Colossians 3:12-17
Living as Gods Chosen ones, holy and beloved
Published June 27th, 2020
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Main point summary
Colossians 3:12-17
Main point summary
In Christ Jesus, we are now God's chosen ones, holy and beloved because Christ is all and in all with no difference in our status or race. How should we live then as God's chosen people? Pauls answers this in three blocks one building on the other: what to put on, what should rule/dwell in us, and how we should act. The first is, as Gods chosen ones, holy and beloved we should put on His character revealed for us in Christ that get expressed in our relationships with our brothers and sisters which lead us to bear one another, and furthermore forgiving one another, and not stopping there putting love for unity. This unity the Lord has called us has a purpose, which is the peace of Christ ruling in our hearts. And not stopping there, His word should dwell in us also so that we as a united body are able to teach and admonish one another with the means of songs, hymns, and psalms. Now, since to list everything is inexhaustible the two blocks are finalized with the last block that gives a summary in how we should act in our words or deeds irrespective of the condition: all should be done in the name of the Lord Jesus while giving thanks to God through him.
Colossians 3:12-17
Colossians 3:12-17
So, as those who have been a chosen of God, holy and beloved,
[Put on] then, as e God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved,
Following Ephesians 5 construction, the rest will be how we leave as Gods chosen ones, holy and beloved
b put on a c heart of compassion, kindness, d humility, gentleness and 1 e patience;
f [Put on] compassionate hearts, g kindness, h humility, meekness, and patience,
a bearing with one another,
h bearing with one another
and b forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone;
and, i if one has a complaint against another, g forgiving each other;
NET Note: The two participles “bearing” (ἀνεχόμενοι, anecomenoi) and “forgiving” (χαριζόμενοι) express the means by which the action of the finite verb “clothe yourselves” is to be carried out.
b just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.
g as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.
Beyond all these things put on love,
And above all these put on j love,
which is 1 a the perfect bond of b unity.
which k binds everything together in l perfect harmony.
Let a the peace of Christ 1 rule in your hearts,
And let m the peace of Christ rule in your hearts,
to which [ref: the peace] 2 indeed you were called in b one body;
to which [ref: the peace] indeed you were called n in one body.
and 3 be thankful.
And o be thankful.
Let a the word of 1 Christ richly dwell within you,
Let p the word of Christ dwell in you richly,
2 with all wisdom b teaching and admonishing 3 one another
teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom,
c with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,
q singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,
In Ephesians 5:19, Psalms and hymns and spiritual songs are ways to address one another.
d singing 4 with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
r with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
I followed the NASB for this following the Ephesians 5:19
a Whatever you do in word or deed,
And s whatever you do, in word or deed,
do all in the name of the Lord Jesus,
do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus,
b giving thanks through Him to God the Father.
t giving thanks to God the Father through him.
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