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21 October 2020

A Few Thoughts About Colossians 2:2-3


Colossians 2:2-3 WEL That their hearts may be comforted by being knit together in love and into the all the riches of the full assurance of understanding, into the full knowledge of the mystery of the God, even of Father and of the Christ 3 In whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.


B1 Assurance

C1 The Greek word is πληροφορία plērophoría.

C2 It means full assurance and confidence.

C3 Two examples of the same word

D1 Hebrews 10:22 ISV let us continue to come near with sincere hearts in the full assurance that faith provides, because our hearts have been sprinkled clean from a guilty conscience, and our bodies have been washed with pure water.

D2 1 Thessalonians 1:5 NLT For when we brought you the Good News, it was not only with words but also with power, for the Holy Spirit gave you full assurance that what we said was true. And you know of our concern for you from the way we lived when we were with you.

C3 Example

D1 We have faith that Jesus is the Messiah. This is most reasonable.

D2 We have faith, we believe, that Jesus will return for us. This is most reasonable.

D3 We have hope that this will happenmaybe, even today. This is reasonable.

D4 We have assurance from the character, teaching, and life of Jesus.

E1 That what He told us is the truth (authenticated by the miracles He did in His earthly ministry).

E2 That His promises are true.

E3 This is the solid ground we can stand on. It is the proof (most reasonably so) of what He taught. We can rest. We can have peace. We have the full assurance of understanding. It is not hidden. It is revealed.

B2 Understanding

C1 The Greek word is σύνεσις sýnesis.

C2 It means full understanding, that is, not just the facts but whythe principles of why the facts work a certain way. It is usually used as spiritual insight. See Mounce here and Mounce's Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words, Copyright © 2006 by William D. Mounce.

C3 Two example of the same word.

D1 Luke 2:47 EMTV And those who heard Him were astonished at His understanding and His answers.

D2 2 Timothy 2:7 GNB Think about what I am saying, because the Lord will enable you to understand it all.

C4 Paul wants them to have a solid faith based on truth and the revealed teaching about Jesus and what Jesus taught in His ministry. It is not hidden. Compare: Luke 10:21 NLT At that same time Jesus was filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit, and he said, "O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, thank you for hiding these things from those who think themselves wise and clever, and for revealing them to the childlike. Yes, Father, it pleased you to do it this way.

B3 Full knowledge

C1 The Greek word is ἐπίγνωσις epígnōsis.

C2 It means precise and correct knowledge (Thayer), acquaintance, discernment, recognition (Abbott-Smith).

C3 Two examples of the same word.

D1 Philippians 1:9 LSV and this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in full knowledge, and all discernment. Robertson comments on this

May abound (περισσευηι — perisseuēi). Present active subjunctive of περισσευω — perisseuō may keep on overflowing, a perpetual flood of love, “yet more and more” (ετι μαλλον και μαλλον — eti mallon kai mallon), but with necessary limitations (river banks), “in knowledge” (εν επιγνωσει — en epignōsei in full knowledge) “and all discernment” (πασηι αιστησει — pāsēi aisthēsei). The delicate spiritual perception (αιστησις — aisthēsis old word from αιστανομαι — aisthanomai only here in N.T. as the verb only in Luke 9:45 in N.T.) can be cultivated as in αιστητηριον — aisthētērion (Hebrews 5:14)

D2 2 Timothy 3:7 ESV always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth.

C4 Paul wants them (and us) to have full knowledge about God, even the Father and the Son. This would be God’s character traits, worldview, lifestyle, plans, rules, etc. We can know.

B4 Mystery

C1 The Greek word is μυστήριον mystḗrion.

C2 It means things that are hidden as thoughts, plans, knowledge. For, the natural human cannot know these things about God without God initiating it. It is why Jesus came into the world.

C3 Two uses of the word:

D1 Matthew 13:11 NIV He replied, "Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them.

