verses for this week: Mat 5:18 For
verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one
tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
chapter two, we covered how we should beware of men with enticing
words. All fulness can
be found in Christ, and we need to look to Christ for our spiritual
I. Risen with
If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above,
where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 2 Set your affection
on things above, not on things on the earth.
those who have trusted Christ as their Savior have risen with
But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved
us, 5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together
with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in
heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
is the one who raised us up.
Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live
with him: 9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no
more; death hath no more dominion over him. 10 For in that he died,
he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. 11
Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but
alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
If we are
raised with Christ, we should be dead to sin.
We are to seek those things above.
To seek things above cause us to lose in the things of the
And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out
of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the
changers’ money, and overthrew the tables; 16 And said unto them
that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father’s
house an house of merchandise. 17 And his disciples remembered that
it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up.
We are not
to love the world, but to seek those things of the Lord.
In verse 1,
we find that Christ is sitting on the right hand of God. When Christ offered his perfect sacrifice, He sat down
signifying the job was completed forever.
But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever,
sat down on the right hand of God;
affections need to be on the things above, not on things of the
earth. Things that are
not sinful in this world can become sin us if we let them take
preference over the things of God.
3 For ye are
dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is
our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
If we are
risen with Christ, we effectively are dead to the world.
In Galatians, Paul
said “I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I love.”
If any man be in Christ, he is a new Creature.
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but
Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I
live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself
2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things
are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
our life. We have the
promise of appearing in glory with Him.
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way,
the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but
in verse 4 is that Christ will appear.. coming in his glorified
body. At this
time, we will receive our resurrected body patterned after that of
Mortify the Old Man
5 Mortify therefore your members which
are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection,
evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: 6 For which
things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of
disobedience: 7 In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived
The old man
has reference to the flesh. The
word ‘members’ refers to the physical members.
These are subject to coming the sins mentioned…
fornication, uncleanness, etc.
These sins bring the wrath of God down upon the children of
speaks of how these Colossians had walked in these sins in the past,
when they lived according to the flesh.
But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy,
filthy communication out of your mouth. 9 Lie not one to another,
seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;
need to put these sins behind us… and we should never be people
Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let
him show out of a good conversation his works with meekness of
But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts,
glory not, and lie not against the truth.
This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly,
For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every
But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then
peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good
fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
McGee had this story that I enjoyed about our need to not lie.
To whom is Paul speaking? He is writing this to
believers, because he says, “seeing that ye have put off the old
man with his deeds.” Is it possible for a Christian to lie? It
certainly is. That doesn’t mean that you have lost your salvation
when you do—otherwise many of us would have lost ours a long time
ago. It does reveal that you don’t reach a place of perfection, my
friend, nor do you get rid of the old nature, when you become a
child of God.
I believe one of the first sins a little child commits is to
lie. I heard the story about the little boy who came running into
the house and said, “Mama, Mama, a lion just ran across our front
lawn.” The mother said, “Willie, you know that was not a lion. That was a big dog that ran across the
lawn. You go upstairs and confess to the Lord that you lied about
that.” Little Willie went upstairs and after a while he came down
again. His mother asked, “Did you confess your lie to the Lord?”
He answered, “Yes, I did. But the Lord said when He first saw him,
He thought he was a lion, too!” Lying is something that is
deep-rooted in the human heart, and many Christians still indulge in
Putting on the
10 And have put on the new man, which is
renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: 11
Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor
uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is
all, and in all.
The new man
is the man who has been saved… the spiritual man.
Putting on the new man causes us to be renewed in the
knowledge of Christ. When
it comes to the new man, it says there is no respect of persons with
God. Every person can be saved and become the children of God.
People who are saved should exhibit kindness, humility,
meekness, and longsuffering.
Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of
mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; 13
Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a
quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
The new man
should have a forgiving spirit.
We are to forgive one another if we expect God to forgive us.
Matthew 6:14 For
if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also
forgive you: 15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither
will your Father forgive your trespasses.
14 And above all these things put on
charity, which is the bond of perfectness. 15 And let the peace of
God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one
body; and be ye thankful. 16 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
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.
of great value and should be in the life of every saved believer.
1 Corinthians 13:1 Though
I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity,
I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. 2 And though I
have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all
knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove
mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow
all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be
burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity
vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is
not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; 6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity,
but rejoiceth in the truth; 7
Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things,
endureth all things.
Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall
fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be
knowledge, it shall vanish away.
The peace of
God should rule in us, and the Word of Christ is to dwell inside us.
We should do all things in the name of Christ.
Peter healed a man in the name of Jesus in the third chapter
Acts 3:1 Now
Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of
prayer, being the ninth hour. 2 And a certain man lame from his
mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the
temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered
into the temple; 3 Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the
temple asked an alms. 4 And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with
John, said, Look on us. 5 And he gave heed unto them, expecting to
receive something of them. 6 Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I
none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of
Nazareth rise up and walk.
The Home Life
Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the
Lord. 19 Husbands, love your
wives, and be not bitter against them.
should be a Christian home. A
Christian home is one that functions using God’s plan.
The husband takes his role of responsibility as the head of
the family, and loves his wife.
The wife takes a place of looking up to her husband as head
of the family, and puts her family as highest priority after her
relationship to God.
1 Peter 3:1 Likewise,
ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey
not the word, they also may without the word be won by the
conversation of the wives; 2 While they behold your chaste
conversation coupled with fear. 3 Whose adorning let it not be that
outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of
putting on of apparel; 4 But let it be the hidden man of the heart,
in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and
quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. 5 For
after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted
in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own
husbands: 6 Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose
daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any
amazement. 7 Likewise,
ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour
unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs
together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.
The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh
holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of
good things; 4 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to
love their husbands, to love their children,
5 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to
their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. 6 Young
men likewise exhort to be sober minded.
7 In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in
doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity,
20 Children, obey your parents in all
things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord. 21 Fathers, provoke
not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.
and mothers must know their place in the family, it is also true of
the children. Sons and
daughters should obey their parents.
This command was the first given that has a promise attached
to it when obeyed.
20:12 Honour thy father
and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the
LORD thy God giveth thee.
Ephesians 6:1 Children, obey your
parents in the Lord: for this is right. 2 Honour
thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with
promise;) 3 That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.
The Christians Employee’s Life
Servants, obey in all things your
masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers;
but in singleness of heart, fearing God: 23 And whatsoever ye do, do
it heartily, as to the
Lord, and not unto men; 24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive
the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. 25 But
he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done:
and there is no respect of persons.
employee should do a fair days work for a fair days pay.
The life of a Christian servant is to be an obedient life.
It is a life that shall receive rewards.
Titus 2:9 Exhort
servants to be obedient unto their own masters, and to please them
well in all things; not answering again;
10 Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they
may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.
For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his
angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works. s
If it is wrong for a man to not obey his employer,
how much worse is it for a man to fail to obey God. We
are servants of God and should live as such.
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