Disciple Up # 164
Colossians: The Supremacy of Christ
Pt. 7(8): Put on the Garments of Grace, Col. 3:12-17
By Louie Marsh, 6-17-2020
Intro: Today we continue our look at Paul’s Putting off and on metaphor and focus on the positive side of it. We’ve already seen we must put off the old man, now our focus must change.
Where you can find past episodes on Colossians: 134, 135, 137, 142, 146, 152, 160, 164. Please note my numbering of my Colossians are off by one – this should be Part 8!
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- I) THE CLOTHING OF CHRIST (vs. 12-14)
12 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. Colossians 3:12-14 (ESV)
- A) Chosen People Choose Compassion (vs. 12)
1, “God’s chosen ones” = used of Israel in OT, now it’s us – dearly loved by God!
2, Because this is true we – as a Body – must put on these things.
a, Compassion leads to kindness, humility leads to gentleness & patience.
b, Compassion = “bowels of compassion” literally “inwards parts” used of seat of emotions. That’s heart to us, but bowels to eastern people
3, We know that we CAN be and act this way, because the Lord tells us here being this way is A CHOICE!
- B) Applying These in the Church (vs. 13)
1, There may have been hard feelings in Colossian church over fight with false teachers, may have felt bitter about growing churches in neighboring towns.
a, How do we handle these problems in the church?
2, Paul says to first of all bear with one another.
a, Literally that means “to put up with”
3, We must also forgive each other, even if the other isn’t worthy of it!
a, forgive = “give freely or graciously as a favor” give being Charis in Greek – GRACE!
b, Literal translation could read “forgive yourselves.” When we fail to forgive other believers we fail to forgive ourselves because WE ARE ONE IN CHRIST!
c, It’s written in the present tense – showing a continual, tireless effort must be made. Matt. 18: 21-35
21 Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” 22 Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times. 23 “Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants. 24 When he began to settle, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. 25 And since he could not pay, his master ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made. 26 So the servant fell on his knees, imploring him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ 27 And out of pity for him, the master of that servant released him and forgave him the debt. 28 But when that same servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii, and seizing him, he began to choke him, saying, ‘Pay what you owe.’ 29 So his fellow servant fell down and pleaded with him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ 30 He refused and went and put him in prison until he should pay the debt. 31 When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their master all that had taken place. 32 Then his master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. 33 And should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’ 34 And in anger his master delivered him to the jailers, until he should pay all his debt. 35 So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.” Matthew 18:21-35 (ESV)
4, We must forgive this way, because this is the way God forgave us. The finished work of Christ is the basis for our treatment of each other.
- C) Love – Superglue! (vs. 14)
1, Clothing metaphor is back. We are to wear love “above all” which may mean “on top of all.”
a, Love, Agape, is more than just another virtue, it’s what holds them together and makes them come alive. Without love they are nothing (I Cor. 13)
2, “Binds them all together in perfect unity.” What does this mean?
a, Perfect as we’ve discussed before means complete, mature, something that has completed it’s purpose. Love is what brings us together and makes us into a mature Body of believers.
3, This word was used in early Christian lit. to distinguish the baptized believer from someone still being taught.
4, The Gnostics – a heresy – used it to denote the man who has passed from mere faith to knowledge.
a, Preachers who harp on “I know that I know that I know!” are dangerously close to the gnostic heresy!
- II) PEACE IN THE BODY (vs. 15-17)
15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:15-17 (ESV)
- A) Peace that Rules (vs 15)
1, This applies to both individuals and churches
2, Peace = referred to umpires who presided over and presented prizes at games, normally used in the sense of judge, decide, control or rule.
3, The Peace of Christ should rule and decide what is and isn’t right behavior in our lives and our churches. I should obey when it tells me something I’m about to say or do isn’t right.
- B) Be Thankful (vs. 15)
1, “Within the Pauline letters the word-group regularly denotes gratitude that finds outwards expression in thanksgiving; there is an emphasis in Paul on the public aspect of thanksgiving.”
2, Why aren’t we more thankful?
a, Could it be because Christ isn’t as real part of our everyday lives as I’d like Him to be?
- C) Peaceful Ministry (vs. 16)
1, The Word of Christ
a, more than the Bible – although that’s part of it
b, it’s the gospel message which centers on Christ, it’s everything about Him, it’s His special presence with us!
2, Dwell in us
a, dwell is to become a permanent part of your thoughts and feelings
b, it also means Christ is to be allowed to dwell in each church Body.
a, We must let the full effects of Christ’s Grace overflow us.
b, We must let Christ truly be Head of this church.
4, We are to teach and admonish one another – music is a way of ministry as surely as teaching and preaching.
1, We are to do this wisely – ie. under the influence of the indwelling Word of Christ and the at the direction of the Peace of Christ.
III) DO ALL IN THE NAME OF JESUS (vs. 17)
17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17 (ESV)
- A) Whatever
1, This command isn’t limited to church or “spiritual” things.
a, it deals with both speech and actions
b, it deals with our entire life!
c, FOR THE CHRISTIAN THERE IS NO ESCAPE FROM IT!!!
- B) The Name of the Lord Jesus
1, This refers to His authority.
a, A Christian shouldn’t steal because you can’t do that with Christ’s o.k.
b, To act in the Name of someone means to act on their behalf – with their permission!
c, So this brings us back to verse 14, acting in the Name of Jesus is acting in Agape – God’s Love.
2, It also refers to Salvation
a, Acts 4: 8-13.
8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders, 9 if we are being examined today concerning a good deed done to a crippled man, by what means this man has been healed, 10 let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead—by him this man is standing before you well. 11 This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. 12 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” 13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus. Acts 4:8-13 (ESV)
b, “The whole content of salvation revealed in Jesus is comprised in his name.”
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