D2 1 Corinthians 2:6-9 NLT Yet when I am among mature believers, I do speak with words of wisdom, but not the kind of wisdom that belongs to this world or to the rulers of this world, who are soon forgotten. 7 No, the wisdom we speak of is the mystery of God--his plan that was previously hidden, even though he made it for our ultimate glory before the world began. 8 But the rulers of this world have not understood it; if they had, they would not have crucified our glorious Lord. 9 That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him."

B5 Wisdom

C1 The Greek word is σοφία sophía.

C2 It means σοφία (sophia), GK 5053 (S 4678), 51x. sophia is a word meaning “wisdom.” It denotes the capacity to not only understand something (Acts 7:22) but also to act accordingly (Col 1:9; 4:5). It is the latter that separates wisdom from knowledge. (Mounce)

C3 Two examples of its use.

D1 Natural human wisdom: Acts 7:22 NLT Moses was taught all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and he was powerful in both speech and action.

D2 Colossians 1:9 NLT So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding.

B6 Knowledge

C1 The Greek word is γνῶσις gnōsis.

C2 It means knowledge, that is, knowing facts.

C3 Two examples of the word.

D1 Only God has perfect knowledge. We can know if we study the Bible and ask Him. Romans 11:33 GNB How great are God's riches! How deep are his wisdom and knowledge! Who can explain his decisions? Who can understand his ways?

D2 Concerning Jesus: Philippians 3:8-9 GNB Not only those things; I reckon everything as complete loss for the sake of what is so much more valuable, the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have thrown everything away; I consider it all as mere garbage, so that I may gain Christ 9 and be completely united with him. I no longer have a righteousness of my own, the kind that is gained by obeying the Law. I now have the righteousness that is given through faith in Christ, the righteousness that comes from God and is based on faith.

B7 The difference between knowledge and wisdom is this. Knowledge is a list of the facts. Wisdom is how to use the facts to build, teach, live, etc. There is human wisdom, which will be destroyed, and God’s wisdom, which is eternal. God has complete and perfect knowledge (omniscience) and wisdom (omnisapience).

Some thoughts

B1 Paul fears that the Colossian believers will be swayed by the false views of the Gnostics and other esoteric teachers.

C1 Fears that they might be swayed by the false promises of secret wisdom that only their few teachers have.

C2 Fears that they might be swayed by the false promise, “Come and join us to learn the true wisdom that can only be learned by listening to our teachers.”

C3 What we need to learn is that there are still this type of teachers.

D1 “You cannot learn the true interpretation of Scripture unless you join us, listen to our teachers, and buy our books.”

D2 “You cannot learn by studying on your own.”

D3 “You must be passive, in the silence, bypassing your brain, seeking the presence of God who will give you true knowledge and guide. You cannot get this from a book [that is the Bible, what they term is the old manna], you have to listen to our teachers and get the fresh manna directly from God.”

B2 Paul teaches these believers and us that we CAN know the mystery of God, even of Father and the Messiah. It is not hidden. It is revealed. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 EMTV All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be proficient, having been thoroughly equipped for every good work.

B3 From Expositor's Bible Commentary (Abridged Edition): New Testament: This Christ is now described as the One "in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge." This statement contains two thoughts. (1) All the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are in Christ. The false teachers claimed to have, through their relation with a supposed hierarchy of supernatural beings, a higher knowledge than that possessed by ordinary believers. Against this, Paul argues that all wisdom and knowledge are in Christ and that their treasures are accessible to every believer. (2) The treasures of wisdom are in Christ in a hidden way. "Hidden" does not, however, mean that they are concealed but rather that they are laid up or stored away as a treasure.

We can have confidence of what we read and learn from the Scriptures in its plain, normal sense can lead us to live a richer Christian life having the worldview, lifestyle, and attitudes that please our Lord Jesus.

