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BC Weekly Digest
Monday, January 26 1998

In this issue:

	Colossians 3:5
	Colossians 3:6,7
	Colossians 3:1-4
	Colossians 3:8

Colossians 3:5

Colossians 3:5 (OPV)
5 Put to death therefore the parts of you that are on the 
earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, 
and covetousness, which is idolatry. 
3:5 "Put to death"
  Although we "died" to the world when we became 
Christians, conscious effort will be required to 
eradicate worldly things from lives.
3:5 "The parts of you"
  The reason it is difficult to get rid of sinful 
thoughts, desires and practices is that they indeed 
become a 'part' of us, something that 'lives' within us 
and must be 'put to death!' Notice that there is no 
compromise here.
3:5 "That are on the earth"
  Since our citizenship is in heaven (Phil 3:20) we may 
not continue with one foot on earth (maybe even both 
feet). We may not allow our souls to be weighted down, 
possibly even brought back down to earth, by allowing 
sin to live within us. As the Hebrew Christians were 
admonished: "Therefore let us also, seeing we are 
compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, lay 
aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily 
beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is 
set before us" (Heb 12:1 ASV). 
3:5 "Fornication"
  This word designates sexual immorality in the broadest 
sense and includes sexual relations before and outside of 
marriage, homosexual practices, and all other forms of 
sexual perversion.
3.5 "Uncleanness"
  Jesus said the scribes and Pharisees were like tombs, 
inwardly full of dead men's bones and of all uncleanness,
which He explained as being full of hypocrisy and 
iniquity (Matt 23:27,28). In Romans 1:24 Paul uses this 
word in connection with homosexual practices. In Romans 
6:19 he says that they who practice lawlessness enslave 
their members (same word as 'parts' above) to 
uncleanness. In 2 Corinthians 12:21 uncleanness is 
something that is 'practised' along with fornication and 
lasciviousness. The "works of the flesh" mentioned in 
Galatians 5:19-21 include uncleanness, fornication and 
idolatry, found in this list. Uncleanness is associated 
with lasciviousness and greediness in Ephesians 4:19. 
See also Ephesians 5:3; 2 Thessalonians 2:3 and 4:7.
3:5 "Passion, evil desire"
  The strong sexual desires most men and women have, are
God-given. They are intended to be a source of enjoyment 
within the protective bounds of morality. "Live joyfully 
with the wife whom thou lovest all the days of thy life 
of vanity, which he hath given thee under the sun, all 
thy days of vanity: for that is thy portion in life, and 
in thy labor wherein thou laborest under the sun" 
(Ecclesiastes 9:9 ASV). "[Let] marriage [be] had in honor 
among all, and [let] the bed [be] undefiled: for 
fornicators and adulterers God will judge" (Heb 13:4 ASV).
  The word passion in this context refers to these
desires when they are allowed to run wild and to get 
out of control. There are good desires and there are
evil desires. We are to put to death our evil desires.
3:5 "Covetousness, which is idolatry"
  Covetousness is an excessive and improper desire for 
the possessions of another, often accompanied by 
resentment and distress. Contentment is the opposite 
characteristic. Paul could say: "I have learned, in 
whatsoever state I am, therein to be content" 
(Phil 4:11 ASV). As he told Timothy: "But godliness with 
contentment is great gain: for we brought nothing 
into the world, for neither can we carry anything 
out; but having food and covering we shall be 
therewith content" (1 Tim 6:6-8 ASV). This contentment 
is based on a confidence that God will take care of
us: "Be ye free from the love of money; content with 
such things as ye have: for himself hath said, I will 
in no wise fail thee, neither will I in any wise 
forsake thee" (Heb 13:5 ASV).
  Paul observes that to covet the things of this world 
is actually a form of idolatry, the worship of 
something other than God.
Roy Davison


