III. The servants of royalty are nobles; so we are kings and priests unto God. He does not address this choice saying to masters, preachers, deacons, magistrates, or persons of influence, but to slaves. We have an illustration of this in Paul, in his theology, experience, and work. Day 1 Colossians 3:23-24 Morning Reflection Pray: God, I commit my day to you, every interaction, every decision, every effort. They have died to these; but one day when Christ…appears, they will live with Christ in the presence of God (Col 3:3–4). 2, xxxii. But the right answer would be, To work. 2. V. Easy service. 3. It is often when people are busy at their work that God comes with a blessing. their conversation in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. III. 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. The duty of husbands. Rev., correctly, ye do - work; the latter being the stronger term as opposed to idleness. 5. 4 When Christ, who is your [] life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory There should be much communion with Him. the writer, who was closely related to Epaphras (Colossians 1:7), was a preacher of this gospel (so Meyer, followed by Ellicott and Alford). Whatever job to which God called us, he wants us to serve him with it. Soul work. 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. 1. St. Paul had heard about the Colossian Church through a man named Epaphras (Colossians 1:7; 4:12) who informed the apostle about the struggles of this young Christian community. It has an exceeding great reward by and by. 463]. Philippians 3:10-11 where, if we remember what has been said of our being made conformable to the death and resurrection of Christ, by rising to holiness and righteousness, we shall not be at a loss to understand what it is to know or feel the power of Christ's resurrection; or to understand how the knowing the power of Christ's resurrection should be a means of attaining the resurrection of the dead. Comp. This spirit has a measure of power in it, as the lash drives the slave. ‘With good heart, not from servile necessity, but of a free mind and choice’ (Chrysostom). The love of Christ makes sacrifice easy and delightful. Winer, § 55, 1. And oh! Do, do it. ‘From the heart,’ or, ‘soul,’ is equivalent to ‘heartily,’ but should be rendered in correspondence with Ephesians 6:6. ‘With good heart, not from servile necessity, but of a free mind and choice’ (Chrysostom). To find this connection, we must look back to the middle of the foregoing chapter, (Colossians 3:10. in the name of Jesus, in the attitude that Jesus would approve of. May my life today honor you and bless others. Every professor should have something to do for Christ. “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. 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. Think about what is up there, not about what is here on earth. To kill a man, of malice prepense, is murder; but to kill him by accident is no sin at all. 6. The Colossians, insignificant ex-pagans from a third-rate country town, will be seen in a glory which, if it were now to appear, one might be tempted to worship.” (Wright) 2. The fact that the text was addressed to the lowest is instructive. You are not your own but His. 4. 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. 2. Work is not an evil, but a good. Copyright © 2021, Bible Study Tools. “Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. If you had work to do for Her Majesty you would try to do your best. 2. “Whatsoever,” whether the work of master or servant, prince or peasant, “do it as to the Lord.” When we can recognize Christ as our Master, and our work as rendered to Him, it should make us faithful servants, whoever may be our immediate employer. Some have thought that these words, and the two following verses, regard the Colossians in general, and the performance of any, and all good works by them; but by their connection with the preceding verse, and with the beginning of the next chapter, they appear to concern servants only, and what they do under that character, and under the discharge of their duty: do it heartily, not by mere force and necessity, grudgingly, and with murmurings, but from the heart, and with good will, having a true, real, and hearty affection for their masters, having their good and interest at heart, and a delight in their service; like the Hebrew servant, that loved his master, as also his wife and children, and therefore would not depart from him, see Exodus 21:5. as to the Lord, and not unto men; See Gill on Ephesians 6:7. It tells the servant, that ii faithful here, he may rank with his master hereafter, even though the employment of the master has been the advancement of Christ’s cause on earth. Take away the variety of callings, reduce all to that of the monk, and civilization is undermined and we revert to barbarism. Care for His Church. Do it heartily, as to the Lord] This is to make a virtue of necessity, while in serving men we serve the Lord Christ, going about our earthly businesses with heavenly minds, with not only a habitual, but an actual intention, as much as may be, of glorifying God in all. We have to escape--which surely involves earnestness--to Jesus. (G. D. 3. Greek. 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. We have. Sacred Sandwiches: Some Reflections on Colossians 3:23-24 by Delano Sheffield | December 11, 2016. Husbands, love your wives and do not be embittered against them. With great power the Apostles bore witness. (J. H. Wilson, M. That which gives unity to the Christian life is Christ. I. honourable service. ( Col 3:5-7 ) Put to death the things that are against God and part of this world. 