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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Colossians Chapter 3

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Paul
Date Penned: (60 AD)
Overview: The Deity of Jesus Christ and the Church (c 1-4)
Theme: What Christians Should Do (c 3-4)
Message: Living Life in Christ (v 1-23)

Colossians 3 Commentary

(3:1-7) Living the New Life - Whereas chapter 2 was mostly a criticism of false teachers, this section affirms the Christian’s new position in Christ. In chapter 2, Paul exposed the wrong reasons for self-denial. In chapter 3, Paul explains true Christian behavior—putting on the new self by accepting Christ and regarding the earthly nature as dead. We change our moral and ethical behavior by letting Christ live within us, so that he can shape us into what we should be.

(3:18-25) Instructions for Christian Households - In Paul’s day, women, children, and slaves were to submit to the head of the family—slaves would submit until they were freed, male children until they grew up, and women and girls for their whole lives. Paul emphasized the equality of all believers in Christ (Galatians 3:28), but he did not suggest overthrowing Roman society to achieve it. Instead, he counseled all believers to submit to authority by choice. Paul gave rules for three sets of household relationships: (1) husbands and wives, (2) parents and children, and (3) masters and slaves. In each case, there is mutual responsibility to submit and love, to obey and encourage, to work hard and be fair. Examine your family and work relationships. Do you relate to others as God intended?


Dave Burnette's Life Application

Where is Your Focus?

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the book of Colossians with Chapter 3 and in our text we see Paul reminding us of our goals and vision as a Christian giving us principles to live. We are to set our eyes on the truth of Jesus who is eternal verses this world which is fading away. In making application we see the key to a successful Christian life is to keep our eyes on Jesus in all we do. How about you? Where is your focus? Let us learn from our text today and the reminder of Paul to keep our focus on Jesus, to trust Him for all we do, making decisions according to Him and His Word, which will produce a successful Christian Life.


Colossians 3

Colossians 3

 1If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.

 2Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

 3For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

 4When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.

 5Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:

 6For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:

 7In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.

 8But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.

 9Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;

 10And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:

 11Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.

 12Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;

 13Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.

 14And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.

 15And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

 16Let 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.

 17And 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.

 18Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord.

 19Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.

 20Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.

 21Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.

 22Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God;

 23And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;

 24Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.

 25But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.