Colossians 3:6,7

Colossians 3:6,7 (OPV)
6 The wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience 
because of such things,  
7 in which you also once walked, when you lived therein. 
3:6 "The wrath of God"
  To fully appreciate grace we must also understand the 
wrath of God. Many people like to emphasize John 3:16, and 
it is a beautiful passage indeed, but John 3:36 is often 
neglected: "He that believeth on the Son hath eternal life; 
but he that obeyeth not the Son shall not see life, but 
the wrath of God abideth on him." Because of our sins we 
are under the wrath of God and we will REMAIN so unless 
we have an OBEDIENT faith. Faith without works is dead 
(James 2:26).
3:6 "The sons of disobedience"
  Once again we find similar thoughts expressed by Paul 
in his letter to the Ephesians: "For this ye know of a 
surety, that no fornicator, nor unclean person, nor 
covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in 
the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no man deceive you with 
empty words: for because of these things cometh the wrath 
of God upon the sons of disobedience" (Eph 5:5,6 ASV). 
3:7 "In which you also once walked"
  One of the most difficult things to do, is to change 
people, especially for the better! Down through the ages 
the gospel of Jesus Christ has demonstrated time and time 
again its remarkable power to transform lives. As Paul 
wrote to the Corinthians: "Or know ye not that the 
unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? 
Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor 
adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with 
men, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor 
revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of 
God. And such were some of you: but ye were washed, but ye 
were sanctified, but ye were justified in the name of the 
Lord Jesus Christ, and in the Spirit of our God" 
(1 Cor 6:9-11 ASV). 
Roy Davison


Colossians 3:1-4

 Those who have died to earthly things and have been
 raised with Christ seek treasures that no longer belong
 to this world, but set their hearts on their heavenly
citizenship and the richess stored there.
 It is the enemies of the cross who are attached to earthly
things (mammon). 
 We instead aspire to be like Christ and to be with Him,
there where He is. 
Compare Matthew 6:19-24; Philippians 3:18-21 and
1 John 3:2,3.
J.Lee Roberts


Colossians 3:8

Colossians 3:8 (OPV)
8 But now you also put away all these things: anger, wrath,
malice, blasphemy, and shameful speaking from your mouth.
  Paul lists some things we are to remove from our lives 
because we have died with Christ to live for God.
3:8 "Anger, wrath"
  These two words are often used together and the Greek 
words are so close in meaning that each word can sometimes 
be translated either 'anger' or 'wrath' depending on the 
context. Both words are also used in an 'acceptable' sense 
and in an 'unacceptable' sense. In this passage they are 
of course used with the 'unacceptable' meaning.
  The first word [ORGEE] is used for the 'wrath of God' 
(John 3:36; Rom 1:18; Eph 5:6; Col 3:6; Heb 3:11; 4:3; 
Rev 19:15), the coming wrath of judgment (Matt 3:7; 
Luke 3:7; 21:23; Rom 2:5,8; 3:5; 4:15; 5:9; 9:22; 12:19; 
Eph 2:3; 1 Thes 1:10; 5:9; Rev 6:16,17; 11:18; 14:10; 
16:19) and God's wrath exercised via human governments 
(Rom 13:4,5). 
  Jesus had anger in the 'acceptable' sense (Mark 3:5).    
  When men pray they are to lift up holy hands "without 
anger" (2 Tim 2:8) and James gives this warning: "But let 
every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: 
for the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of 
God" (James 1:19,20 ASV). 
  Both words are found in the 'unacceptable' sense in 
Eph 4:31. "Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and 
clamor, and railing, be put away from you, with all 
malice" (ASV).
  The second word [THYMOS] is also used for the fury or 
wrath of God in Judgment (Rom 2:8; Rev 14:10,19; 15:1,7; 
16:1,19; 19:15).
  Moses did not fear the 'anger of the king' when he 
fled from Egypt (Heb 11:27).
  On certain occasions the preaching of Christ and His 
apostles is rejected with fury (Luke 4:28; Acts 19:28).
  Paul was afraid that he might find 'anger' among the 
Corinthians when he came if they did not repent (2 Cor 
12:20). 'Anger' is one of the works of the flesh (Gal 
  This word is used of the 'great anger' of the devil 
(Rev 12:12) and in certain contexts it can mean 
'passion' (Rev 14:8; 18:3).
3:8 "Malice"
  Malice is the intent of causing harm to others.
3:8 "Blasphemy"
  The word in the original can refer both to blasphemy 
of God and slander of others.
3:8 "Shameful speaking from your mouth"
  "Shameful speaking" is from one word in Greek that 
refers to indecent speech of any kind including abusive 
and obscene language. This is one of several words in 
Colossians that appear only once in the New Testament.
Roy Davison