20 January 2020

1 Year Bible—Colossians


B1 Chapter 1
C1 Salutation Chapter 1:1-2
C2 Thankfulness For the Colossians Chapter 1:3-8
C3 Prayer For the Colossians Chapter 1:9-14
C4 The Greatness of Jesus Christ and His Work Chapter 1:15-23
C5 The Greatness of Jesus Christ and His Gospel Chapter 1:24-29
B2 Chapter 2
C1 Paul’s Concern So They Will Not Be Deceived Chapter 2:1-5
C2 Not To Be Deceived by Philosophy or Arguments Chapter 2:6-15
C3 Not To Be Deceived by Being Subject to The Law Chapter 2:16-23
B3 Chapter 3
C1 Some Sins To Not Do Chapter 3:1-11
C2 Some Rules To Live A Christian Life Regarding Other Believers Chapter 3:12-17
C3 Some Rules To Live A Christian Life Regarding the Family Chapter 3:18-4:1
B4 Chapter 4
C1 Some Rules To Live A Christian Life Regarding Prayer Chapter 4:2-4
C2 Some Rules To Live A Christian Life Regarding Nonbelievers Chapter 4:5-6
C3 Final Greetings and Personal Requests Chapter 4:7-18


B1 Chapter 1
C1 Salutation Chapter 1:1-2
C2 Thankfulness For the Colossians Chapter 1:3-8
D1 The first thing Paul does is thank God and tells them that he is praying for them.
D2 Are we thankful for our brothers and sisters? Are we praying for them? In 2018, it was reported:
E1 Over 245 million Christians living in places where they experience high levels of persecution
E2 4,305 Christians killed for their faith
E3 1,847 churches and other Christian buildings attacked.
E4 3,150 believers detained without trial, arrested, sentenced or imprisoned
D3 It is showing love for them and honor to God: 1 Thessalonians 4:9 NRSV Now concerning love of the brothers and sisters, you do not need to have anyone write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another.
C3 Prayer For the Colossians Chapter 1:9-14
D1 Filled with knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding…
D2 Propose: God expects these things in and from us.
E1 To live a Christian life
E2 To be fruitful
E3 To increase in the knowledge of God
E4 To be stronger in the faith
E5 To be steadfast
E6 To be longsuffering with joy
E7 To give thanks
E8 To be partakers of the inheritance
D3 Reason: God has redeemed and forgiven us. We should want to serve Him.
E1 The Father has rescued us from the power of darkness (satan’s control)
E2 The Father has transferred us into the His Son’s Kingdom
E3 We are redeemed through the Son (Jesus’s) blood
E4 We are forgiven, because Jesus suffered for our sins
C4 The Greatness of Jesus Christ and His Work Chapter 1:15-23
D1 Jesus is God. He is one person, yet He is 100% God of the same essence as God and He is 100% human of the same flesh as humans.
D2 Jesus is the head (authority) of the church.
D3 Jesus is the firstborn from the dead means that He is the first to have a permanent resurrection. The first to have the new glorified body.
D4 Jesus brought reconciliation. At one time were enemies of God, but no longer so because of Jesus.
D5 Jesus desires to present you holy, blameless, and above reproach in His sight.
D6 Our need to remain steadfast in the faith. Christianity’s doctrine does not change.
C5 The Greatness of Jesus Christ and His Gospel Chapter 1:24-29

B2 Chapter 2
C1 Paul’s Concern So They Will Not Be Deceived Chapter 2:1-5
D1 Paul is concerned they will be deceived.
D2 If we know the truth, the true Gospel, and true doctrine as taught in the Scriptures, we will be safe.
D3 False teachers use convincing arguments to deceive us and lead us astray. Beware!
D4 The solution? Know truth and Ephesians 5:6-7 GNB Do not let anyone deceive you with foolish words; it is because of these very things that God's anger will come upon those who do not obey him. 7 So have nothing at all to do with such people.
C2 Not To Be Deceived by Philosophy or Arguments Chapter 2:6-15
D1 One of the most common doctrines for false teachers to corrupt is the doctrine of the deity of Christ and the Gospel.
D2 2 Timothy 2:18 ISV They have abandoned the truth by claiming that the resurrection has already taken place, and so they destroy the faith of others.
D3 2 Timothy 4:3-4 GNB The time will come when people will not listen to sound doctrine, but will follow their own desires and will collect for themselves more and more teachers who will tell them what they are itching to hear. 4 They will turn away from listening to the truth and give their attention to legends.
C3 Not To Be Deceived by Being Subject to The Law Chapter 2:16-23
D1 Human rules and regulations do nothing to end sinful desires.
D2 They are only outward rules and do not affect the heart.

