As we continue looking at prominent themes in the epistle to the Colossians, this morning we dive into Chapter Three. Our text is a bit lengthy, but well worth the time to ponder it. We will take several posts to consider this challenge. We read in Chapter Three —
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. 5 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. 6 Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. 7 You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. 8 But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. 9 Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. 11 Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
I’m a big believer in marking up my Bible. This morning please notice the verbs that I have highlighted in BOLD.
How many admonitions (commands, challenges) do you count in this section of Colossians 3? I count fifteen specific admonitions in these verses. Here’s that list:
1. Set your hearts
2. Set your minds
3. Put to death
4. Rid yourselves of
5. Do not lie to each other
6. Clothe yourselves with
7. Bear with each other
8. Forgive one another
9. Forgive as the Lord forgave you
10. Put on love
11. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts
12. Be thankful
13. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly
14. Do all in the name of the Lord Jesus
15. Give thanks
We will discuss the first of these in our next post on Colossians.
The challenge today? Don’t passively let your Christian life slip away. Become active in pursuing a godly life!