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BC Weekly Digest
Monday, February 2 1998

In this issue:

	Colossians 3:9,10
	Colossians 3:10
	Colossians 3:12-14
	Colossians 3:11
	Colossians 3:12,13
	Colossians 3:14

Colossians 3:9,10

Colossians 3:9,10 (OPV)
9 Do not lie to one another, since you have taken off the 
old man with his doings,  
10 and have put on the new man, who is being renewed in 
knowledge according to the image of the One who creates 
3:9 "Do not lie to one another"
  The devil "is a liar, and the father thereof" (John 
8:44). The unclean and liars will not enter the heavenly 
city (Rev 21:27: 22:15).
  To lie is to give false information with the intention 
of deceiving. Not only are we to refrain from lying, we 
are also to speak the truth. Once again, the same idea 
is presented in Paul's letter to the Ephesians: But ye 
did not so learn Christ; if so be that ye heard him, and 
were taught in him, even as truth is in Jesus: that ye 
put away, as concerning your former manner of life, the 
old man, that waxeth corrupt after the lusts of deceit; 
and that ye be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and 
put on the new man, that after God hath been created in 
righteousness and holiness of truth. Wherefore, putting 
away falsehood, speak ye truth each one with his 
neighbor: for we are members one of another" (Ephesians 
4:20-25 ASV).
  Lying is always intentional. But it is also possible 
to say something that is NOT TRUE when you think it is.
The command to speak truth requires that we verify what 
we say to be sure that it is true before we say it.
3:10 "Have put on the new man"
  "Wherefore if any man is in Christ, [he is] a new 
creature: the old things are passed away; behold, they 
are become new" (2 Cor 5:17 ASV). "For neither is 
circumcision anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new 
creature" (Gal 6:15). 
  The story is told of a Communist who interrupted a 
preacher in London's Hyde Park. He shouted: "See that 
beggar there? Communism could put that old man in a new 
suit of clothes!" The preacher replied: "And Christ 
could put a new man in that old suit of clothes."  
3:10 "Is being renewed in knowledge"
  This is an on-going process. In Ephesians Paul used 
the phrase "renewed in the spirit of your mind" 
(Eph 4:23).
  Our renewal involves new knowledge and changing 
3:10 "According to the image of the One who creates 
  We are to become like Christ, not physically, but in 
knowledge and in thinking, in the spirit of our mind.
  In Chapter 1, verses 9 and 10, Paul prayed that the 
Colossians might be filled with the knowledge of God's 
will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, that 
they might increase in the knowledge of God.  
  In Chapter 2, verse 3, he says all the treasures of 
wisdom and knowledge are hidden in Christ. He is to be 
our source of knowledge and our pattern as we too are 
renewed in knowledge.
Roy Davison


Colossians 3:10

 Being born of the Spirit from above, the new man is 
changed into the likeness of his creator.This is the very 
object of all spiritual activity - that we should become more 
and more godlike. 
 Such a change only occurs as the Father reveals His divine 
characteristics to us through Christ..To know Jesus is to
know the Father, and knowing Him is eternal life  John 8:19;
17:3. This is why Paul considers knowing Christ so eternally
important  Philippians 3:7-11! 
 By that knowledge we become partakers of the divine nature
and are changed into His likeness  2 Peter 1:3-8; 
2 Corinthians 3:18. Knowing Him, we are to spread this 
knowledge everywhere  2 Corinthians 2:14,15.
J.Lee Roberts


Colossians 3:12-14

Colossians 3:12-14
 We can not approach our holy God clothed in the garments
of our own righteousness - pictured by the prophet as 'filthy 
rags' ( Isaiah 64:6). We must discard the practices of the 'old 
man' and "put on the Lord Jesus Christ"( Romans 13:14).
 The godlike qualities evidenced in the example of Christ are
to be our garments. This process begins with obedient faith
as we put Christ on in baptism ( Galatians 3:26,27). As we
'take off' old habits and practices, we are to adorn ourselves
in His clothing of righteousness as we grow in the grace and
knowledge of our divine model and example - Christ Jesus
(2 Peter 3:18).
 Escaping from the world's corruption and partaking of the 
divine nature, we grow in His likeness as we add His virtues
of godliness ( 2 Peter 1:4-9; Colossians 3:12-14).
J.Lee Roberts


Colossians 3:11

Colossians 3:11 (OPV)
11 Here there cannot be Greek and Jew, circumcision and 
uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, slave [and] freeman;
but Christ is all, and in all. 
3:11 "Greek and Jew"
  Because of ignorance, vanity and arrogance, each nation
tends to look down on people of other nations. The cross 
of Christ breaks down national barriers. Two people of 
whatever race or nation cannot kneel together at the cross
without accepting each other.
  "If there is therefore any exhortation in Christ, if 
any consolation of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, 
if any tender mercies and compassions, make full my joy, 
that ye be of the same mind, having the same love, being of
one accord, of one mind; [doing] nothing through faction or
through vainglory, but in lowliness of mind each counting 
the other better than himself" (Phil 2:1-3 ASV).
  "For I say, through the grace that was given me, to every
man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly
than he ought to think; but to think as to think soberly,
according as God hath dealt to each man a measure of 
faith" (Romans 12:3 ASV).
3:11 "Circumcision and uncircumcision"
  The Jewish Christians had trouble realizing that the New
Covenant, brought by the Messiah, superseded the Old. One 
of the biggest problems in the early church was the attempt
of Jewish false teachers to obligate Christians to keep the
Law of Moses, or certain parts of it.
  Paul plainly states that such differences based on the 
Old Law are of no significance among followers of Christ.
3:11 "Barbarian"
  This is someone who speaks a foreign language, often with
the connotation of being 'primitive'. The word can be used
without a negative connotation, such as in Acts 28:2,4
where it has been translated as 'foreigners' or 'natives'.
  The quality of one's faith does not depend on the level
of cultural attainment.
3:11 "Scythian"
  There was much prejudice against the Scythians, who lived
in what is now southern Russia, because of their reputation 
as savage and cruel warriors. As with all such stereotypes,
however, there were good and bad people among the Scythians
as is true of all nationalities.
3:11 "Slave [and] freeman"
  Even this tremendous difference is social standing is of
no meaning among Christians. "For he that was called in the
Lord being a bondservant, is the Lord's freedman: likewise
he that was called being free, is Christ's bondservant"
(1 Cor 7:22 ASV).
3:11 "Christ is all, and in all"
  Christ is our everything, and we are all in Him, so how
can such differences be of any importance?
Roy Davison