B3 Chapter 3
C1 Some Sins To Not Do Chapter 3:1-11
D1 Our greatest interest in life must be those of God and His kingdom.
E1 The Greek word for set you mind, think, etc. is φρονέω phronéō.
E2 It means the action of active thinking. It is
F1 People’s thinking affects their actions. If our thinking is the worldview of the unsaved, we will live that way. Romans 8:5 NIV Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. [Emphasis is mine and is the Greek word]
F2 Let us be careful that we do not think and act this way: Philippians 3:17-19 NLT Dear brothers and sisters, pattern your lives after mine, and learn from those who follow our example. 18 For I have told you often before, and I say it again with tears in my eyes, that there are many whose conduct shows they are really enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 They are headed for destruction. Their god is their appetite, they brag about shameful things, and they think only about this life here on earth.
D2 These are things we MUST NOT do:
E1 Sexual sins
E2 Sexual impurity (For something to be pure, it must meet a standard of purity. God’s standard is THE standard. Sex is good and pure as long as it meets God’s standard. Anything else in thoughts, desires, words, or deeds is not pure).
E3 Evil passion (There is passion that is not evil, but the Greek word here implies it is evil passion).
E4 Evil lust (there is a good lust, which is a desire, longing, wanting the things of God. Evil lust is a desire, longing, wanting of things that God hates).
E5 Covetousness, which is idolatry
E6 Anger (This is not just displeasure. This anger is a strong emotion. Anger is not sinful at times (Mark 3:5). There must an end to anger (Ephesians 4:26)).
E7 Wrath (This is slightly different than anger. This is boiling anger that distorts the face. The link takes you to the verses that use this word, and we can see the different situations it is used).
E8 Malice (This is an attitude causing trouble and to hurt verbally, physically, emotionally, etc.).
E9 Slander (This is to lie, to slur the character of someone, to suggest something about a person that is false, etc.). For example, 1 Samuel 24:9 NLT Then he shouted to Saul, "Why do you listen to the people who say I am trying to harm you?
E10 Foul, abusive speech (1 Peter 3:1 WEB For, “He who would love life, and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil, and his lips from speaking deceit).
E11 Lying (Any type of lying whether words, appearances, actions, etc.) A couple of articles (I can’t vouch for the websites) on the types of lies here ( White lies, Broken promises, Fabrication, Bold-face lie, Exaggeration, Deception, and Plagiarism) and here (Error, Omission, Restructuring, Denial, Minimization, Exaggeration, Fabrication).
C2 Some Rules To Live A Christian Life Regarding Other Believers Chapter 3:12-17
D1 These are things we MUST do.
E1 Compassion (Noticing others needs, listening, etc. We are to be compassionate, because God is compassionate 2 Corinthians 1:3)
E2 Kindness (Kindness is a fruit of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22). Jesus shows kindness in coming as our Messiah (Titus 3:4))
E3 Humble (This is not thinking we are great, the greatest, that everyone should listen to, etc. Compare Luke 17:10 and Matthew 11:29).
E4 Meekness (The opposite of meekness is arrogance).
E5 Longsuffering (This is patience, endurance, waiting in hope).
E6 Putting up with (This is slightly different than longsuffering. This word has the idea of holding back, self-control, not reacting sinfully).
E7 Forgiving (We are not to seek revenge. We turn that over to God. We are not to remind them of there failures. If a crime is committed, however, we must notify law enforcement and let them take care of it. Not doing so would possibly endanger others).
E8 Love (It is a choice, not necessarily a passion. The actions of love are found in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a Love is very patient and kind; love is not envious; love doesn’t brag about itself, is not haughty, 5 Doesn’t behave improperly, is not self-seeking; love isn’t easily aggravated, doesn’t keep a list of wrongs, 6 Doesn’t rejoice in injustice, but rejoices in the truth, 7 Bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, calmly endures all things. 8 Love never ends).
E9 Let God’s peace rule in our hearts (Bridgeway Bible Dictionary has this note:
That peace does not mean that they will have a trouble-free life. Rather it means that they now enjoy a state of spiritual wholeness and well-being that gives them strength and calmness even in the midst of suffering and trials (John 14:27; John 16:33; Galatians 5:22; Colossians 3:15; Philippians 4:7).
E10 Be thankful (this is recognition of someone’s help, deed, words, etc. Philemon 1:7 NLT Your love has given me much joy and comfort, my brother, for your kindness has often refreshed the hearts of God's people).
E11 Christ’s word (This means what Christ taught and what is taught about Him. We are to study and know the meaning increasingly over our lifetime).
E12 Teaching (All of us are teachers. We are a family and need each other).
E13 Admonishing (This is warning each other. I may be doing something foolish or stupid, but you have done that before and know it will harm me, so you warn me).
E14 Everything we do or say must glorify the Lord Jesus
C3 Some Rules To Live A Christian Life Regarding the Family Chapter 3:18-4:1
D1 We are to love each other. Love is a choice and the actions of love are in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a.
D2 We not to be pushy and demanding. We are to listen to each other, help each other, give guidance to each other, etc.
D3 We are not to show favoritism.
E1 Romans 2:11 CSB For there is no favoritism with God.
E2 1 Timothy 5:21 CSB I solemnly charge you before God and Christ Jesus and the elect angels to observe these things without prejudice, doing nothing out of favoritism.

