Beulah Baptist Church
Friday, September 22, 2017

Principles for Inner & Family Life from the Book of Colossians

Principles For The Inner Life & Family Life from the Book of Colossians
 
[3:5] – The Bible says, mortify that is the flesh must be kept in the place of death and nailed to the cross. We should consider ourselves dead and unresponsive to evil desires. We’re to mortify our members that could cause us to sin and it names the evil desires. See notes on Galatians for a description of the listed sins here.
 
[3:6] – God does not regard sin with indifference people are going to experience the wrath of God and it is coming with certainty. If we look to [John 3:18, 36] we see that we are condemned already unless we accept the blood of Christ and try to live a life pleasing to God. Now we’re not condemned if we don’t live a life pleasing to God if we accept Christ we’re going to heaven but we’ll go by the skin of our teeth saved yet so as by fire [I Cor. 3:15]. Christians will be robbed of rewards at the judgment seat of Christ if they commit such sins. The wrath of God comes on the children of disobedience who think they can get by with such things just because the heavens are silent. But God will not be mocked and people will reap a terrible harvest of judgment in a day yet future.
 
[3:7] – In the which, you also walked, now these Colossians were once addicted to and practiced these vices. People get addicted to these vices and they live in them and the Greek imperfect tense implies constant conduct. In their past lives, they did these things all the time before their conversion so this was a chapter in their life that was covered by the blood of Christ.
 
[3:8] – Paul tells them to rid themselves completely of the things mentioned in this verse. See notes on Galatians 5 for a description of these sins. Be done with your old morals and commit yourselves to those that Christ teaches. This is an appeal to the commitment believer’s make a baptism.
 
[3:9] – We are to stop lying for there is no such thing as a little white lie. All lies are big and black. The old man is the unsaved nature and is not converted or renewed or improved he is corrupt and therefore we are to put off the old man. Lying to one another disrupts unity and trust and it tears down relationships and open war.
 
[3:10] – Paul has told us to take off and put on as one would take off dirty clothes and puts on clean ones. So the Christian is called to renounce his old ways and live in accordance with the rules of Christ’s kingdom [II Cor. 5:17]. The Christian is in a continuing education program. We are continuing to be remodeled and rebuilt. The more we know of Christ and His work the more we are being charged to live and being changed to be like Him. Because this process is life long we must never cease learning and obeying. It takes practice and concentration to keep in line with the will of God and it is not an easy thing you have to work at it. The new man is not yet matured and he is forever in the state of development.
 
[3:11] – Jesus Christ died for everyone that’s ever lived and barriers of race, education, social standing, wealth, religion and power should not apply in the Christian church. Those barriers should be removed. Christ breaks down all barriers and accepts all people who will come to Him and accept Him as Savior. Nothing should keep us from telling people about Christ or accepting into our fellowship any and all believers. Christians should be in the bridge building business and should not be in the business of building walls. All believers are on the same level when it comes to standing before God.
 
Bishop Riles states this truth very boldly. He says three words Christ is all. They’re the essence and substance of Christianity. If our hearts can really go along with them it is well with our soul. Many give Christ a place in their religion but not the place, which God intended Him to fill. Christ alone is not all in all to their souls. No. It is either Christ and the church or Christ and the sacraments or Christ and His ordained ministers or Christ and their own repentance or Christ and their own goodness or Christ and their own prayers or Christ and their own sincerity and charity on which they practically rest their souls. And this is a shame for people are depending on themselves to get to heaven or to please God and it’s just not going to work that way. In the new man there is an obliteration of distinctions, Christ is all and nothing else if a man is going to heaven.
 
[3:12] – In this verse Paul is about to give us a strategy to help us live for God day, by day. We are to imitate Christ’s forgiving attitude [v 13]. We’re to let love or charity, guide our life [v 14]. We’re to let the peace of God rule in our heart [v 15]. We’re to always be thankful [v 15]. We’re to keep God’s Word with us and in us at all times [v 16]. We’re to live as Christ’s representatives here on this earth [v 17].
We are to clothe ourselves completely with this. We now have a characterization of believers we are the elect of God that is we are chosen of God and we ought to be holy because we are set apart by God and for God. Not only are we the chosen of God and to live holy we beloved that is we are loved by God. These are the attire of the new man his spiritual wardrobe of practical righteousness. We are to be mercy in action. We are to be thoughtful of others and gracious. This refers to an inner attitude. And then we are to have humbleness of mind this refers to an outward expression of that inner attitude. Humbleness is modesty that places self last and it regards self as the least of all [Eph. 3:8]. We are to be meek having a delicate consideration for others because pride has no place in the Christian live.
 
[3:13] – If Christians apply this verse there will be no problems in their homes or churches. The key to forgiving others is to remember how much God had forgiven you. We are to put up with those things we dislike and get along with those who disagree with us. Christians can disagree without being disagreeable. The Christian is to always treat the offending party graciously by forgiving and forgetting. A quarrel is a cause of blame and a ground for complaint.
 
[3:14] – Love is the basis and cloak of all the graces.
 
