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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.). Dictionary.com Unabridged. Retrieved March 17, 2015, from Dictionary.com website: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/amenable

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 Dictionary.com)

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.

20 February 2015

Colossians 2:1-5 Study

Chapter 2:1-5


 

A1 Scripture

B1 For I want you to know how great a struggle I have concerning you and those in Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh, that their hearts may be comforted, being joined together in love, and to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to a full knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Now this I say so that no one will deceive you with arguments that sound reasonable. For though indeed I am absent in the flesh, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your orderliness and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ. (Colossians 2:1-5, EMTV)

B2 Let me tell you how hard I have worked for you and for the people in Laodicea and for all others who do not know me personally. I do this in order that they may be filled with courage and may be drawn together in love, and so have the full wealth of assurance which true understanding brings. In this way they will know God's secret, which is Christ himself. He is the key that opens all the hidden treasures of God's wisdom and knowledge. I tell you, then, do not let anyone deceive you with false arguments, no matter how good they seem to be. For even though I am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit, and I am glad as I see the resolute firmness with which you stand together in your faith in Christ. (Colossians 2:1-5, GNB92)


 

A2 Outline: Encouragement to not leave the faith

B1 His Burden Colossians 2:1-3

C1 Paul's struggle

D1 For Colossians

D2 For Laodiceans

D3 For all those who have not seen Paul face to face.

C2 For their hearts

D1 Hearts comforted

D2 Loving fellowship

D3 Full assurance

D4 Compete knowledge of the mystery of God

E1 Father

E2 Son (Christ)

F1 Who has all the wisdom possible to have

F2 Who has all the knowledge possible to have

B2 His Purpose (So no one will deceive you) Colossians 2:4

C1 With great sounding, but false, arguments

B3 His Comfort Colossians 2:5

C1 Paul is not there

C2 But he

D1 Thinks about them

D2 Rejoices in their

E1 Orderliness

E2 Steadfast faith in Christ


 

A3 Notes

B1 The "new" teachers trying to win over the Colossians tried to minimize the uniqueness of Jesus, the Son of God.

B2 Paul was concerned/worried/in struggle for them that their faith would hold true.

B3 Paul was concerned that this "new" teaching was unsettling their hearts.

B4 Paul wanted to comfort them that the doctrine they had been taught was correct.

B5 Paul wanted their fellowship with one another to be in love, not worry.

B6 Paul wanted their assurance of faith that they were correct in what they had believed about Jesus Christ.

B7 Paul assured them that these "new" teachers did not have a hidden knowledge about Jesus. Paul said that what they had been taught by Paul and his companions was full and open, not hidden.

B8 Paul taught them that Jesus had all knowledge and wisdom. Jesus was not a stepping stone to higher powers and limited in knowledge and wisdom, instead Jesus had as much as could possibly be known. He had the same knowledge and wisdom as the Father.

B9 Paul was afraid that these "new" teachers would have seemingly sound and complete logic in their presentations and teaching. They evidently were excellent teachers with a charismatic presentation. Paul wanted those of Colossae and Laodicea to be aware that even if the false teachers arguments sounded plausible, they were not. They were false. We are well must adhere to the truth as is it taught in Scriptures. There are no hidden arguments. Our doctrine, our beliefs, are plain to be seen. When a teacher starts stringing together a bunch of passages to "show" us how a certain word must be understood differently that what it would seem, we must reject that teacher and their teaching. Certain Calvinists corrupt the word "world" in John 3:16, etc.

B10 Paul rejoices to see their lives and fellowship to be orderly and their faith steadfast in Christ.