Blog for podcast #78 (Colosse)


Intro

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Discussion

In most of my podcasts I have shown how many in this world. Especially in the United States. May not be as secure with their salvation as they think. Few have listened, most have scoff, mocked and ridiculed. Today I have been led to take a different approach. Today we will look into the letter written to Colosse:

Colossians 3:1-11 – Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. 2 Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. 3 For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory. 5 So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. Don’t be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world. 6 Because of these sins, the anger of God is coming. 7 You used to do these things when your life was still part of this world. 8 But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language. 9 Don’t lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds. 10 Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him. 11 In this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us.

These verses instruct us to learn about God through Jesus Christ. The only way to learn is by studying the Bible. Not just reading it. Studying it. This means to get to the core of the teachings as they were given to those people that had accept Jesus Christ as their Savior and had been filled with the Holy Spirit. We are to leave the things of the world behind. Not thinking upon the things of this world, but upon our eternal life that is to come when Christ is fully revealed to the entire world once more.

Once again, we find a listing of sins that are not to remain within those that profess to be followers of Christ. Let us look at these in the KJV:

Colossians 3:5 – Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:

Fornication – G4202 – porneia – harlotry (including adultery and incest) figuratively idolatry; whoredom.

  1. Harlotry – prostitution

Uncleanness – G167 – akatharsia – impurity, physically or morally

inordinate affection – G3806 – pathos – a passion (especially concupiscence), (inordinate) affection, lust; suffering, emotion, depraved passion

  1. Inordinate – much more than usual or expected

Concupiscence – G1939 – epithumia – a longing (especially for what is forbidden), desire, eagerness for, inordinate desire, lust.

And once again we encounter “covetousness.”

Covetousness – G4124 – pleonexia – avarice, that is, (by implication) fraudulency, extortion, greediness, aggression, desire for advantage

  • Avarice – an extremely strong wish to get or keep money or possessions

A further listing of sins is shown in verse eight and nine. Once again, we go to the KJV;

Colossians 3:8-9 – 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;

Anger – G3709 – orgé – properly desire (as a reaching forth or excitement of the mind), that is, (by analogy) violent passion (ire, or [justifiable] abhorrence) by implication punishment: indignation, vengeance; Impulse.

Wrath – G2372 –  thumos – passion (as if breathing hard), fierceness, indignation, an outburst of passion.

Malice – G2549 – kakia – badness, that is, (subjectively) depravity, or (actively) malignity or (passively) trouble: evil, naughtiness. In Bible Hub it is listed this way: (a) evil (i.e. trouble, labor, misfortune), (b) wickedness, (c) vicious disposition, malice, spite. (basically criminal behavior)

Blasphemy – G988 – blasphémia – vilification (especially against God); abusive or scurrilous language.

filthy communication -G148 – aischrologia – vile conversation, filthy speech, foul language.

These actions and behaviors are those of the world, not those that have committed themselves to Christ. As is pointed out in these verses to the Christians in Colosse.

As the letter continues those that have accepted Christ as their Savior are told how they should behave and act:

Colossians 3:12-17 – Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. 13 Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. 14 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful. 6 Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. 17 And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.

As can be seen in these verses of this letter to the Christians of this community. Once again echo those of other teachings throughout the New Testament. To leave the world behind. Not to seek after anything that gives personal pleasures here on earth.

Nevertheless turning back to the first section we looked at today I wish to key in on how the wording to these people was presented.

“So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you”

“Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth”

Mortify – G3498 – nekros – to deaden, to subdue.

This shows we have a responsibility to end the lusts of our flesh that seek after the sins listed. We do this through seeking after the knowledge found within the Bible. So, we can try through prayer and supplication as well as study. To try and live our lives like a true follower of Jesus Christ.

By not looking for rewards and riches here on earth, but to store them up in heaven where they belong.

Matthew 6:19-24 – “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be. 22 “Your eye is like a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is filled with light. 23 But when your eye is unhealthy, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is! 24 “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.

Let us continue the third chapter of Colossians:

Colossians 3:18-25 – Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting for those who belong to the Lord. 19 Husbands, love your wives and never treat them harshly. 20 Children, always obey your parents, for this pleases the Lord. 21 Fathers, do not aggravate your children, or they will become discouraged. 22 Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything you do. Try to please them all the time, not just when they are watching you. Serve them sincerely because of your reverent fear of the Lord. 23 Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. 24 Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ. 25 But if you do what is wrong, you will be paid back for the wrong you have done. For God has no favorites.

Now before we continue, I wish to rephrase a couple of verses to be more in line with today’s world:

Employees, obey your employers in everything you do. Try to please them all the time, not just when they are watching you. Serve them sincerely because of your reverent fear of the Lord. 23 Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. 24 Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Employer you truly are serving is Christ.

Now with that outta the way. We are told how to act as followers of Jesus Christ.

The letter also states:

“But if you do what is wrong, you will be paid back for the wrong you have done. For God has no favorites.”

This shows that we can be cut off from God, as I have shown multiple times in my podcast and blog posts. If you do not live a Christian life, but live in, of and for the world you are doing wrong and will receive the reward you have earned for yourself. As Peter words it:

2 Peter 2:20-22 – And when people escape from the wickedness of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and then get tangled up and enslaved by sin again, they are worse off than before. 21 It would be better if they had never known the way to righteousness than to know it and then reject the command they were given to live a holy life. 22 They prove the truth of this proverb: “A dog returns to its vomit.” And another says, “A washed pig returns to the mud.”

Many have return to their vomit and mud and believe with all their hearts they are one with God through Jesus Christ. Yet they will awaken one day to find themselves standing on the wrong side of a Great White Throne saying:

Matthew 7:22 – On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ 23 But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’

Ponder and think

God Bless

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