13 March 2015

Commentary: Colossians 3:12-17

Colossians 3:12-17 Relationship between believers


A1 Scripture

B1 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. 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. And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

(Colossians 3:12-17 NKJV)

B2 You are the people of God; he loved you and chose you for his own. So then, you must clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Be tolerant with one another and forgive one another whenever any of you has a complaint against someone else. You must forgive one another just as the Lord has forgiven you. And to all these qualities add love, which binds all things together in perfect unity. The peace that Christ gives is to guide you in the decisions you make; for it is to this peace that God has called you together in the one body. And be thankful. Christ's message in all its richness must live in your hearts. Teach and instruct one another with all wisdom. Sing psalms, hymns, and sacred songs; sing to God with thanksgiving in your hearts. Everything you do or say, then, should be done in the name of the Lord Jesus, as you give thanks through him to God the Father.

(Colossians 3:12-17 GNB)


A2 Outline

B1 Description of the saint (Colossians 3:12)

B2 Duties of the saint

C1 Put on

D1 Tender mercies

D2 Kindness

D3 Humility

D4 Meekness

D5 Longsuffering

D6 Forbearing (Colossians 3:13)

D7 Forgive

E1 God forgave us

E2 We should forgive others

D8 Love (Colossians 3:14)

C2 Let

D1 Peace of God rule (Colossians 3:15)

E1 Rule in the heart

E2 Realizing we are called in one body

E3 Really be thankful

D2 Word of Christ live (Colossians 3:16)

E1 In wisdom

E2 In teaching one another

E3 In admonishing one another

F1 In psalms

F2 In hymns

F3 In spiritual songs

G1 Singing with grace

G2 Sincerely to God

D3 Our word and action (Colossians 3:17)

E1 Done in the name of Jesus

E2 Done with giving thanks


A3 Notes

B1 Saint

C1 Defined

D1 Child of God.

D2 All born again Christians are saints.

C2 Described

D1 Holy

E1 Has to do with "dedicated to the gods."

E2 One which is dedicated to the God, Yahweh, would be of a certain character.

E3 Morally and spiritually blameless.

E4 Separated for God's service.

E5 Such a person (holy because of the work of God in their heart) is holy because of God's mercy and love. If there was no prevenient grace, there would be no saved and holy people.

D2 Beloved

E1 Because these obey the call, repented, and trusted into Jesus Christ.

E2 Christians are more loved by God because of this.

E3 John Wesley in his comment on Colossians 3:12 writes, "All who are thus renewed are elected of God, holy, and therefore the more beloved of him. Holiness is the consequence of their election, and God's superior love, of their holiness."

B2 Put on

C1 This is in contrast to the things that we are to put off (Colossians 3:8).

C2 The list presented here would be good for any society.

C3 The list presented here is rare in society as the human heart is evil.

C4 The list presented here is important because it reflects the character of God and His way of life.

C5 The list presented here is important for us today, because it is the way of life in the Kingdom of Heaven.

C6 The list

D1 Tender mercies

E1 Mercy is not receiving what we deserve.

E2 It is for those things which we possible can overlook. Some things cannot be overlooked as those things which might endanger our or others' lives and well-being as verbal abuse, physical abuse, elder abuse, neglect, financial abuse, etc.

E3 It is for those things when someone genuinely asks for forgiveness.

E4 It is what God does to us when we ask forgiveness.

D2 Kindness

E1 Kindness is a form of gentleness.

E2 It is being nice to someone.

E3 It is the opposite of rough treatment, words, thoughts, etc.

D3 Humility

E1 Humility is to think of ourselves honestly.

E2 It is to NOT think of ourselves as the greatest, best, most intelligent, etc.

E3 It is NOT to think of ourselves as pretending we are nothing.

E4 It is listening to another's opinion or thoughts, then weighing that information before making a decision.

D4 Meekness

E1 Meekness is not to push our rights (supposed and actual).

E2 It is NOT to put up with evil, so called tolerance, bullying, or manipulation.

E3 It is an attitude of not being pushy in relationships of any type.

D5 Longsuffering

E1 It is putting up with situations as a someone sickness and still treating them gently and kindly.

E2 It is not reacting when someone is venting.

E3 It is being patient.

E4 It is NOT being easily provoked.

E5 It is to get angry slowly rather than instantly being in rage.

E6 It is a form of love in action.

E7 It is NOT putting up with words and actions that are damaging emotionally, financially, physically, etc.

E8 It is accepting God's will if He allows suffering and persecution (as the Lord Jesus demonstrated in His trials).

D6 Forbearing (Colossians 3:13)

E1 Forbearing is a ceasing or pausing of action or reaction to people for a time.

E2 It is to back off something for a while.

D7 Forgive

E1 God forgave us

E2 We should forgive others

E3 Forgiveness is for humans to turn over all revenge, penalty, judgment to God to deal with. He may punish or convict. If one is convicted of their evil, then they can repent and ask God for forgiveness.

E4 Jesus paid the penalty for sin by suffering for our sins. When He forgives, it is pardon, because the penalty has been paid.

D8 Love (Colossians 3:14)

E1 Love is a choice, attitude, with or without emotion, passion, etc.

E2 Love is many things in action as seen in 1 Corinthians 13.

B3 Peace of God (Colossians 3:15)

C1 Peace is calmness, rest, freedom from physical, emotional, or spiritual discomfort.

C2 There are types of peace as peace in the world, peace with others, etc.

C3 There are types of false peace as suppressing them emotionally or in drugs and alcohol, etc.

