Colossians 4:1 A Master In Heaven

Colossians 4:1 (KJV)
Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven.

The founders of the United States said often that the Constitution and government they had created would only work for a Christian people. They knew that the nature of man could not be forced to do right but must choose it. They knew that the only motivation that could consistently lead men to choose right is faith in the God of the Bible. No other god leads men to such heights of self sacrifice. Most other gods, as they are described in their religious teachings, are themselves petty and immoral.

And so we see, in our text, one of the greatest motivators for being just with our fellow man; knowing, not merely believing but knowing, we all have a master in heaven.

 

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Colossians 3:3-4 Dead, But Alive

Colossians 3:3-4 (KJV)
For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.

We, who are Christians, are dead but we are alive.

We likely do not spend anywhere near enough time contemplating our spiritual death.

Romans 6:2
God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?[1]

Christ is here said to be our life.

  • He is the breath of it, the spoken Word that created all things.
  • He is the sustainer of it, the one by whom all things consist
  • He is the Saviour of it, the Redeemer of our sin
  • He is the director of it, the guide from darkness into light
  • He is the passion of it, the purpose for which we live
  • He is the hope of it, the blessed hope for which we long and with whom we will live eternally

[1] A good meditation on the whole of Romans chapter six would do well to complement this passage. It addresses in detail the implications of both our death with Christ and our life in Christ.

 

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Colossians 2:5 Stedfast in Faith and Order

Colossians 2:5 (KJV)
For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ.

Some students of the Bible believe that Paul did not plant the church in Colossi. They believe he led some key members of that church to the Lord while working in Ephesus and that they returned home to plant this church.

Consider then when Paul says he is absent in the flesh but present in the spirit. He does not mean he misses them personally. He means they are of the same spirit. When he says he beholds their order and their steadfastness in the faith he means that, though he has never witnessed it personally he knows exactly what it looks like because he has seen it in like churches in other places.

  • Order refers to their practice in the church.
  • Faith refers to the doctrines they preach.
  • Steadfastness speaks of their unwavering dedication to them both.

Some people complain about tradition. I, like Apostle Paul, rejoice in tradition. It is the steadfastness of our order and faith.

Fellowship stems from these. With like order and faith we may rejoice with congregations we will never see in the flesh but share with frequently in the spirit.

 

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Colossians 1:15-18 He Is…

Colossians 1:15-18 (KJV)
Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.

He is….

  • He is the image of the invisible God
  • He is the firstborn of every Creature
  • He is the creator of all things
  • He is before all things
  • He is the head of the body, the church
  • He is the beginning
  • He is preeminent

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Colossians 4:5-6 Seasoned Speech

Colossians 4:5-6 (KJV)
Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.
Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

The context of seasoned speech lies in relationship with those who are not believers, without the family of God, if you will. The Bible instructs us, in these relationships, to:

  • Walk in wisdom,
  • Redeem the time, and
  • Speak with grace

so that we know how to answer every man.

We ought to want to reach those who are not believers and lead them to believe. Faith is passed on. One believer gives their faith to another so they may believe. The process can be painstaking.

There are two principles that this passage teaches us to apply to our answers to every man:

First, our answers ought to be wise
In this case that means prepared in the sense of being studied and well thought out from the Scriptures. Too often our words come from a knee-jerk, preconceived position that can’t be defended biblically.

Second, our answers ought to be gracious
Romans 14 reminds us that every one of us will stand alone before God. Every one must have their own convictions. No one has the right to force their convictions upon another, and all of us must be careful to not let our personal convictions become a stumbling block for others.

 

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Colossians 3:1 Where Christ Sitteth

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

“Where Christ sitteth”

What an amazing thought!

Seek those things which are… where Christ sitteth.

  • God is there. Christ is at his right hand
  • Righteousness is there
  • The Spirit of God is there
  • Angels are there
  • Those who have gone before are there
  • Our mansions are there
  • Our promises are there
  • Our inheritance is there
  • The fulfillment of God’s plan for us is there

 

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Colossians 2:18 Beware the Beguiler

Colossians 2:18 (KJV)
Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,

There is a manner in which those who pretend to be people of faith intrude themselves into things of which they know nothing: Pharaoh’s magicians who, seeing Moses perform miracles, gave an imitation performance only to see their snakes devoured by Moses’ or the seven sons of Sceva who, seeing Paul cast out demons, attempted the same and were beaten by those very demons.

Such is the case of those who, seeing a demonstration of true faith, practice a form of the same in every imaginable way:

  • Some attempt a Christian-like practice
  • Some attempt a completely different practice of faith
  • Some try their hand at the faith of no faith

In the end, every intrusion into those things of which they have no knowledge, finishes the same way. It ends in destruction and doom.

These people are often clever and sacrificial. They frequently bring some degree of confusion to those who are new to honest Christian faith because they seem:

  • so confident,
  • so willing and
  • so similar to believers in many ways

The Bible warns us to beware of them. Trust God’s Word and that alone.

 

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Colossians 4:11 A New Name and Testimony

Colossians 4:11 (KJV)
And Jesus, which is called Justus, who are of the circumcision. These only are my fellowworkers unto the kingdom of God, which have been a comfort unto me.

It appears that the name Jesus was common among the Jews in that first century. It likely reflected the desire of the Jews. Their longing for millennia had been for the coming of the Saviour.

Then He came.

The promise of God was fulfilled. The longing, at least in those who had received Him, had been satisfied. The Saviour had come and those who knew Him had their sins forgiven and were made righteous, justified in God’s sight.

Many people changed their names in those days. For example Saul of Tarsus became Paul. This man named Jesus was called Justus and the change became an eternal testimony of the work Christ does.

In Christ our longing for salvation is satisfied and we are made just before God.

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Colossians 3:11 A Utopian Place

Colossians 3:11 (KJV)
Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.

I am thinking right now of a place. It is a wonderful place where all prejudices and problems that arise from differences of

  • Background,
  • Culture,
  • Class and
  • Education

just do not exist. Here is a place where the thing that is common among us is so overwhelming that the things that are different pale into oblivion.

This utopian place is not I any map. You’ll not be able to track it on a gps. It is not found in any physical location, but in the heart.

It is more than a mere change of mind as the humanist would like us to believe.

This place only exists in the one who is a new creation. The place doesn’t exist because of a new acceptance of these varying cultures and classes either.

The unity works because the focus is on only one person; the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Colossians 2:20 Are You?

Colossians 2:20 (KJV)
Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,

There are two “ifs” in the book of Colossians that every serious believer ought to take very careful consideration of:

  • “…if ye be dead with Christ…”
  • “If ye then be risen with Christ…”

Both of these phrases can be viewed as statements rather than questions. It would sound something like,  “Since ye …” The context, some would insist, requires that they are statements of fact. I prefer to think that, since the Bible uses the word “if” there is at least some level of doubt and a wise believer asks himself whether these are true of him.

Are you dead with Christ?
Paul said,
Galatians 2:20 (KJV)
I am crucified with Christ: …. (I will get to the rest of the verse in a moment).

There are numerous other references to the fact that the Christian is dead in Christ. It is a positional fact. My question is this; is it a practical truth in your life? Death implies a number of things about the one who has died. Are they true of you?

Are you risen with Christ?
Now we see the rest of,
Galatians 2:20 (KJV)
… nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

Can you say that this is your experience? Are you dead to your old self but alive to a new self? Has the death of Christ on the cross so smitten and slain you that you cannot ignore its reality? Are you drawn to the cross of Christ and to the consequences of it? And, having come to the cross, are you now compelled to make an about face in heart, mind and action?

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