Sometimes the road is rough, but the motive for treading it makes it smooth, and the companionship of Him we love relieves its tedium and lightens its darkness. on 1 Corinthians 11:23; Winer, p. 347 [E.T. Whatsoever, however small, ye do, in this relation, work from the heart ‘Do it’ is inexact; the same word is not repeated. I. honourable service. John Piper Feb 11, 2007 579 Shares Sermon. Indeed, the very essence of Christianity consists in this conformity; and therefore baptism, which is our admission to the gospel, is a sacred emblem of this conformity. Colossians 3:23-24 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. And thus, with respect to the life we had at the coming of Christ, which was the life of sin,—believers are said to die with Christ, and to be buried with him, because they renounce that life, and the affections proper to it. Christianity is the best upholder of the distinctions in society; and he can have-read his Bible to little purpose who does not see the appointment of God that there should be rich and poor in the world, master and servant; who does not perceive that want of loyalty is want of religion, and that there is no more direct rebellion against the Creator than resistance to any constituted authority, or the endeavour to bring round that boasted equality in which all shall have the same rights, or to speak more truly, in which none shall have any. The servants of royalty are nobles; so we are kings and priests unto God. (4.) ), It is related that when Phidias, the great sculptor who carved statues for one of the temples of antiquity, was labouring with minute fidelity upon the hair on the back of the head of one of the historic figures which was to be elevated from the pavement to the very apex of the building, or placed along the frieze, some one expostulated with him, saying, “Why do you take such great pains with the hair? IV. John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament, Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary, Heinrich Meyer's Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament, Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament, John Eadie's Commentary on Galatians, Ephesians, Colossians and Philippians, Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament, George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged, Stanley Derickson - Notes on Selected Books. In special acts done to himself. τ. κύρ. When a little girl’s mother comes to visit her at school, she wants to introduce all her friends to her. For, by receiving the true faith, they have put on Christ, and crucified the old man and his deeds; but if they desert the true living faith, and return to their former deeds, and again put on the old man, they do then crucify Christ again with his deeds, and put him once more to open shame. (G. D. iii. Heylin. --Colossians 3:23. It is the badge of true Christian discipleship--not creeds, professions, sentiments, etc. It includes all circumstances, whether of partizan or statesman; all ages, whether of child or patriarch; of all spheres, whether of the inward or outward life. Background on Colossae and the Colossians; Colossians and Work. (H. Melvill, B. D.). How can this be done? And because, in the mere state of nature, abstractedly considered from every operation of divine grace, there is no goodness whatever in man, therefore this state of sinful nature is called likewise a state of death, Ephesians 2:1; Ephesians 2:5. 5. Think about what is up there, not about what is here on earth. This statement relates back to 3:17. It is properly rendered thus imperatively in the Vulgate; also by Ewald, Dalmer, Schenkel, and Bleek. The community of believers was of one heart and mind, and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they had everything in common. I. Whatsoever, however small, ye do, in this relation, work from the heart ‘Do it’ is inexact; the same word is not repeated. Where the γάρ is regarded as not genuine,(165) the indicative interpretation (the usual one) makes the utterance—which, moreover, would be superfluous after Colossians 3:23—vapid, especially without the addition of an οὕτως. Bestow upon Him little wastefulnesses of love--breaking alabaster boxes of very precious ointment on: Him. ), What makes Christ’s service easy and pleasant, That huge piece of timber which lies there in that quiet creek, from which the tide has receded, leaving it dry and immovable in the sand; try to shift it, and it is only with the utmost difficulty that you can do so. At first the exercise gives acute pain, but after awhile, as vigour and strength return to the limb, in the thrill of health that he feels, the man forgets the pain and is glad. I am crucified to the world, says St. Paul, and the world to me.—Whoever is born of God, says St. John 1.e. well to look at verses where the Bible talks about doing something “for God” or “for the Lord observes against De W., that οὐκ is an absolute not a mere relative negative: ‘doing things unto men’ is to be laid aside altogether, not merely less practised than the other: “as workers to the Lord and non-workers to men,” Ellic. Salem Media Group. The duty of servants. 