B4 Chapter 4
C1 Some Rules To Live A Christian Life Regarding Prayer Chapter 4:2-4
D1 We are to pray with thanksgiving.
D2 We are not to quit praying.
D3 Prayer is simply talking to God. It is not some formula for success or manipulation of God.
C2 Some Rules To Live A Christian Life Regarding Nonbelievers Chapter 4:5-6
D1 Our lives are to be a daily walk in wisdom. James 3:17 NASB But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy.
D2 Our daily lives must reflect who we really are. Our lives are to be a witness for God. May God help all of us.
D3 What we say should be truthful and measured. Our words should be done in wisdom, love, and holiness. Again, may God help us.
C3 Final Greetings and Personal Requests Chapter 4:7-18

26 March 2015

Colossians 4:2-6

Chapter 4:2-6 Conversation


Colossians 4:2-6


A1 Scripture

B1 Be devoted to prayer, keeping alert in it with thanksgiving; praying at the same time also for us, that God would open a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, because of which I am also in chains, that I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak. Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, redeeming the time. Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, to know how you ought to answer each one. (Colossians 4:2-6, EMTV)

B2 Be persistent in prayer, and keep alert as you pray, giving thanks to God. At the same time pray also for us, so that God will give us a good opportunity to preach his message about the secret of Christ. For that is why I am now in prison. Pray, then, that I may speak, as I should, in such a way as to make it clear. Be wise in the way you act toward those who are not believers, making good use of every opportunity you have. Your speech should always be pleasant and interesting, and you should know how to give the right answer to everyone. (Colossians 4:2-6, GNB92)

A2 Outline

B1 With God (Colossians 4:2-4)

B2 With nonbelievers (Colossians 4:5)

B3 With everyone (Colossians 4:6)