[3:15] – Christians should live in perfect harmony that would be perfectness. This does not eliminate all differences in opinion but loving Christians will work together despite their differences. Such love is not a feeling but a decision to meet others needs. Love leads to peace between individuals and among the members of the body of believers. The word rule comes from athletics and Paul says to let the peace of Christ be an umpire in our hearts. Our hearts are the center of conflict because there our feelings and our desires clash. Our fears, our hopes, our distrust and our trust, our jealousy and our love, how can we deal with these constant conflicts and live how God wants? We must decide between conflict and elements by using the rule of peace which choice will promote peace in our souls and in our churches. This is the heart peace that Christ demonstrated while He was on this earth. It is the tranquility of soul that is not ruffled by adversity or destroyed by fear. This peace [Phil 4:7] passes all understanding and is given by Christ [John 14:27]. We are to be thankful for what God is doing for us, through us and in us.
 
[3:16] – The Word of God is to be at home in us and it is to be a part of us permanently [Joshua 1:8].
 
[3:17] – Whatever we do we are to do all in the name of the Lord Jesus. In all relations of life act as the Lord’s representative, obey His Word, trust in His power and devote yourselves to His service. We should like Christ-centered lives. Belief relates to behavior. Creed issues in conduct and doctrine relates to duty. As a Christian we represent Christ wherever we go and in whatever we do or say. With that in mind what impression do people have of Christ when they see or talk with you? This verse is an all-inclusive rule by which to judge our conduct as Christians. Young people today especially have a difficult time deciding whether certain things are right or wrong. This verse if committed to memory can be the key to unlocking many of these problems. The great test should be, can I do this in the name of Christ? Would this be to His glory? Can I expect His blessing to rest on it? Would I want to be doing it when He comes again? This test should apply to the words we speak and the deeds we do. Obedience to this command ennobles all of life. It’s a precious secret when the believer learns to do all for the Lord’s glory.
 
Appropriate Behavior For Members Of The Christian Household
 
God considers the Christian home to be a very important force of the Christian life. The well-known statement the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world has truth in it that appears beyond the surface. The family unit, was, designed by God for the preservation of much that is worthwhile in life. Has less and less attention is devoted to the home even so our civilization deteriorates and it deteriorates very rapidly. One’s fitness for leadership grows out of his proven character in the home. In the verse to follow we have some of the fundamental verses to guide in the establishment of the Christian home. In studying this section we should be aware of the must.
 
First of all there must be a family altar a time each day when the family gathers for the reading of the Holy Scriptures and prayer.
 
Secondly, the father must have his place of authority in the home and he must exercise that authority in wisdom and in love.
 
Thirdly, the wife and mother should realize that her first responsibility to God and the family is in the home. In general it is not wise for the wife to have an outside job.
 
Fourthly, the husband and wife should present a godly example to all their children. They should be united on all matters including the disciplining of the children.
 
Fifthly the family unit should be maintained. It is possible to become so engrossed in business and social life and even in Christian service that the children suffer from lack of affection, companionship, instruction and discipline.
 
Sixthly, with regard to the discipline of children three cardinal rules have been suggested. First, never punish in anger. Second, never punish unjustly. Third, never punish without explaining the reason.
 
Seventh, it is good for children to learn to bear the yoke in their youth, to learn the discipline of work and accepting responsibility and of the value of money.
 
Christian parents should parents should avoid being ambitious for their children in a worldly carnal way but should constantly hold before them the service of our Lord as the most profitable way to spend their lives.
 
[3:18] – Wives, submit is an old military term which means to line up under like we see in [Eph. 5:22]. There is absolutely no hint of inferiority but a matter of responsibility to the home. Wives are to be in habitual subjection with implicit trust that is they are to trust their husband and his decision making in that family. Submission is a voluntary act it is not forced on her by a demanding husband. The wife is a helpmeet that means she is a help suitable to a husband and the husband should remember she is not a slave. The family has to have authority and the wives submission is prompted by the husband’s love. Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands as it is fit in the Lord. That is the way it should be. All of life is to be lived in fellowship with Christ. God is emphasizing responsibilities. God is not emphasizing rights that people have. He’s talking about their responsibilities and here is speaking about the relationship between a husband and a wife.
 
[3:19] – Husbands love your wives that means to keep on loving your wives and this more than human affection. The dominant trait of the Christian husband is self-devotion it is not self-satisfaction.
 
[3:20] – This is an old verb that means to listen, heed and hearken to instructions that their days may be long upon the earth. God is speaking here of continual obedience to your parents because it is your commendable Christian duty to obey your parents when you are a child.
 
[3:21] – Do not have the habit of exasperating your children. This means to excite, nag, vex or rouse to resentment. Fathers exasperate their children by being inconsiderate, being too demanding, being over-corrective or being unjust and severe. Parents also exasperate their children by being fault finding always frowning and holding other children up as examples. The twig is to be bent with caution the twig is not to be broken lest they be discouraged. This negative purpose with a Greek present subjunctive implies forbidding a beginning in act. Such children will be broken in spirit and they will give up thinking it is impossible to please man or God.