23. Home work. Where, in this new creation, there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free; all distinction of nations, names, conditions, and external privileges is now abolished: but Christ is all and in all; in all who believe; there he dwells, their Prophet, to teach them; their Priest, to atone for them; and their King, to reign in them and over them. 1. How then, as the Apostle cries out, how shall we, who are dead to sin, continue any longer therein? Christ has a right based upon His service of love; we should respond with gratitude. A working man who had recently come to reside in a northern village, was asked, as he was strolling in the fields one Sunday, to attend a cottage service where the speaker was going to preach. Not only must the slave’s work be done in the fear of the Lord, but done as if it were actually for the Lord that he was doing it, and not for a mere human master. Submit yourselves unto your own husbands; be under their government, as it is fit in the Lord, according to the law of creation, and the divine constitution; obedient in all things which are not inconsistent with your duty to the Lord Jesus. Reading 1 Acts 4:32-37. Thomas.). This must be our frame of mind in all of life. III. Comp. Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men. (p. 168). Unlike some of the others, St. Paul did not personally found or visit the Church in Colossae (Colossians 2:1). Note then the things which are essential to the realization of this lofty ideal of Christian service. For ye are dead, by your profession in baptism, and your obligations to a crucified Jesus; and your life is hid with Christ in God, your spiritual life, with all its joys, is hid from the natural man, and is still maintained, by secret communications from your exalted Head: therefore, having such glorious expectations, look up, and live continually under the influence of them. Read: Colossians 3:22, Col 4:1. Christ gives dignity to human work and toil. whoever is begotten to this new life in Christ by the power of God,—overcometh the world. all good works by them; but by their connection with the To help you in this--. With a personal interest. Therefore, set your affections on things above, with faith, hope, and love, aspire after them, realizing them to your mind by frequent meditation and fervent prayer, seeking those influences of grace which may conduct you to the glory that shall be revealed; and not on things on the earth, whether Jewish ordinances, or earthly advantages, and allurements; keep these under your feet, be weaned from them, and daily dying to them. While men were thus dead to God and to themselves, they lived only to sin and unrighteousness; and sin therefore is said to reign in them,—to have dominion over them. How much the metaphorical language of scripture has been mistaken, and what errors and absurdities men have fallen into, under pretence of adhering to the literal sense, is well known. 1. 2. ὡς τῷ κυρ.] Whatever you do. That which gives unity to the Christian life is Christ. It is the proper thing to go to a place of worship, to give their guinea, etc. If ye then be risen with Christ, in virtue of his resurrection, and of your union with him, seek those things which are above; even the eternal blessedness provided for all the faithful in heaven, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God, gone before to prepare a place for them, and ever living to make intercession for them. Some unconsciously--all who spread the true refinement of art, the researches of science, the charities of philanthropy. ‘With good heart, not from servile necessity, but of a free mind and choice’ (Chrysostom). Comp. 2. A lazy man, or a poor worker, is also a man who is sinning against the Lord. Do, do it. But if this cannot be the will of God, then it must be His will that this man should ply some humble craft; that this other should have the duties of a large estate; that a third should go to the desk; a fourth minister to the sick; a fifth fight the battles of his country. to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, It was just this feeling that gave rise to Monasticism. The whole significant emphasis lies upon τῷ κυρ. (C. H. “Whatsoever,” whether the work of master or servant, prince or peasant, “do it as to the Lord.” When we can recognize Christ as our Master, and our work as rendered to Him, it should make us faithful servants, whoever may be our immediate employer. This suggests a train of thought which has a special suitableness to young men. 5. This is foolish, for schools make all the difference between us and heathens. Ground of the obligation in one’s own consciousness for the ὡς τῷ κυρίῳ κ. οὐκ ἀνθρ. Scripture: Colossians 3:12–19. Conclusion: Are you serving Christ or Satan? Some have thought that these words, and the two following verses, regard the Colossians in general, and the performance of any, and all good works by them; but by their connection with the preceding verse, and with