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. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts; being at peace with him, carefully cultivate peace with each other; and let a sense of his reconciliation to you sway your hearts to mutual love and forbearance; to the which also ye are called in one body, as together united to Christ your common head; and be ye thankful for this invaluable blessing. Hence it is that St. Paul so often exclaims against the absurdity of a Christian's living in sin. This must be our frame of mind in all of life. “Take My yoke upon you … and ye shall find rest.” Love is the magic power which makes what is irksome pleasurable. How then, as the Apostle cries out, how shall we, who are dead to sin, continue any longer therein? “Whatsoever ye do.”, V. Its consummation. just required. (Colossians 3:23.) 4. V. Christian work. In special acts done to himself. 2. The letter of St. Paul to the Colossians is an interesting epistle. 1. Our relationship with Jesus is to even transform our work habits. all good works by them; but by their connection with the 4thly, The Apostle passes on to inculcate the due discharge of the great relative duties; and he begins as before (Ephesians 5:22,) with the inferior relation, as subjection is peculiarly hard for creatures who are naturally under the power of a spirit of pride and independence. 2nd, If we would set our affections on things in heaven, our sensual and earthly affections must be mortified; and hereunto the Apostle earnestly exhorts them. Praying through Colossians 3:23 . Happy service. To serve us He laid aside His glorious array and girt Him with the garments of a servant. to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, the gospel had been universally proclaimed and hence had universal validity; (3.) 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). And whatsoever ye do 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. 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. II. It has now the approval of conscience and the Master; it will ultimately receive “the reward of the inheritance.” (U. R. Colossians 4 : ἵνα κρείττονος ἐλευθερίας ἀπὸ θεοῦ τὺχωσιν. 2. "This principle is to govern every detail of his varied service" (Gr. That helps kids make decisions and reduces any defiance. Follow the JESUS REGGAE VIBES Playlist on YOUTUBE & SPOTIFY. 6. Colossians 2:11.) The Colossians had heard the gospel, hence had no excuse for being moved away from the hope it presented; (2.) In the one case the children had learned to obey, in the other they had not. At first the exercise gives acute pain, but after awhile, as vigour and strength return to the limb, in the thrill of health that he feels, the man forgets the pain and is glad. If your work is first with you, and your fee second, work is your master, and the Lord of work, who is God. 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. Why? FOR THE LORD AND NOT FOR MEN... Colossians 3:23 See with your heart! 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. and χριστός, see on Galatians 1:1. εἰδότες κ. τ. Now the body, together with the soul, which is the active principle of life, the influencer and director of the body, and all its motions, constitutes the man: hence, therefore, by an easy and natural metaphor, those depraved appetites and affections, which are the instruments, or members of sin, and which compose the body of sin;—together with the evil principle ruling in us, and directing the affections in the pursuit of all uncleanness and iniquity, and which is called sin,—are said in scripture to be the old man; the only man which lives before the regeneration by Christ Jesus. 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). There are families in which the children having been asked to do something, refuse or delay; then a struggle ensues, involving discomfort to both parents and children. Ye serve the Lord Christ--. vi. Do your best. Christ gives dignity to human work and toil. Holiness is as necessary to our spiritual life, as eating and drinking are to our natural; and therefore the Apostle's conclusion in the text is most obviously just; If we be risen with Christ,—if we live with him, we must seek the things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. ), When Calvin was banished from ungrateful Geneva, he said, “Most assuredly if I had merely served man, this would have been a poor recompense; but it is my happiness that I have served Him who never fails to reward His servants to the full extent of His promise.” (C. H. 1. A little child had given to her by a friend a bunch of ripe, beautiful grapes. White text against dark background. Is yours humble? p. 543). 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. It is the proper thing to go to a place of worship, to give their guinea, etc. But one day he sat down beside him and began talking about his work and the material he was then handling. 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 ). Negatively he did not seek wealth or honour, either as his main or subordinate object. The field of Christian usefulness is wide, and there can be no difficulty in finding suitable work. 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). Ex. 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