Colossians 3:8. That is a nice little text, “Be ye thankful.” When you are grumbling at your plain food, put this as a sandwich between your bread and butter, “Be ye thankful.” When you are complaining of the East wind, just try if you cannot spell this little sentence, “Be ye thankful.” When you are murmuring about those sharp pains and that long sickness, this is the kind of tune for the little bird to whistle at your window, “Be ye thankful.” We have all much for which we ought to be thankful, however sad we may think our lot to be. It is His glory to forgive. "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". In Ephesians 4:31 we have “God in Christ forgave you,” because there the example of Christ, as Son of Man, is afterwards to be set forth emphatically as an example of self-sacrifice (Colossians 3:2), and hence the free mercy of forgiveness is naturally attributed to “God in Christ.” Here, in accordance with the emphatic exaltation of Christ, as all in all, the simpler phrase “Christ (or, the Lord) forgave you” is employed. (4)we are always afterward to treat him as kindly as if he had not injured us - as God treats us when he forgives us; see the notes at Matthew 18:21. Colossians 3:12a: “So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved….” “So” (or, “therefore”) shows that verse 12 follows from what came before. Wives, submit yourselves unto your husbands, as it is fit in the Lord. This temper is eminently conducive to peaceful relations and diminishes the natural friction of life. All rights reserved. The doctrine is found, however, in other parts of Scripture, as in 1 John 3:16. For the thought compare the Parable of the Unmerciful Servant, Matthew 18:23-35, though there is no evidence in our passage that St Paul was acquainted with it. You will not be consumed by it: you cannot be controlled by it. Colossians 3:9-10. “When ye lived in them” But now you do not live in them. They were once a part of you. ; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. All talking that is of a dubious character must go. Logically appropriate to all. (Colossians 3:13.) When God forgives us, He doesn"t hold any grudges, He doesn"t harbor ill-will, and He doesn"t act cold and stand-offish. 1069; Soph. This is the temper of mind which produces a sweet and happy intercourse with others. quarrel—rather as Greek, "cause of blame," "cause of complaint.". THE OBLIGATIONS OF THE CHRISTIAN POSITION. I hope that, in the case of many now living, they have been preserved by Christian training from having walked even for a time in such sins. Only here in the New Testament. Most of them involve the way we deal with each other because a major part of what God is teaching us has to do with building and solidifying our relationships. The word used here - μομφή momphē - occurs nowhere else in the New Testament. Hence forgiveness is important. The elect ones of God. 1974. Forgiving one another - If ye receive offense, be instantly ready to forgive on the first acknowledgment of the fault. Colossians 3:3. "And above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfectness." We need to let our feelings be at hand and readily touched that we might open our hands wide in help. How did Christ forgive? See notes on Textual Criticism. Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving. Colossians 3:16-17. There is a theory abroad that we may be forgiven and not know it. Moule compares Acts 5:31. οὕτως καὶ ὑμεῖς. The Saviour gave the paralytic patient a complex benefit in a single act, when He said to him as he lay helpless on a couch at His feet, “Thy sins be forgiven thee.” And if Christ forgive sin, He is entitled to do so, for He has made provision for it in His sufferings and death. Colossians 3:10-15. Colossians 3:25. Therefore, abhor them. To be loving and effective, a minister must correct, rebuke, and encourage with longsuffering. David was greater than Saul, and Saul acknowledged it. Neither the second part of the verse, καθὼς … ὑμεῖς, nor ἀνεχόμενοι … μομφήν, is to be parenthesized; for the whole is an uninterrupted continuation of the construction. Some fathers do; they expect more of children than they will ever get, and more than they ought to expect; and they lay heavy burdens upon them, which are grievous to be borne; and for little faults there are severe chastisements. Do not try to be a big man. Love gives others latitude. This is noble self-restraint. The revival of those feelings of goodwill which it becomes us habitually to cherish. And forgiving one another — What is past. offensas praeteritas.” For we not only tend to irritate others, but also we all sometimes do positive harm to them. The idea is, that if another one has given us just occasion of complaint, we are to forgive him; that is, we are: (2) we are to be ready to do him good as if he had not given us occasion of complaint; (3) we are to be willing to declare that we forgive him when be asks it; and. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.” Colossians 3:13-14 “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. We should never forget the principle found in the Parable of the Sheep and the Goats: "Inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me" (Matthew 25:40, 45). Psalms 28:1-6. This exposition consisted of readings from Colossians 3 and Colossians 4:1-4. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. In English we supply an imperative (‘do’), but the grammatical ellipsis is that of a participle (‘so also doing yourselves’). You need forgiveness yourself when you have offended. ).During the celebrated John Henderson's residence at Oxford, a student of a neighbouring college, proud of his logical achievements, was solicitous of a private disputation. This precept is universally applicable. Colossians 3:13 forbearing one another, and forgiving each other, if any man have a complaint against any; even as the Lord forgave you, so also do ye: "FORBEARING"-430. anechomai {an-ekh"-om-ahee}; middle voice from 303 and 2192; to hold oneself up against, i.e. 1832. New York. uses quarrel in its earlier sense of cause of complaint. I like the way you explain this, that we bear with one another in love, otherwise relationships would fall apart. You desire forgiveness yourself. They are not going to change. These offences were unprovoked. Paul tells us how. And yet how many may accuse themselves of it! "Commentary on Colossians 3:13". And forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any; yea, and if one hath any just complaint against another, mutually passing it by amongst ourselves: we render forgiving one another, that which in the Greek is forgiving ourselves; and indeed he that doth see the need he hath of pardon himself, will pass by the fault of his brother, (so ourselves here is put for one another), Mark 10:26 Luke 23:12. By doing this in unity as a church, we rid ourselves of, or at least dramatically reduce, friction. Seeing this, we realize that overcoming them will take a great deal of work—and work requires discipline. Love is the supreme quality that enables the members of the group to maintain unity and keep it from flying apart. John W. Ritenbaugh Brethren, let"s be very careful about requiring people to jump through more hoops to be in our favor than God requires to remain in His favor. "Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament". Some people want to oversee everyone; they want to supervise. Colossians 3:13. ἀυεχόμενοι, forbearing) in regard to present offences.— χαριζόμενοι, forgiving) past offences. "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". You have a new life now; it is up yonder, “where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.” Do you not feel drawings upward? https: Holinshed: "He thought he had a good quarrel to attack him." Christ—who had so infinitely greater cause of complaint against us. Introduction. "Commentary on Colossians 3:13". First, “bearing with one another.” This is the sixth garment with which the Christian is to clothe himself. Without strong spiritual control, those traits tend to descend into competitiveness, anger, wrath, malice, dissembling, accusation, slander, and foul talk. Besides this there are two reasons. is not to be regarded as only “loosely appended” (Hofmann) to μακροθ. “Whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.” If any of you go to the theater, can you go there in the name of the Lord Jesus? (d) It is a demonstration of the reality of religion to a godless world (John 15:8; Matthew 5:16). The words “bearing with” signify. Certain things get on each other’s nerves, but love provides the lubrication so that they can grant latitude.

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