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3:1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.

3:2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

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

3:4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.

3:5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: 3:6 For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: 3:7 In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.

3:8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.

3:9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; 3:10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: 3:11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.

3:12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; 3:13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.

3:14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.

3:15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

3:16 Let 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.

3:17 And 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.

3:18 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord.

3:19 Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.

3:20 Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.

3:21 Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.

3:22 Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God; 3:23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; 3:24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.

3:25 But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.

Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
back to: Colossians
Book: Colossians
Chapter: 3

The Colossians exhorted to be heavenly-minded; (1-4) to
mortify all corrupt affections; (5-11) to live in mutual Love,
forbearance, and forgiveness; (12-17) and to practise the duties
of wives and husbands, children, parents, and servants. (18-25)

1-4 As Christians are freed from the ceremonial Law, they must
walk the more closely with God in Gospel obedience. As Heaven
and Earth are contrary one to the other, both cannot be followed
together; and Affection to the one will weaken and abate
Affection to the other. Those that are born again are dead to
Sin, because its dominion is broken, its power gradually subdued
By the operation of Grace, and it shall at length be
extinguished By the Perfection of Glory. To be dead, then, means
this, that those who have the Holy Spirit, mortifying within
them the lusts of the Flesh, are able to despise earthly things,
and to desire those that are heavenly. Christ is, at present,
one whom we have not seen; but our comfort is, that our Life is
safe with him. The streams of this living water flow into the
soul By the influences of the Holy Spirit, through Faith. Christ
lives in the believer By his Spirit, and the believer lives to
him in all he does. At the second Coming of Christ, there will
be a general assembling of all the redeemed; and those whose
Life is now hid with Christ, shall then appear with him in his
Glory. Do we look for such happiness, and should we not set our
affections upon that world, and live above this?

5-11 It is our duty to mortify our members which incline to the
things of the world. Mortify them, kill them, suppress them, as
weeds or vermin which spread and destroy all about them.
Continual opposition must be made to all corrupt workings, and
No provision made for Carnal indulgences. Occasions of Sin must
be avoided: the lusts of the Flesh, and the Love of the world;
and Covetousness, which is Idolatry; Love of present good, and
of outward enjoyments. It is necessary to mortify sins, because
if we do not kill them, they will kill us. The Gospel changes
the higher as Well as the lower powers of the soul, and supports
the rule of right reason and Conscience, over appetite and
Passion. There is now No difference from country, or conditions
and circumstances of Life. It is the duty of every one to be
holy, because Christ is a Christian's All, his only Lord and
Saviour, and all his Hope and happiness.

12-17 We must not only do No hurt to any, but do what good we
can to all. Those who are the elect of God, holy and beloved,
ought to be lowly and compassionate towards all. While in this
world, where there is So much corruption in our hearts, quarrels
will sometimes arise. But it is our duty to forgive one another,
imitating the forgiveness through which we are saved. Let the
peace of God rule in your hearts; it is of his working in all
who are his. Thanksgiving to God, Helps to make us agreeable to
all men. The Gospel is the Word of Christ. Many have the Word,
but it dwells in them poorly; it has No power over them. The
soul prospers, when we are full of the Scriptures and of the
Grace of Christ. But when we sing Psalms, we must be affected
with what we sing. Whatever we are employed about, let us do
every thing in the name of the Lord Jesus, and in believing
dependence On him. Those who do all in Christ's name, will never
want matter of thanksgiving to God, even the Father.

18-25 The Epistles most taken up in displaying the Glory of the
Divine Grace, and magnifying the Lord Jesus, are the most
particular in pressing the duties of the Christian Life. We must
never separate the privileges and duties of the Gospel.
Submission is the duty of wives. But it is submission, not to a
severe Lord or stern tyrant, but to her own Husband, who is
engaged to affectionate duty. And husbands must Love their wives
with tender and Faithful Affection. Dutiful children are the
most likely to prosper. And parents must be tender, as Well as
children obedient. Servants are to do their duty, and obey their
masters' commands, in all things consistent with duty to God
their heavenly Master. They must be both just and diligent;
without selfish designs, or hypocrisy and disguise. Those who
fear God, will be just and Faithful when from under their
master's Eye, because they know they are under the Eye of God.
And do all with diligence, not idly and slothfully; cheerfully,
not discontented at the Providence of God which Put them in that
relation. And for servants' encouragement, let them know, that
in serving their masters according to the command of Christ,
they serve Christ, and he will give them a glorious reward at
last. But, On the other Hand, he who doeth wrong, shall receive
for the wrong which he hath done. God will punish the unjust, as
Well as reward the Faithful servant; and the same if masters
wrong their servants. For the righteous Judge of the Earth will
Deal justly between master and servant. Both will stand upon a
level at his tribunal. How happy would true religion make the
world, if it every where prevailed, influenced every state of
things, and every relation of Life! But the profession of those
persons who are regardless of duties, and give just cause for
complaint to those they are connected with, deceives themselves,
as Well as brings reproach On the Gospel.

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