C4 Peace of God is the peace that God gives. "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." (John 14:27, EMTV)

B4 In your hearts (Colossians 3:15)

C1 Our deepest place in our inner life.

C2 The source of motivation, attitude, desires, even evil.

C3 When God gives peace it is into our hearts.

C4 Therefore whatever we face in life can be handled because that peace, God's peace, is in our hearts, and He will be there also.

C5 To rule means to be the deciding factor, the umpire, for our competing feelings, emotions, etc.

B5 One body (Colossians 3:15) All Christians are one body, one group, one family, and comrades in life.

B6 Thankful (Colossians 3:15).

C1 Thankfulness is telling or showing someone appreciation for what they have done or said.

C2 We are to be thankful to God for many things especially His mercy and in meeting our daily needs.

C3 We are to be thankful to the brethren, to the church, to our neighbors, and to all we meet as much as is possible.

B7 Word of Christ (Colossians 3:16)

C1 Has the idea of the teachings that the Lord Jesus gave us.

C2 This would be the opposite of our dwelling of the teachings of the age.

B8 Richly--much, a lot of

B9 Wisdom, teaching, and admonishing

C1 The teachings of the Lord Jesus are to be abundant in our life.

C2 In wisdom--thinking God's way, so taking the teachings in their plain, normal sense and basing our decisions on them.

C3 In teaching--what we teach others.

C4 In admonishing--that is in encouraging others in their Christian walk.

D1 Three ways of doing the admonishing is through psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. "Teaching Through Music"

E1 Psalms--music set to a Psalm and sung.

E2 Hymns--teaching a doctrine.

It Should Have Been Me (with Ron Hurst)

© 1978 Dan Simmons Author: words & music: Dan Simmons

It was my sin that brought Him there and nailed Him to that tree...It was my pain that He would bear the stripes were meant for me... It was my guilt, my shameful blindness that brought Him to that place...Yet it was love, tender loving kindness that brought the fullness of God's grace


It was judgment and punishment that brought Him agony...I was condemned to die, bound up in chains 'til Jesus set me free...Crucified in shame, hanging there on a cross between two thieves...He showed me just how much He cared, the day that Jesus died for me


All the way up to Calvary, He walked there in my place...Every step up that mountain steep was a step of love and grace... As my Savior He died on that cruel and rugged tree... O, yes but it should have been me


From His heaven from His holy throne, He came to bear my hell...Of such love and grace and mercy shown no tongue could ever tell... And someday I'll stand before Him and I'll see Him face to face... I will worship and adore Him for the day He took my place


And all the way up to Calvary, He walked there in my place...Every step up that mountain steep was a step of love and grace... As my Savior He died on that cruel and rugged tree... O, yes but it should have been me


O, yes but it should have... it should have been me....O, yes but it should have been me


E4 Spiritual Songs--songs teaching encouragement, etc.

Hold Me Jesus--Ronnie Lee Hurst

Well, I've been trav'lin' down a long road

Through a dry and weary land



And I've been stumblin' on the way Lord

Over things I just don't understand

I've been wastin' precious moments

On this burnt out, selfish man

Help me Jesus, hold me Jesus in Your hand


And I've been walkin' through some hard times

That have cut me to the soul

And I've been searchin' for some answers

Though the questions, I don't know

I've been wondering through this desert

And all I feel is scorching sand

Help me Jesus...hold me Jesus in Your hand


Hold me Jesus...hold me Jesus

Lift me up Lord...help me stand

Lord I need us to walk together through this land

Help me Jesus...hold me Jesus in Your hand


Hold me Jesus...hold me Jesus

Lift me up Lord...help me stand

Lord I need us to walk together through this land

Help me Jesus...hold me Jesus in Your hand

Help me Jesus...hold me Jesus in Your hand

Help me Jesus...hold me Jesus ...

In Your hand

D2 Music can be used to teach doctrine and encouragement.

D3 Songs that lead us into a nearly trancelike experience are NOT doing this.

B10 Word and action (Colossians 3:17)

C1 Everything we do should be glorifying to God.

C2 Our words, thoughts, desires, and actions should show the world that we are Christians.

C3 "Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it shines on everything in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven." (Matthew 5:15-16, EMTV)

C4 What we do and how we do it is noticed by people.

D1 Negatively as hypocrites.

E1 ""Moreover, when you fast, do not become gloomy, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly I say to you, that they receive their reward in full." (Matthew 6:16, EMTV)

E2 "But all their works they do in order to be seen by men. They make their phylacteries broad and they enlarge the borders of their garments. They love the first couch at banquets, and the best seats in the synagogues," (Matthew 23:5-6, EMTV)

D2 Positively as being genuine

E1 "Now in Joppa there was a certain disciple named Tabitha, which, being translated, means Dorcas. This woman was full of good works and charitable giving which she was doing." (Acts 9:36, EMTV)

E2 "Then Jesus answered and said: "A certain man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and encountered bandits, who after having stripped him of his clothing and having wounded him, departed, leaving him half dead. Now by coincidence a certain priest was coming down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side. Likewise a Levite, arriving at the place, came and saw, and passed by on the opposite side. But a certain Samaritan, as he traveled, came by him; and when he saw him, he was moved with compassion. And coming to him, he bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and putting him on his own animal, he brought him to an inn, and took care of him. On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, and gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, 'Take care of him; and whatever you spend in addition, when I come back, I will repay you.' So which of these three does it seem to you proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the bandits?" And he said, "the one who showed mercy to him." Then Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise." (Luke 10:30-37, EMTV)


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