preceding verse, and with the beginning of the next chapter, they The love of Christ makes sacrifice easy and delightful. See same idiom in Colossians 3:17 except ο — ho instead of παν οτι — pān hoti, Ye do - do it ( ποιῆτε - ἐργάζεσθε ). On εἰδότες, comp. Note that the apostle uses both heart ( καρδίας , Colossians 3:22) and soul ( ψυχῆς ); and in Ephesians 6:7, adds μετ ' εὐνοίας withgood disposition (A.V., good will ). and whose members are described in the chapter before us, Colossians 3:5 and this body is elsewhere called by our Apostle, the body of death, for the same reason that the state of sin is called the state of death, Romans 7:24. Note; It is not the music of the voice, but the singing with grace in the heart, which is the acceptable praise. 4. 463]. Sin is the only poison by which the life of Christ, which is in us, may be destroyed. “Prayer shall be made for Him continually.” It is delightful to pray for sinners and for saints, but there should be special prayer for the extension of Christ’s kingdom, that He may see the travail of His soul. But wait till the tide comes in, and the waters flow around it. Inferences. The words of the first verse of this chapter are, however, hardly capable of being so abused, being a plain inference from what had before been advanced, as is evident from the manner in which they are introduced; "If ye then be risen with Christ." II. Soul work. We must never separate the privileges and duties of … Only thus can we be really useful. “If ye love Me keep My commandments,” not simply build chapels, etc. Nothing is more dangerous than fleshly lusts, which war against the soul, unless it be the corroding canker of covetousness, which, though it may less shock the conscience, is as fatally ruinous. We serve the Lord Christ--King of kings, and Lord of lords. Have some special work to do for Christ. But if your fee is first with you, and your work second, fee is your master, and the lord of fee, who is the devil; and not only the devil, but the lowest of devils--“the least erected fiend that fell.” So there you have it in brief terms--work first, you are God’s servants; fee first, you are the fiend’s. There must be a full surrender of the whole being to Christ. Care for His Church. It is a life which no man can take from us but ourselves. VI. Irving is no fool, he kens leather.”, IV. 1. Our text tells us how to work and for whom to work. See on James 2:9. Colossians 3:23. This must be our frame of mind in all of life. Winer, § 55, 1. If you had work to do for Her Majesty you would try to do your best. p. 390; and from the LXX. 2. Colossians 4:1. ἀπὸ κυρίου, excluding the human recompense, stands first with emphasis, and ἀπό (on the part of) denotes, not expressly the direct giving ( παρά), through which the recompense is received, but generally the issuing, proceeding from the Lord, who is the possessor and bestower, although the receiving of the recompense at the judgment will be in reality direct (Ephesians 6:8; 2 Timothy 1:18). 5. So we want to do something, personally, for our Divine Benefactor. Those who kill the body cannot reach it: not all the powers of darkness, sin only excepted, can separate believers and their Lord; but every unmortified lust, every unsubdued vice, is a canker that eats into our very vitals, and, if we do not cut them off, will, in the end, destroy us quite. 2. V. Christian work. For ye are dead, by your profession in baptism, and your obligations to a crucified Jesus; and your life is hid with Christ in God, your spiritual life, with all its joys, is hid from the natural man, and is still maintained, by secret communications from your exalted Head: therefore, having such glorious expectations, look up, and live continually under the influence of them. May my life today honor you and bless others. Glory, self-interest, benevolence, each gives unity and force, whereas a man without any such governing principle becomes weak; and it is only by making one object predominant and seeking that object that great results are achieved. Some in a spirit of formality, as a part of the general routine of their existence. If we belong to Christ, we must prove it by the conformity of our temper and conduct to his; he that abideth in him ought himself to walk as Christ also walked. REFLECTIONS.—1st, The Apostle having, in the former chapter, laid down the great fundamental doctrines of Christianity, and the invaluable privileges of true believers, proceeds in this to exhort the Colossians to those tempers and practices which became their holy profession. Rev., correctly, ye do - work; the latter being the stronger term as opposed to idleness. What then? To serve us He laid aside His glorious array and girt Him with the garments of a servant. Oec. Home work. In others the first intimation is followed by prompt obedience. Proud member For, by receiving the true faith, they have put on Christ, and crucified the old man and his deeds; but if they desert the true living faith, and return to their former deeds, and again put on the old man, they do then crucify Christ again with his deeds, and put him once more to open shame. 