the beginning of the next chapter, they appear to concern servants only, and what they do under that character, and under the discharge of their duty: do it heartily, not by mere force and necessity, grudgingly, and with murmurings, but from the heart, and with good will, having a true, real, and hearty affection for their masters, having their good and interest at heart, and a delight in their service; like the Hebrew servant, that loved his master, as also his wife and children, and therefore would not depart from him, see Exodus 21:5. as to the Lord, and not unto men; See Gill on Ephesians 6:7. Thuc. As the pushing of a false theory to its extreme point is one method of showing its fallacy, imagine it to be God’s will that all Christians should have a directly spiritual pursuit. III. Now to be dead before the coming of Christ, and yet to die with Christ after his coming, and yet still to be alive in him, may seem to be assertions inconsistent, with respect to the same person; but if we take the same view of man that the scripture does, the inconsistency will soon vanish and disappear. Christianity, though altogether opposed to those levelling theories which disaffected men industriously broach, places the highest and the lowest on a par in the competition for eternity. Moses, Gideon, Elisha, the shepherds, the apostles were all called when at their work. Note; a Christian can never want matter of praise, whenever he turns his thoughts toward the Lord Jesus. Colossians 3:23 And whatsoever ye do Some have thought that these words, and the two following verses, regard the Colossians in general, and the performance of any, and all good works by them; but by their connection with the preceding verse, and with the beginning of the next chapter, they appear to concern servants only, and what they do under that character, and under the discharge of their duty: It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Entire service. as to substance, Ignat. And. If we belong to Christ, we must prove it by the conformity of our temper and conduct to his; he that abideth in him ought himself to walk as Christ also walked. Remember, the person who is faithful in very small things, is often the person who is also faithful in very big things (Luke 16:10). If the poor slave should serve Jesus how much more ought I? He simply sought the glory of Christ. in Xen. They are of little use in honey making and are at the bottom of all quarrels. week. Serve Him, then, under the constraint of His love. ; this is to be regarded as taking place for Christ, rendered as a service to Him. Colossians 3 - Therefore, if you have been raised with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Our parents or friends wish us to be active in the Church, and therefore we do it. Colossians 3:23. Introduction to Colossians and Philemon. (H. Melvill, B. D.). Our relationship with Jesus is to even transform our work habits. The fishers after their night of bootless toil, Peter walking on the waves, Paul receiving grace to endure a hidden sorrow, are specimens of men needing and receiving help from Christ. But he that doeth wrong to his master, by fraud, connivance, sloth, or negligence, shall receive for the wrong which he hath done the punishment due to his injustice: and there is no respect of persons with God; the meanest at his bar being accountable, as well as the greatest, and shall receive sentence according to their deeds. We may be doing nothing for our fellows while thus occupied, but Jesus is dearer to us than the whole race. 2. Edward Irving had in his Glasgow congregation the wife of a shoemaker, who was a determined infidel. Have some special work to do for Christ. Ye serve the Lord Christ--. To walk in newness of life, is our conformity to the resurrection of Christ, which was to new life and glory. Colossians 3:23-25 The Message (MSG) 22-25 Servants, do what you’re told by your earthly masters. A. character, and under the discharge of their duty: do it heartily, Rather, our work can be good and redemptive. We are to serve Christ by discharging all the duties of life so as to please Him. Hebrew servant, that loved his master, as also his wife and In the one case is love, order, and happiness; in the other the reverse. (2.) Whatsoever ye do, work heartily, as unto the Lord, and not unto men. Carefully note that every task, can be done in a grudging spirit, which dishonors God. There is work in heaven. "This principle is to govern every detail of his varied service" (Gr. Now the great bulk of life’s work is done with no intention whatever of serving God. Every professor should have something to do for Christ. Whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men. It is often when people are busy at their work that God comes with a blessing. Genesis 21:10. You are serving the Lord Christ.” In summary, Paul says that whatever we do, do it as if we’re doing it for Jesus Christ, because we are. My son and I were making sandwiches the other day — three turkey sandwiches and a peanut butter and jelly (PB&J) sandwich to be exact. The service