Colossians Chapter 3

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IN the previous chapter, the apostle had showed what a true Christian ought not to follow after. He had warned the Colossians against the dangers of false philosophy, and the doctrines of erroneous teachers. In this chapter, he teaches them what they ought to pursue and to seek. He therefore enjoins various duties in the different relations of life, which they ought to perform in such a way as to show that true religion had a controlling influence over their hearts, he specifies the following:

(1.) The duty of setting the affections on things above, 1ff. They were risen with Christ, Col 2:12; they were dead to sin, 3; they were soon to be like Christ, 4; and they should, therefore, fix their affections on heavenly things.

(2.) The duty of mortifying their corrupt passions and carnal propensities, 5ff.

(3.) The duty of speaking the truth, since they had put off the old man with his deeds, 9ff.

(4.) The duty of kindness, gentleness, charity, and the spirit of peace, 12ff.

(5.) The duty of edifying one another by psalms and songs of praise, 16f.

(6.) The duty of wives, 18;

(7.) of husbands, 19;

(8.) of children, 20;

(9.) of fathers, 21;

(10.) of servants, 22ff. There is a very striking similarity between this chapter and the fifth and sixth chapters of the epistle to the Ephesians, and a full exposition of the principal subjects adverted to here may be found in the Notes there.


1: If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. edit

2: Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. edit

3: For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. edit

4: When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. edit

5: Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: edit

6: For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: edit

7: In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them. edit

8: But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. edit

9: Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; edit

10: And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: edit

11: Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all. edit

12: Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; edit

13: Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. edit

14: And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. edit

15: And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. edit

16: Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. edit

17: And 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. edit

18: Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord. edit

19: Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them. edit

20: Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord. edit

21: Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged. edit

22: Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God; edit

23: And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; edit

24: Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. edit

25: But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons. edit

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