2 Corinthians 5:14. 1. III. Its help. Strive to acquire mental culture and general intelligence for the sake of Christ. July 6, 1998. 1. And ye are complete in him, (that is, in Christ Jesus,) &c. and you—hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; whence the inference above drawn naturally follows, If ye then be risen with Christ, &c. The better to explain this inference, it may be necessary to consider the representation which the scripture makes of the natural state of man, and of his gospel state, on becoming a real Christian. Whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men. (John Ruskin. 4 When Christ, who is your [] life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory Do, do it. The apostle says without reservation—“as to the Lord, and not to men.” There is no necessity to take οὐκ as meaning οὐ μόνον. (5.) 1. In the one case is love, order, and happiness; in the other the reverse. My son and I were making sandwiches the other day — three turkey sandwiches and a peanut butter and jelly (PB&J) sandwich to be exact. Sic. So thought St. Paul. What we do we must do for the Master alone. The community of believers was of one heart and mind, and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they had everything in common. p. 72 F Polyb. 23. children, and therefore would not depart from him, see ( Exodus 21:5 ) . It has its hands on all the hidden springs of purpose and love. “Take My yoke upon you … and ye shall find rest.” Love is the magic power which makes what is irksome pleasurable. Christianity is the best upholder of the distinctions in society; and he can have-read his Bible to little purpose who does not see the appointment of God that there should be rich and poor in the world, master and servant; who does not perceive that want of loyalty is want of religion, and that there is no more direct rebellion against the Creator than resistance to any constituted authority, or the endeavour to bring round that boasted equality in which all shall have the same rights, or to speak more truly, in which none shall have any. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, under the influence of his grace, with a regard to his will, and a single eye to his glory, expecting the acceptance of every service for his sake alone, giving thanks to God and the Father by him, in whom our praises and prayers come up before the throne as sacrifices of a sweet smell. It would be well if our Church discipline permitted us to turn out every drone. He simply sought the glory of Christ. There should be much communion with Him. Compare the same principle in Hezekiah (2 Chronicles 31:21; Romans 12:11). Hence also this closing word, next to the ἀπὸ κυρ., has special emphasis: from the Lord ye shall receive the recompense of the inheritance. Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the inheritance; for ye serve the Lord Christ. You are not your own but His. He goes to the kitchen, the field, etc., to his toiling brethren. I. Heartily - not from servile constraint, but 'from the soul' or heart [ ek (Greek #1537) psuchees (Greek #5590)]. Many wish there were no such thing. The service of Friendship (John 15:15). 2. First, in verses 1-4 readers are admonished to seek heavenly ways because they have been raised with Christ. iii. Whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as unto the Lord. ), You cannot serve two masters--you must serve one or other. Where, in this new creation, there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free; all distinction of nations, names, conditions, and external privileges is now abolished: but Christ is all and in all; in all who believe; there he dwells, their Prophet, to teach them; their Priest, to atone for them; and their King, to reign in them and over them. Serve Him, then, under the constraint of His love. 2. Note; a worldly mind, and a heavenly hope, are utterly inconsistent; no man can serve two masters. Omitted in A B C Delta G f g, Vulgate (cf. When a little girl’s mother comes to visit her at school, she wants to introduce all her friends to her. Colossians 2:11.) Remember, the person who is faithful in very small things, is often the person who is also faithful in very big things (Luke 16:10). Its pattern. God isn"t trying to make life harder for the slave. Work from the heart for your real Master, for God, confident that you’ll get paid in full when you come into your inheritance. How then, as the Apostle cries out, how shall we, who are dead to sin, continue any longer therein? καρδ., φοβούμ. III. 1. Love your wives with all tenderness and singleness of affection, delighting in their company, and studying to make them happy in their relation to you; and be not bitter against them, cross, hasty, arbitrary, severe, making them afraid with frowns of wrath, or ill usage. See App-110. If you serve the Lord Christ, serve Him well. how many act as though they bad made a bargain with Christ; that part of their nature should be