of Friendship (John 15:15). Adam unfallen was a working man. School work is hard, but it will be made all the lighter ii done heartily and to the Lord; and then there would be no need for the coaxing and bribing and threatening that are so common. II. With great power the Apostles bore witness. See same idiom in Colossians 3:17 except ο — ho instead of παν οτι — pān hoti, Ye do - do it ( ποιῆτε - ἐργάζεσθε ). As usual, in the parallel place in Ephesians, the thought is given more fully, and the relationship of the slave's labour to Christ is twice noted. Biblical Commentary (Bible Study) Colossians 3:12-21 EXEGESIS: THE CONTEXT: THE BROADER CONTEXT has Paul warning Colossian Christians: "Be careful that you don't let anyone rob you through his philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the elements of the world, and not after Christ" (2:8). ek psuches. The state of nature is fully represented, Ephesians 4:17-18; Ephesians 2:2-3; Ephesians 2:12. But the right answer would be, To work. This then is the state of nature according to the representation and language of Holy Writ; and it is easy to see what must become of this old man, this man of sin, upon the appearance of Christ Jesus, who came to destroy the works of the devil; to give life and light to those who sat in the shadow of darkness and death: he and his works must be destroyed, where Christ is fully revealed, to make way for the Spirit of righteousness and his holy works; and to introduce man to the second, or gospel state. 3. iv. The duty of wives. Commit to at least increasing that by one time tomorrow. III. 7. as to the Lord, and not unto men; (See Gill on Ephesians Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as for the Lord. and whose members are described in the chapter before us, Colossians 3:5 and this body is elsewhere called by our Apostle, the body of death, for the same reason that the state of sin is called the state of death, Romans 7:24. 4. The Colossians, insignificant ex-pagans from a third-rate country town, will be seen in a glory which, if it were now to appear, one might be tempted to worship.” (Wright) 2. Soul work. Lie not one to another; but ever, in all your conversation, speak the truth from your heart, and be faithful to every promise and engagement; seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds, the native corruption which came with you into the world, and which works to bring forth fruit unto death, till subdued by the power of divine grace; and ye have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him; the heart, by the powerful operations of the Spirit, being renewed after the likeness of Jesus the Creator, in light and holiness; and his image defaced by the fall, being now restored by the grace of God. Rev., correctly, ye do - work; the latter being the stronger term as opposed to idleness. 4. May my life today honor you and bless others. Spurgeon. Point of view of the ἐργάζ. Because it is our duty. Colossians 03 (Contemporary English Version) You have been raised to life with Christ. An idle man may do. Work from the heart for your real Master, for God, confident that you’ll get paid in full when you come into your inheritance. Let us not rail at their mistake, for it is a common assumption that a secular pursuit is an obstacle to a religious mind. Colossians 3:23. 6. And the way to attain to the benefits of the death of Christ, is, as we learn from St. Paul, in his Epistle to the Philippians, to be, through his grace, conformable unto his death. 8. II. For instance, we shall not be to seek, when we find mention made of two deaths, which we must undergo,—and of two resurrections, in which we must partake: we shall easily distinguish between the natural death of the body, and the death unto sin;—between the resurrection to life eternal hereafter, and the resurrection to holiness and righteousness in this present world. Day 1 Colossians 3:23-24 Morning Reflection Pray: God, I commit my day to you, every interaction, every decision, every effort. “No man can serve two masters.” “He that is not with Me is against Me.” Alas! 3. Obey your parents in all thing that are lawful, neither murmuring nor disputing against their commands, or disposals; for this is well pleasing unto the Lord, and a happy proof of your relation to the Father of mercies. 4. Feb 18, 2007. Colossians 3:23-24 "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward." Colossians 3:23. appear to concern servants only, and what they do under that Even so there are ten thousand things in the way of duty laid upon us by God which, so long as the heart is unrenewed, seem hard and burden some, but all of which yield when once the love of Christ has once entered and filled the heart, are cheerfully taken up and done with ease and joy to the Loved One. 5. Such is the power of Christ's resurrection, that those who feel it, have (as the Apostle informs us, Philippians 3:20.) It is never to be seen.” His simple reply was, “The gods will see it.” So he laboured thoroughly in the minutest things, not for the eyes of men but for the eyes of the gods. The duty of parents. 