A3 Notes

B1 With God--Prayer

C1 Be devoted

C2 Be alert

C3 Be thankful

C4 For us to preach true Gospel

B2 With nonbelievers--witnessing

C1 Witnessing

D1 By word-preaching

D2 By life-godly

C2 With wisdom

D1 Don't talk too much

D2 Do be timely

C3 With grace

C4 With salt

B3 With everyone (giving a wise answer)

18 March 2015

Colossians 3:18-4:1

Colossians Chapter 3:18-4:1



A1 Scripture

B1 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives and do not be bitter toward them. Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing to the Lord. Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged. Bondservants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh, not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but in sincerity of heart, fearing God. And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ. But he who does wrong will be repaid for what he has done, and there is no partiality. Masters, give your bondservants what is just and fair, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven. (Colossians 3:18-4:1, NKJV)

B2 Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, for that is what you should do as Christians. Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them. Children, it is your Christian duty to obey your parents always, for that is what pleases God. Parents, do not irritate your children, or they will become discouraged. Slaves, obey your human masters in all things, not only when they are watching you because you want to gain their approval; but do it with a sincere heart because of your reverence for the Lord. Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as though you were working for the Lord and not for people. Remember that the Lord will give you as a reward what he has kept for his people. For Christ is the real Master you serve. And all wrongdoers will be repaid for the wrong things they do, because God judges everyone by the same standard. Masters, be fair and just in the way you treat your slaves. Remember that you too have a Master in heaven. (Colossians 3:18-4:1, GNB92)




A2 Outline--God's rules for dealing with those who are close to us

B1 Wives

C1 Submit

C2 To own husbands

B2 Husbands

C1 Love your wives

C2 Do not be bitter with them

B3 Children

C1 Obey your parents

C2 In all things

B4 Fathers

C1 Do not provoke your children

C2 Lest they become discouraged

B5 Bondservants

C1 Obey your masters (human)

C2 In all things

C3 Not only while they watch you

C4 In sincerity of heart

C5 Fearing God

C6 Do everything

D1 Do the best of your ability and

D2 With a good attitude

C7 The promise

D1 The Lord will give

D2 The reward of service

C8 Jesus Christ is the ultimate boss whom we really serve

C9 The one who disobeys will also be rewarded.

C10 God shows no partiality.

B6 Masters

C1 Give what is fair

C2 Give what is just

C3 Remember you have your Master in heaven


A3 Notes

B1 These are part of the practical laws in the New Testament that we are required to do.

B2 Wives

C1 These are females (XX, not XY).

C2 The word is plural not because we are allowed to have more than one wife, but it is because Paul is writing to the whole church at Colossae.

B3 Submit (Colossians 3:18)

C1 Not as a slave with no rights.

C2 But a yielding to the higher authority.

C3 Someone has to have the last word.

C4 The word means "under another".

D1 Instead of pushing for superiority, dominance, bullying,

D2 Has the idea of willing to acknowledge the better opinion of another.

D3 The idea of amenable, docile, open (to another's opinion).

"ready or willing to answer, act, agree, or yield; open to influence, persuasion, or advice; agreeable; submissive; tractable:

an amenable servant."--amenable. (n.d.). Unabridged. Retrieved March 17, 2015, from website:

C5 This does NOT mean a woman is second rate. Consider

D1 Eve is called the "Mother of all living."

D2 Miriam is called a prophetess.

D3 Deborah is a judge in Israel.

D4 Mary, the mother of Jesus.

D5 The first Human witnesses of the resurrected Jesus were women.

D6 The deacon Phillip had daughters who were recognized as prophetesses.

C6 God has a very high opinion of women.

C7 It is to their own husbands, not just to any male.

C8 "As fitting to the Lord" has the idea of this is what we should do as Christians.

B4 Husbands

C1 The word husband in English has the idea of

D1 One of the house

D2 That lives in there, build, and cultivates

D3 So one who has the responsibility of overseeing the household for safety and stability.

