Colossians 3:1 –
- This context ties back to the question in chapter two (Colossians 2:20-22).
- Dead to sin, dead to the law of Moses, risen with Christ (Romans 6:1-13, Romans 7:4, Ephesians 2:1-6, and Colossians 2:12-13).
- Repentance from dead works (i.e. works under the Law or of the world), was a first principle that should not have needed to have been retaught (Hebrews 6:1). Yet, this principle continued to be a problem amongst Jewish Christians (Galatians 2:15-21).
- For them, it was time to stop looking backwards at a dead, carnal law (Hebrews 9:8-15).
- It was time for them to start looking upward. Seek things above (Isaiah 55:6-9, Matthew 6:19-21, Luke 12:31, Luke 13:23-24, John 6:1-27, Romans 2:7, I Corinthians 9:24-27, II Corinthians 4:8-5:1, Philippians 3:20, Hebrews 11:6, and Hebrews 13:14).
- Where Christ is on the right hand of God (Mark 16:19, Acts 2:29-33, Acts 5:30-31, Acts 7:51-60, Romans 8:34, Ephesians 1:19-20, Hebrews 10:10-13, Hebrews 12:1-2, and I Peter 3:21-22).
Colossians 3:2 –
- To understand what it means to set our affections on things above, consider how this word is translated in some other Scriptures and what those teach (Strong’s # 5426).
- Matthew 16:21-23 and Mark 8:31-33 (the word is translated as “savourest”).
- Acts 28:17-22, Romans 12:3, I Corinthians 4:6, and Philippians 1:7 (the word is translated as “thinkest” or “think”).
- Romans 8:5, Romans 12:16, II Corinthians 13:11, Philippians 2:5, Philippians 3:16, (the word is translated as “mind”).
- Romans 14:6 (the word is translated as “regardeth”).
- Romans 15:5 and Philippians 2:2 (the word is translated as “likeminded”).
- I Corinthians 13:11 (the word is translated as “understood”).
- Philippians 4:10 (the word is translated as “care”).
- Set your affection [thinking; what you savor; what you regard; what you care about] on things above (Psalms 119:166, Psalms 119:174, Lamentations 3:26, John 14:1-3, II Corinthians 5:14-17, Philippians 3:4-20, I Thessalonians 5:8, Hebrews 11:8-16, I Peter 1:1-16, I Peter 4:1-5, and II Peter 3:11-12).
- Do not have your affections on earthly things (Proverbs 23:5, Matthew 6:24-34, Luke 12:15-21, Romans 8:1-11, Romans 12:1-2, II Timothy 2:3-4, and I John 2:15-17).
- Consider, this does not mean you are to despise the life you now have in the flesh either. Balance these points (Ecclesiastes 2:24, Philippians 1:21-24, I Timothy 6:17, and I Peter 3:10-11).
- Fleshly desires are not spiritually profitable to us (John 6:63, Galatians 5:16-17, James 1:13-16, and I Peter 2:11).
Colossians 3:3 –
- Ye are dead (Romans 6:1-2, Romans 7:1-6, Colossians 2:20-23, and I Peter 2:21-25).
- This will connect with verse 4. Being dead, but alive to whom (Romans 6:8-11)? Not alive in the flesh to your desire, but born spiritually to the desire of our Lord (Romans 6:13 and Galatians 2:15-21).
- Your life is hid [concealed] with Christ in God is a fascinating statement. We know that does NOT mean we should hide ourselves from the world (Matthew 5:14-16 and I Timothy 5:25). The idea is that there is something, regarding the life we have and have been promised, that is essentially secret [Greek word; Strong’s # 2928; cf. Matthew 13:35]. While much has been revealed (I Corinthians 2:9-10), there are things we have in front of us still that we can only look forward to finding out about (I John 3:1-3).
- In God/in Christ are interchangeable (John 10:30 and I Thessalonians 1:1).
Colossians 3:5 –
- Mortify is translated as “dead” the two other times that Greek word (νεκρόω) appears in the New Testament (Romans 4:19 and Hebrews 11:12). The word means: “to deaden, i.e. (figuratively) to subdue: — be dead, mortify” (Strong’s # 3499).
- “Members” means: “a limb or part of the body” (Strong’s # 3196). The definition is consistent with how the word is used (i.e. Romans 7:5, Romans 7:23, I Corinthians 12:12, and James 3:5-6).
- The point is, put to death the unlawful (which the rest of the verse points out) desires of the physical body (Romans 6:6-13, Romans 8:13, Galatians 5:17-24, and Titus 2:11-14).
- Putting to death fornication. Fornication is: “harlotry (including adultery and incest); figuratively, idolatry: — fornication. Illicit sexual intercourse; adultery, fornication, homosexuality, lesbianism, intercourse with animals etc. Sexual intercourse with close relatives; Sexual intercourse with a divorced man or woman; metaph. the worship of idols; of the defilement of idolatry, as incurred by eating the sacrifices offered to idols” (Strong’s # 4202).
- The Scriptures certainly teach us NOT to fornicate as it relates to unlawful sex (Matthew 5:27-32, Acts 15:20, Acts 15:27-29, I Corinthians 5:1-13, I Corinthians 6:13-7:5, Ephesians 5:3, and I Thessalonians 4:3-4).
- Additionally, we are taught not to fornicate against the Lord through the practice of idolatry or other forms of spiritual adultery (II Chronicles 21:10-20, Jeremiah 3:1-15, Ezekiel 16:26-42, I Corinthians 10:6-8, James 4:4, and Revelation 2:18-23).
- Put to death uncleanness. The word means: “impurity (the quality), physically or morally: — uncleanness” (Strong’s # 167). You can find it in various Scriptures throughout the New Testament (Matthew 23:27, Romans 1:24, Romans 6:19, II Corinthians 12:21, Galatians 5:19, Ephesians 4:19, Ephesians 5:3, I Thessalonians 2:3, and I Thessalonians 4:7).
- Faithful children of God are people that are holy, pure (II Corinthians 6:14-7:1, Ephesians 4:24, Ephesians 5:25-27, Hebrews 12:14, James 4:6-10, and I Peter 1:13-16).
- Being able to bring our thinking around to what is right (II Corinthians 10:5).
- Think about how far this goes in thinking and actions: http://www.wordsoftruth.net/untothepure_bay_2017.html
- Put to death the desire for inordinate affection (Romans 1:26-27). The Greek word “πάθος” means: “a passion (especially concupiscence):— (inordinate) affection, lust” (Strong’s # 3806). The idea is shown as translated “vile affections” in Romans 1:26.
- Any kind of “lusts; sinful desires” need to be set aside (Romans 13:8-14).
- Think on this… Proverbs 5:1-7:27
- Put to death evil concupiscence [“a longing; craving; lust for what is forbidden” (Strong’s # 1939)].
- The idea is “lusts” (Mark 4:19 and John 8:44) particularly lusts of the flesh (Ephesians 2:1-3). Times past teach against such (I Corinthians 10:1-12).
- The word can also be translated in a way to indicate a good desire (Luke 22:15 and Philippians 1:23), but obviously we are not wanting to put to death good desires.
- While we have already covered much of this subject matter, consider the following in addition to what we have already covered: Romans 13:13-14, James 1:13-16, and I Peter 4:1-5.
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