3, xx. Comp. So thought St. Paul. Scripture: Colossians 3:12–19, Colossians 2:13–15. Whatsoever ye do (ο εαν ποιητε — ho ean poiēte). Thus dying to sin, we begin to live again unto God, and to true holiness: and this is a resurrection of the man made after the image of God, which before was dead in trespasses; and therefore we are said to be made alive to Christ, and to rise together with him. We should fulfill our obligations to honor God. Each man’s wisdom and happiness must lie in doing the work God has given him. The words of the first verse of this chapter are, however, hardly capable of being so abused, being a plain inference from what had before been advanced, as is evident from the manner in which they are introduced; "If ye then be risen with Christ." Thus only do we associate ourselves with the saints and angels. 2. “If ye love Me keep My commandments,” not simply build chapels, etc. He exhorts them to heavenly-mindedness. 4thly, The Apostle passes on to inculcate the due discharge of the great relative duties; and he begins as before (Ephesians 5:22,) with the inferior relation, as subjection is peculiarly hard for creatures who are naturally under the power of a spirit of pride and independence. Living as Those Made Alive in Christ. Colossians 3:25 But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons. If not, the original will bear rendering in the imperative--“Serve ye the Lord Christ.” What an exaltation for a slave of Satan to become a servant of Christ. 6:7). Deep enough. The Glory of God and Why We Sing. Some in a party spirit, who serve not Christ but their own denomination, and who would almost be vexed at Christ being honoured by any other sect. V. Easy service. p. 72 F Polyb. We have. Do it heartily,— ' Εκ ψυχης, from the spirit, or "from a spiritual principle, and not from worldly motives." Colossians 3:23. And it makes a difference, now and ever, believe me, whether you serve Him who has on His vesture and thigh written, “King of kings,” and whose service is perfect freedom; and him on whose vesture and thigh is written, “Slave of slaves,” and whose service is perfect slavery. 1. 5. 2 Corinthians 5:14. week today I want to to look look at at Colossians Colossians Colossians three three. “With God.” This wraps up the secret of which we are in search, how we may serve God in our daily business. Proud member So some of God’s children have not learned to surrender their wills utterly to Him; hence every act of obedience involves a struggle; but some have learnt to make the struggle once for all, and are now happy in that service which is perfect freedom. Many wish there were no such thing. This is the highest thing we can do. You died, which means that your life is … It would be truthful to say that all “serve the Lord Christ.” Some against their will--Pharisees, Pilate, Judas, etc. It is a life which no man can take from us but ourselves. [Ephesians 6:6.] II. Some out of the ambition to be thought useful. in your daily tasks for your master, even including the most routine, lowest and mundane of physical tasks. What then? Menpleasers are soon dejected and made angry: the single-hearted are never displeased or disappointed; because they have another aim, which the good or evil treatment of those they serve cannot disappoint. In the common acts of life. To destroy this man of sin, Christ came into the world; and they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh, with the affections and lusts: Galatians 5:24. Follow the JESUS REGGAE VIBES Playlist on YOUTUBE & SPOTIFY. IV. Hence it is that St. Paul so often exclaims against the absurdity of a Christian's living in sin. Galatians 6:15. California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. He is the unifying principle of Christian theology. 1. Colossians 3:17: Overcoming Boredom (Eccl 9:10) COLOSSIANS 4. "The master would begin to think, "If the Christian religion does this for slaves, it must be wonderful."" “No.” “Why that is Thompson, the best forgeman in the district.” “Oh, indeed, I have often heard of Thompson’s work; I will go and hear him preach.” He did so and became a new man. 3. And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Heartily — Cheerfully, diligently. Spurgeon.). But now, since the light and grace of the blessed gospel has reached you, ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, speaking reproachfully of God or things sacred, or whatever would blast the reputation of others; and let no filthy communication, or immodest expression, proceed out of your mouth. It would be well if our Church discipline permitted us to turn out every drone. A. Distinct verbs [ poieete (Greek #4160), ergazesthe (Greek #2038)]; 'whatsoever ye do, work at it' (labour at it). Colossians 3:22; Colossians 3:23; Colossians 3:24; Colossians 3:25; MIKE ANDRUS. To please others who may change or die, or please self, which is fickle and disappointing, cannot ensure the prolonged service men can render to the eternal and unchanging Christ. 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