Colossians

Walk in Him

IMG_9176

“Walk” is the familiar New Testament term denoting the believer’s daily conduct.  To walk in Christ is to live a life patterned after His.  See Colossians 1:10; 4:5; Romans 6:4; 8:1,4; 13:13; 1 Corinthians 7:17; 2 Corinthians 5:7; 10:3; 12:18; Galatians 5:16,25; 6:16; Ephesians 2:10; 4:1,17; 5:2,8,15; Philippians 3:16-18; 1 Thessalonians 2:12; 4:1,12; 2 Thessalonians 3:11; 1 John 1:6,7; 2:6; 2 John 6; and 3 John 3,4.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Colossians 2:6.

 

Advertisements

Blameless

20180420_195800

“Holy” refers to the believer’s positional relationship to God – he is separated from sin and set apart to God by imputed righteousness.  This is justification.  As a result of the believer’s union with Christ in His death and resurrection, God considers Christians as holy as His Son (Ephesians 1:4; 2 Corinthians 5:21).  Christians are also “blameless” (without blemish) and “above reproach” (no one can bring a charge against them, Romans 8:33; Philippians 2:15).  We are to be presented to Christ, when we meet Him, as a chaste bride (Ephesians 5:25-27; 2 Corinthians 11:2).

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Colossians 1:22.

Free Indeed

IMG_8945

The term for “alienated” means “estranged,” “cut off,” or “separated.”  Before they were reconciled, all people were completely estranged from God (Ephesians 2:12,13).  The term for “enemies” can also be translated “hateful.”  Unbelievers hate God and resent His holy standard because they love “wicked works” (John 3:19,20; 15:18,24,25).  Actually there is alienation from both sides, since God “hates all workers of iniquity” (Psalm 5:5).  Christ’s substitutionary death on the cross that paid the full penalty for the sin of all who believe made reconciliation possible and actual (Romans 3:25;5:9,10;8:3).

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Colossians 1:21.

Complete in Him

IMG_9285

Believers are complete in Christ, both positionally by the imputed perfect righteousness of Christ, and the complete sufficiency of all heavenly resources for spiritual maturity.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Colossians 2:10.

Obedience to the Truth

IMG_9310

Scripture should permeate every aspect of the believer’s life and control every thought, word, and deed (Psalm 119:11; Matthew 13:9; Philippians 2:16; 2 Timothy 2:15).

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Colossians 3:16.

Reconciled in Christ

20180928_171845

~Colossians 1:19-23~

Man is reconciled to God when God restores man to a right relationship with Him through Jesus Christ.  This text does not teach that, as a result, all will believe; rather it teaches that all will ultimately submit.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Colossians 1:20.