C2 Are one with their wives (Matthew 19:5)

C3 God wants wives treated well. "Yet you say, "For what reason?" Because the LORD has been witness Between you and the wife of your youth, With whom you have dealt treacherously; Yet she is your companion And your wife by covenant. But did He not make them one, Having a remnant of the Spirit? And why one? He seeks godly offspring. Therefore take heed to your spirit, And let none deal treacherously with the wife of his youth. "For the LORD God of Israel says That He hates divorce, For it covers one's garment with violence," Says the LORD of hosts. "Therefore take heed to your spirit, That you do not deal treacherously." (Malachi 2:14-16, NKJV)

D1 The word treacherously means to be unfaithful.

D2 It also has the idea of breaking treaties, agreements, promises, etc.

D3 It even includes ideas as betrayal.

D4 God punishes such. "But the wicked will be cut off from the earth, And the unfaithful will be uprooted from it." (Proverbs 2:22, NKJV)

C4 To love our wives.

D1 Love here is agape.

D2 It is the love of choice and faithfulness.

D3 It is the love of 1 Corinthians 13

D4 It is not necessarily of words but definitely is of actions.

C5 Without bitterness (per definition at

D1 Distressful

D2 Causing pain

D3 Hostile

D4 Resentful or cynical

C6 Words and actions do hurt.

C7 Bitterness is not to be a Christian activity or attitude. "Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and blasphemy be removed from you, with all malice." (Ephesians 4:31, EMTV)

C8 Some things that make a marriage better.

D1 Listen to your wife. When she is talking, look at her.

D2 Respect her opinion.

D3 Do something nice for her like wash the dishes or vacuum the carpet.

C9 To praise your wife (genuine praise please) especially in public. "Her children show their appreciation, and her husband praises her." (Proverbs 31:28, GNB92)

B5 Children

C1 This would be children at home.

C2 Obey in all things.

D1 Positive aspect--It may save your life.

D2 Negative aspect--do not obey if it is criminal (that is, against God's law) or hurts someone.

D3 Learning to obey helps out in life situations as when the children get a job.

B6 Fathers

C1 Very important in the life of a child.

C2 Article

C3 Bible verses

D1 We are to pity, have compassion on, our children. "As a father shows compassion to his children, so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him." (Psalms 103:13, ESV2011)

D2 Teach children wisdom and right from wrong. "My son, hear the instruction of your father, And do not forsake the law of your mother." (Proverbs 1:8, NKJV)

D3 The teaching of restraint and self-control are vital. "Discipline your son, for there is hope; don't be a willing party to his death." (Proverbs 19:18, WEB)

D4 Live what we teach. "Children are fortunate if they have a father who is honest and does what is right." (Proverbs 20:7, GNB92)

B7 Parents

C1 Are not to make their children angry by

D1 Setting unrealistic goals. Demanding too much from them as in expecting a 5 year old to read at the 12th grade level or to have all "A's" in school.

D2 Abuse them in any way.

D3 Let them run wild without learning any self-control.

D4 Lying to them.

D5 Lying about them.

D6 Treat them like they are worthless.

D7 Be inconsistent. Have them obey one rule for one child and the other doesn't have to, or have all obey a rule for a while and then not obey for a while then return to obeying the rule.

D8 Criticize your spouse in front of the children.

D9 Never show love or kindness to your spouse, your children, or the pets.

D10 Never allow them to express their opinion.

D11 When your child asks you why they have to do something tell them, "Because I said so."

D12 Often when a child is hurt frequently (as in abuse or a lack of love), they become bitter. When bitterness goes on and on, they become angry. If the irritant (as abuse or lack of love) continue, it might be hate. If hate remains, it may lead to murder. Consider Absalom, King David's son.

D13 Always tell them what not to do, but never tell them the right way to do something.

D14 Criticize them frequently.

D15 Never listen to them.

D16 Break your promises to them.

D17 Falsely accuse them of something.

