"THE EPISTLE TO THE COLOSSIANS" Chapter Three OBJECTIVES IN STUDYING THIS CHAPTER 1) To see what Paul offers as the Christian solution in dealing with the problem of sin 2) To understand what our responsibilities are as "the elect of God, holy and beloved" SUMMARY Having warned the brethren of the "Colossian Heresy," and the need to be established in the faith of Jesus Christ, Paul now offers a detailed description of "The Christian Solution" to the problem of sin in their lives. Rather than being deceived or swayed by false alternatives, they need to seek those things above, where Christ is, to set their minds on things above and not on the earth. This is because they have been raised with Christ (cf. Co 2:12) and their life is now hidden in Christ, awaiting the day of His coming in which they will appear with Him in glory (1-4). With minds set on Christ, they need to "put to death" those sins in which their earthly members once engaged, and upon which the wrath of God is coming. This is done by "putting off" the old man with his deeds, and "putting on" the new man who is being renewed in knowledge after the image of Christ. The deeds of the old man and the characteristics of the new man are defined by Paul, followed with exhortations to allow the "peace of God" to rule in their hearts and to let the "word of Christ" dwell in them richly. He also charges them to do all things in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father (5-17). As so much of their daily lives revolve around the home, Paul also addresses the responsibilities of various family members as they serve the Lord (18-4:1). OUTLINE I. THE CHRISTIAN SOLUTION (1-17) A. SET YOUR MIND ON THINGS ABOVE (1-4) 1. Since you were raised with Christ, seek those things above (1-2) a. Where Christ is, seated at God's right hand (1) b. Not on the things on the earth (2) 2. For you have died, one day to appear with Christ in glory (3-4) a. Your life is now hidden with Christ in God (3) b. When Christ appears, you will also appear with Him in glory (4) B. PUT OFF THE OLD MAN (5-9) 1. Put to death the members of your body (5) a. Fornication b. Uncleanness c. Passion d. Evil desire e. Covetousness, which is idolatry -- For the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience, and you also once walked in such things (6-7) 2. Put off the old man with his deeds (8-9) a. Anger b. Wrath c. Malice d. Blasphemy e. Filthy language f. Lying to one another C. PUT ON THE NEW MAN (10-17) 1. In which you are renewed in the image of our Creator, where there is neither: a. Greek nor Jew b. Circumcised nor uncircumcised c. Barbarian, Scythian d. Slave nor free -- But Christ, who is all and in all (10-11) 2. As God's elect, put on Christ-like qualities (12-14) a. Tender mercies b. Kindness c. Humbleness of mind d. Meekness e. Longsuffering f. Bearing with one another g. Forgiving one another, even as Christ forgave you h. Above all these things, put on love, the perfect tie that binds 3. In addition... a. Let God's peace rule in your heart, and be thankful (15) b. Let Christ's word dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another with song, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord (16) c. Do all things in the name of the Lord Jesus, with thanksgiving to God (17) II. FAMILIAL RESPONSIBILITIES (18-4:1) A. WIVES TOWARD THEIR HUSBANDS (18) 1. Submit to your own husbands 2. As is fitting in the Lord B. HUSBANDS TOWARDS THEIR WIVES (19) 1. Love your wives 2. Do not be bitter toward them C. CHILDREN TOWARD THEIR PARENTS (20) 1. Obey your parents in all things 2. This is well pleasing to the Lord D. FATHERS TOWARD THEIR CHILDREN (21) 1. Do not provoke your children 2. Or they may become discouraged E. SERVANTS TOWARD THEIR MASTERS (22-25) 1. Obey your earthly masters in all things (22) a. Not with eye-service, seeking only to please men b. But with sincerity of heart, fearing God 2. Do your work heartily (23-24) a. As to the Lord and not to men (23) b. Knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance (24) 3. He who does wrong... (25) a. Will be repaid for the wrong he does b. There will be no partiality F. MASTERS TOWARD THEIR SERVANTS (4:1) 1. Give your servants what is just and fair 2. Knowing that you also have a Master in heaven
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1) What are the main points of this chapter? 2) What two-fold charge is given to those who have been raised with Christ? (1-2) 3) Where is our "life" at the present? When shall it appear? (3-4) 4) What sins are we to "put to death"? (5) 5) Why must we put them to death? (6) 6) What other sins must we "put off"? (8,9) 7) What have we "put off," and what have we "put on"? (9-10) 8) As God's elect (chosen), holy and beloved, what are we to "put on"? (12-14) 9) What must we allow the "peace of God" to do? (15) 10) What must we allow the "word of Christ" to do? (16) 11) How are we to teach and admonish one another? (16) 12) How are we to do all things, whether in word or deed? (17) 13) What is the duty of wives? (18) 14) What is the duty of husbands? (19) 15) What is the duty of children? (20) 16) What is the duty of fathers? (21) 17) What are the duties of servants? (22-23) 18) What positive motivation is there for a servant to so act? What negative motivation? (24-25) 20) What is the duty of masters? What motivation is offered to do this? (4:1)