Colossians 3:12,13

Colossians 3:12,13 (OPV)
12 Put on therefore, as God's elect, holy and beloved, a 
heart of compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness [and] 
13 accepting one another, and forgiving each other, if 
anyone has a complaint against someone; just as the Lord 
forgave you, you do the same.
3:12 "God's elect"
  This widely misunderstood concept has been perverted by
some and neglected by others.
  God's elect (Rom 8:33; Col 3:12; Tit 1:1) are God's 
specially chosen people, His 'chosen ones'. They are also
called "His elect" (Matt 24:31; Mark 13:27; Luke 18:7) 
and simply "the elect" (Mat 24:24; Mark 13:22; 1 Peter 
1:1). Churches are referred to as being 'elect' (1 Peter
5:13; ? 2 John 1:1,13 - might refer to individuals).
Christ is the 'elect' (chosen) Cornerstone (1 Peter 2:6),
and angels are also called 'elect' (1 Tim 5:21).
  Before birth, Jacob was chosen as the promise bearer
rather than Esau "that the purpose of God according to 
election might stand, not of works, but of him that 
calleth" (Rom 9:11 ASV). This had to do with lineage. 
  Nothing in Scripture indicates, as is wrongly taught 
by some, that Jacob and Esau's eternal destiny was sealed
by God before their birth. Many bearers of the promise 
(such as the wicked kings in the lineage of David) will be
eternally lost because they were unfaithful to God.
  In the same way, "at this present time also there is a 
remnant according to the election of grace" (Rom 11:5,7).
God has 'chosen' as His people both Jews and Gentiles who
accept Jesus as the Christ. Even though the Jews who 
reject their Messiah are enemies of the gospel, they are 
still beloved "as touching the election" for the sake of 
their faithful forefathers (Rom 11:28,29). But their 
election as physical descendants of Jacob will not save 
them unless they also have the faith of Abraham. But the 
door of grace remains open to them if they will repent 
(Rom 11:23).
  Our election enables us to be saved. We could never be 
saved without the grace of God in Christ Jesus. But to 
our faith we must ADD virtue, knowledge, self-control, 
patience, godliness, brotherly kindness and love (2 Peter
1:5-7). "Wherefore, brethren, give the more diligence to 
make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these 
things, ye shall never stumble" (2 Peter 1:10 ASV).
3:12 "Holy"
  Something that is holy has been purified and dedicated 
to the service of God. Christians are holy in this sense.
3:12 "A heart of compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness
[and] patience"
  Just as we are to "put off" the old man and his evil 
ways, we are to "put on" the characteristics of the new 
man, created according to the image of Christ.
3:13 "Accepting one another"
  We all want to be 'accepted'. As fellow followers of 
Christ we accept one another even when there are 
differences of nationality, race, culture or position in 
society. We even accept one another in spite of our sins
and shortcomings, because God has also accepted us. This
is not the same as "approving" of sin. We accept each 
other so we can help each other, just as God helps us.
3:13 "Forgiving each other, if anyone has a complaint 
against someone; just as the Lord forgave you, you do 
the same"
  Jesus taught us to pray: "And forgive us our sins; for 
we ourselves also forgive every one that is indebted to 
us" (Luke 11:4 ASV). In His parables, by His example 
and in many different ways, He taught us to forgive.
Roy Davison


Colossians 3:14

Colossians 3:14 (OPV)
14 And over all these things [put on] love which is the 
bond of perfection.
3:14 "Over all these things [put on] love"
  All true virtues are based on love. Jesus said: "Thou 
shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with 
all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the great 
and first commandment. And a second like [unto it] is 
this, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these 
two commandments the whole law hangeth, and the prophets"
(Matt 22:37-40 ASV).
  "Love suffereth long, [and] is kind; love envieth not; 
love vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doth not 
behave itself unseemly, seeketh not its own, is not 
provoked, taketh not account of evil; rejoiceth not in 
unrighteousness, but rejoiceth with the truth; beareth 
all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, 
endureth all things" (1 Cor 13:4-7 ASV).
  When emphasizing the importance of faith, hope and love,
Paul says that even when considering these important 
things "the greatest of these is love" (1 Cor 13:13).
3:14 "The bond of perfection"
  In chapter one Paul says that his goal was to "present 
every man perfect in Christ" (Col 1:28 OPV). In chapter 
four he says that Epaphras was praying that the Colossians
might "stand complete and fully assured in all the will of
God" (Col 4:12).
  Love is the bond of perfection that ties all other 
virtues together and makes them complete.
Roy Davison