enjoy!


church-history-graphicTHE Bible has suffered more from Christian exponents than from infidel assailants. The prophets of Israel, “moved by the Holy Spirit,” spoke with united voice of a time when righteousness and peace would triumph and rule upon the earth; but “old-fashioned orthodoxy” interpreted their glowing periods much as an American crowd interprets the rhodomontade of political stump orators at election times!  And thus the sublime words of the Hebrew Scriptures are supposed to find their fulfillment in the history of Christendom. They are read as referring to us and to our own age. And after us, the deluge! What wonder is it that sensible men of the world are skeptical both about the past predictions and the coming deluge! On this system of exegesis, for example, the sublime flights of Isaiah, when reduced to sober prose, find their realization — I repeat the phrase — in a pandemonium and a bonfire! This nightmare system of interpreting Holy Scripture makes the sacred pages seem to unbelief a hopeless maze of mysticism.

As we open the New Testament narrative we read that “In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, and saying, Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.” And “when John was cast into prison,” the Lord Himself took up this same testimony, “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand” (Matthew 3:1, 2; 4:17). Now the only meaning these words can bear, is that the time was at hand when heaven would rule upon earth,¹ a hope which, as the inspired Apostle declared at Pentecost, was the burden of Hebrew prophecy. But, as we have seen, the fulfillment of that hope has been postponed owing to the apostasy and sin of the Covenant people. And, because of its postponement, it has dropped out of the creed of Christendom; albeit Christendom, million-mouthed, daily recites the words the Lord Himself has given us with which to pray for its fulfillment — “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is done in heaven.” With the vast majority of Christians that prayer is merely a pious incantation; but the words are His own, and they shall be realized to the full. And yet, “in our covert atheism” — to borrow a phrase from Charles Kingsley — those who cherish this belief are commonly regarded as fanatics.

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