given to Him, and part retained for the world and self. as to substance, Ignat. (Hendriksen p. 174). Thus only do we associate ourselves with the saints and angels. It includes all circumstances, whether of partizan or statesman; all ages, whether of child or patriarch; of all spheres, whether of the inward or outward life. on Ephesians 6:6. ἐργάζεσθε] execute, carry out, not equivalent to ποιεῖτε, but correlative with it, hence also not in the narrower sense: labour (as e.g. Martha prepared a feast for Christ and did well, but Jesus gave Mary the preference. But if this cannot be the will of God, then it must be His will that this man should ply some humble craft; that this other should have the duties of a large estate; that a third should go to the desk; a fourth minister to the sick; a fifth fight the battles of his country. To find this connection, we must look back to the middle of the foregoing chapter, (Colossians 3:10. Think about what is up there, not about what is here on earth. Serving the Lord at our job gives dignity to what we do. “Whatsoever ye do.”, V. Its consummation. This will have to be done heartily and unto the Lord, or literally not at all. Ye serve the Lord Christ--. COLOSSIANS 3:23 - WORKING IN GOD'S GARDEN . But thus to destroy the old man,—to root out all the corrupt affections of nature, and to implant a new principle of life and holiness, to restore the lost image of God,—to give new desires to the soul, new affections to the heart;—what is it, but to new-make the man, and, by a second creation, to restore him to those rights and privileges of the first, which were long since forfeited by sin and disobedience? No man after this can say, “My duties are so very commonplace that they cannot have a religious dignity and value.”, Were I to ask, “What was the purpose for which you were sent into the world,” I should get a variety of replies. As to the Lord; that is, feeling a direct responsibility to him. The fishers after their night of bootless toil, Peter walking on the waves, Paul receiving grace to endure a hidden sorrow, are specimens of men needing and receiving help from Christ. Galatians 3:27. Colossians 3:23-25 The Message (MSG) 22-25 Servants, do what you’re told by your earthly masters. Men assumed that eternity would be given up to prayer and praise; these, therefore, must be the earthly occupations of religious men. As usual, in the parallel place in Ephesians, the thought is given more fully, and the relationship of the slave's labour to Christ is twice noted. "And whatsoever ye do, do [it] heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;". Edward Irving had in his Glasgow congregation the wife of a shoemaker, who was a determined infidel. And the way to attain to the benefits of the death of Christ, is, as we learn from St. Paul, in his Epistle to the Philippians, to be, through his grace, conformable unto his death. Colossians 3 23 Coloring Page-Delightful in order to my personal weblog, with this occasion I’m going to explain to you regarding colossians 3 23 coloring page.And from now on, this is the primary graphic: God Loves A Cheerful Giver Coloring Page Coloring Pages Coloring from colossians … The constraint is “for Christ’s sake.” Such motive is--. Compare the same principle in the case of all men, Hezekiah (2 Chronicles 31:21; Romans 12:11). Jul 28, 2019. Rather, our work can be good and redemptive. This resurrection is, indeed, one of the powers of the world to come, which all partake in, and taste of, whose mortal bodies are quickened by the Spirit of God. 😎 # BlindmanMusic # SeeWithYourHeart # JesusReggaeVibes. A. Day 2 Ecclesiastes 2:24-25 “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these,” etc. Scripture: Colossians 3:12–19. Irving visited him day after day without producing any impression. whoever is begotten to this new life in Christ by the power of God,—overcometh the world. (G. D. You should sit at His feet and learn of Him, studying His Word. Sometimes we read that we were dead before the knowledge of Christ: sometimes that we died and were buried with Christ: again, that we rose with Christ, and are alive in him. III. to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, A. 2. (J. H. Wilson, M. We should pray for: Him. This, which St. Paul calls knowing the power of Christ's resurrection, and having our conversation in heaven, the author to the Hebrews calls, tasting the powers of the world to come, Hebrews 6:5. The apostle knew that the conditions of believers are various, and therefore laid down distinct precepts for masters and servants, etc., but proposed a common motive for all. just required. Romans 6:19-20 to which passages the reader may refer. 3475 Mainway PO Box 5070, STN LCD 1 Burlington, ON L7R 3Y8. Take water; it never stands still. He supports his exhortation by the most powerful arguments. But if Christianity makes it sinful to repine against servitude, it gives a dignity to the servant who would still remain in servitude. With a personal interest. Colossians 3:17: Overcoming Boredom (Eccl 9:10) COLOSSIANS 4. The datives may be taken as of reference, or commodi. Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use the convenient, Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology, Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament, International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the inheritance; for ye serve the Lord Christ, "If the Christian religion does this for slaves, it must be wonderful.". 6. That helps kids make decisions and reduces any defiance. "This principle is to govern every detail of his varied service" (Gr. The servants of royalty are nobles; so we are kings and priests unto God. Colossians 3:23-24 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. 5. 2. The longer we have lived in sin, the more urgently are we called to awake to newness of life; the time past may surely suffice to have wrought the will of the flesh. in Munthe’s Obss. It would be truthful to say that all “serve the Lord Christ.” Some against their will--Pharisees, Pilate, Judas, etc. [Ephesians 6:6.] (See Romans 3:4.) But further: this change was what, by nature, we had not power so much as to wish for, or desire for ourselves: but Christ undertook our cause: he took our nature and our iniquities upon himself, and underwent death in behalf of all. "WORK HEARTILY"-"Lit., from the soul" (Vincent p. 508). τῆς κληρον.] 2. Every work is Christian if done for Christ, but there is work more especially done for Him. ‘From the heart,’ or, ‘soul,’ is equivalent to ‘heartily,’ but should be rendered in correspondence with Ephesians 6:6. ὡς τῷ κυρ.] Marriage: Forgiving and Forbearing. Every order is … If not, the original will bear rendering in the imperative--“Serve ye the Lord Christ.” What an exaltation for a slave of Satan to become a servant of Christ. interest at heart, and a delight in their service; like the ; this is to be regarded as taking place for Christ, rendered as a service to Him. Note; a Christian can never want matter of praise, whenever he turns his thoughts toward the Lord Jesus. We can impress people with the wisdom and practicality of the religion of Jesus Christ, by working hard, by being a good worker (Titus 2:9). And oh! Now sin has dislocated man’s moral nature, and though by grace it may have been reset, still God’s wise exercise of it is exceedingly painful; but then this exercise begets spiritual health, and that health sends such a thrill of pleasure through the soul that the very act of obedience to, and service of, Christ, gains strength to obey and serve; and with increasing strength difficulty after difficulty disappears, pain goes, pleasure comes, and the Christian is master of his work, and delights in it. This then is the state of nature according to the representation and language of Holy Writ; and it is easy to see what must become of this old man, this man of sin, upon the appearance of Christ Jesus, who came to destroy the works of the devil; to give life and light to those who sat in the shadow of darkness and death: he and his works must be destroyed, where Christ is fully revealed, to make way for the Spirit of righteousness and his holy works; and to introduce man to the second, or gospel state. The primary reference is to the duties of slaves, the lowest imaginable. ‘With good heart, not from servile necessity, but of a free mind and choice’ (Chrysostom). A lad once said, when urged to decision, “I would like to learn my business before being converted, for I notice that the pious men in my father’s employ are not generally good workmen.” I want you to wipe out this reproach, and try to excel in everything for the sake of Christ--whether in school, workshop, or counting-house, etc. λ.] Hence it is that St. Paul so often exclaims against the absurdity of a Christian's living in sin. In the one case the children had learned to obey, in the other they had not. Hebrew servant, that loved his master, as also his wife and It will open to you many avenues of enjoyment. Colossians 4 : ἵνα κρείττονος ἐλευθερίας ἀπὸ θεοῦ τὺχωσιν. II. 8. The apostle was speaking to slaves, who must have felt their condition to be irksome and degrading, but he applies a principle which altogether transforms it. A. School work is hard, but it will be made all the lighter ii done heartily and to the Lord; and then there would be no need for the coaxing and bribing and threatening that are so common. You need not be missionary to do this. Our work may subsist as a menial job; we may dislike our work. Whatsoever, however small, ye do, in this relation, work from the heart ‘Do it’ is inexact; the same word is not repeated. vi. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant'. We have. All rights reserved. Submit yourselves unto your own husbands; be under their government, as it is fit in the Lord, according to the law of creation, and the divine constitution; obedient in all things which are not inconsistent with your duty to the Lord Jesus. Put on therefore bowels of mercies, such as were in Jesus Christ, towards the miserable and afflicted, kindness in every word and deed, humbleness of mind, being lowly in your own thoughts of yourselves, and condescending to others; meekness, quietly submitting to the dispensations of Providence, and enduring patiently every reproach and indignity; long-suffering under repeated and aggravated provocations; forbearing one another under your several infirmities, and forgiving one another every offence or injury, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye, whose amazing grace to us should powerfully engage our hearts to pass by each other's transgressions, and not only to forgive, but to blot out of our remembrance every past offence. Sometimes the road is rough, but the motive for treading it makes it smooth, and the companionship of Him we love relieves its tedium and lightens its darkness. 6. We get credited to our accounts so many things; this truth is no exception. Evening Reflection Review Your Day: Note how many times you were aware of God’s presence. 2. as to the Lord, and not unto men; (See Gill on Ephesians Colossians 4 Resources - Multiple Sermons and Commentaries A good work, such as prayer, becomes hypocrisy if done for the praise of men. 6. The duty of parents. Happy service. “No.” “Why that is Thompson, the best forgeman in the district.” “Oh, indeed, I have often heard of Thompson’s work; I will go and hear him preach.” He did so and became a new man. ( Col 3:5-7 ) Put to death the things that are against God and part of this world. Christ has died for you, redeemed you. Colossian Christians are feeling Nikki reflects on Colossians 3: 23-24. It is the badge of true Christian discipleship--not creeds, professions, sentiments, etc. Thus dying to sin, we begin to live again unto God, and to true holiness: and this is a resurrection of the man made after the image of God, which before was dead in trespasses; and therefore we are said to be made alive to Christ, and to rise together with him. There were two issues during this sandwich making event. “Thy gentleness hath made me great.” It is a greater honour to serve Christ in the most menial capacity than to occupy the throne of the Caesars. Abiding enough. In the Messianic κληρονομία, i.e. Colossians 3 - Therefore, if you have been raised with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. That which gives unity to the Christian life is Christ. So Christ claims all we are and all we have--time, money, secularities, and not merely Sabbaths, worship, etc. Colossians 1: 23 'If you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel. 1. ‘And the relation to the human master should not, in this method of regarding it, be taken into the account at all, on the principle of not serving two masters’ (Meyer). (A. C. Price, B. Theological Point: Work is not meant to be something that we dread. Colossians 03 (Contemporary English Version) You have been raised to life with Christ. Mor. The fact that the text was addressed to the lowest is instructive. The influence of Christian character and effort is greatly enhanced when connected with superiority in business. It will enable you to discover riches and beauty in the Divine word which would otherwise be concealed. And yet we have to “work out” what God works in. * [3:1–4] By retaining the message of the gospel that the risen, living Christ is the source of their salvation, the Colossians will be free from false religious evaluations of the things of the world (Col 3:1–2). IV. not by mere force and necessity, grudgingly, and with murmurings, You are serving the Lord Christ.” In summary, Paul says that whatever we do, do it as if we’re doing it for Jesus Christ, because we are. Make the attempt now, and with what comparative ease you accomplish it! Let no day pass without a word with Jesus. Respecting the contrast of ἀνθρ. Such is the power of Christ's resurrection, that those who feel it, have (as the Apostle informs us, Philippians 3:20.) (4.) appear to concern servants only, and what they do under that The invitation was rudely declined, and OH mentioning the matter to an acquaintance who came up immediately, he was asked if he knew who the preacher was. Commit to at least increasing that by one time tomorrow. To help you in this--. Every order is shipped with instructions on how to apply your decal. Comp. On ἀνταπόδοσις (only found here in the N. T.), comp. N.T. Moses, Gideon, Elisha, the shepherds, the apostles were all called when at their work. Distinct verbs [ poieete (Greek #4160), ergazesthe (Greek #2038)]; 'whatsoever ye do, work at it' (labour at it). Again, St. Paul tells us, that the Spirit of God will quicken our mortal bodies, as well as our dead bodies, which is not to be understood, without having recourse to the first resurrection, which is to a new life of holiness, and which must be the forerunner and introducer of the second resurrection to glory. A. Heylin. Say, “I see books on the floor” rather than giving a direct command. do, do it — two distinct Greek verbs, “Whatsoever ye do, work at it” (or “labor at” it). 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