D18 Play favorites.

D19 Never praise a child for anything good they do. Always point out there faults and weaknesses.

D20 Never take an interest in what they are doing. For example, they may say to you, "Daddy, look at this pretty picture I drew for you." If your child is doing something special in school, never ask how they are doing, never show up when they do this special thing, never listen to them when they tell you what award or honor they have achieved.

D21 Tell them you hate them.

D22 Tell them they are in your way.

D23 Tell them you wish they were never born.

D24 Never be sympathetic or empathetic.

D25 Have your child be your therapist as in telling them all your worries, fears, sins, etc.

D26 Overprotect your child.

D27 Never let your child experience failure. Always cover up for their mistakes and blame someone else.

D28 Never let your child make a decision. Make all their decisions for them.

D29 Don't do anything with your child. Maybe you like fishing, so don't take them with you. Maybe they like fishing, so don't take them fishing.

D30 Yell at them a lot.

D31 Be arrogant.

D32 Tease them about their looks.

C2 Lest they become discouraged

D1 They want to give up for it seems impossible to please their parents.

D2 Often they, then, reject what the parents believe.

B8 Bondservants

C1 Servant

D1 Different words

E1 Strong's number G3610 refers to household servants. οἰκέτης

F1 These are those who work in the house.

F2 "Now when the angel who had been speaking to Cornelius had departed, he called two of his servants and a devout soldier from among those who waited on him continually." (Acts 10:7, EMTV) (Bold is the word for household servant--οἰκέτης (oiketēs).

E2 Strong's number G1401 refers to servants. δοῦλος

F1 The difference between servants and slaves.

G1 The word slave in English engenders the torture and treatment of the Old South and her plantations.

G2 The word servant in English gives the idea of being an employee serving another person.

G3 The word servant in Greek has the idea of dependence on a Lord.

G4 While some Greek servants were mistreated, it would be no different than modern workers who are mistreated by their employers.

G5 The "Greeks have a strong sense of freedom. Personal dignity consists of freedom. There is thus a violent aversion to bondage. Service may be rendered to the state, but by free choice. Slavery is scorned and rejected. This explains the fierceness with which the Greeks fought for political independence. The only slavery Plato will allow is to the laws. The laws, however, represent the goal of humanity, so that slavery to law is in no way derogatory. Aristotle shows a similar scorn for slavery; for him slaves have no part in the state or true service to it. The Stoics have a broader view of service. Zeus himself summons us to it, so that, while free in relation to all people, we are unconditionally bound to all. Yet the Stoic would never call himself the doúlos theoú; he moves through the world as basileús and despótēs, the very opposite of the doúlos. This is the characteristic of the wise. Those who are not wise are slaves, no matter what the form of their bondage (cf. Epictetus, Plutarch, and Philo)." Theological Dictionary of the New Testament, Abridged in One Volume, Kittel, Gerhard; Friedrich, Gerhard, 1985, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. Entry on the would doulos (G1401).

D2 If would seem unlikely that the Apostles who designate themselves as servants would consider themselves slaves as understood by modern English readers. "Simon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who have obtained a like precious faith with us in the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ." (2 Peter 1:1, WEB)

C2 Instructions for servants, employees, and other types of workers.

D1 Obey your masters (human)

D2 In all things

D3 Not only while they watch you

D4 In sincerity of heart

D5 Fearing God

D6 Do everything

E1 Do the best of your ability and

E2 With a good attitude

D7 The promise

E1 The Lord will give

E2 The reward of service

D8 Jesus Christ is the ultimate boss whom we really serve

D9 The one who disobeys will also be rewarded.

D10 God shows no partiality.

B9 Masters

C1 Give what is fair. This would be a proper wage, not just a wage required by law.

C2 Give what is just. This would be a honest pay check, not one based on fudged hours.

C3 Remember you have your Master in heaven. The Master in heaven, Jesus, will deal with you either now or later.