Colossians 4

New King James Version 1. Masters, give your bondservants what is just and fair, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven.

The Resultant Version 1. Masters, be rendering that which is just and equitable to your slaves, being aware that you also have a Master in heaven.

Now God speaks to the masters, giving them instructions corresponding to His instructions to slaves. This again is similar to a passage in Ephesians 6:9.

The Resultant Version 9. And the masters, be doing the same toward them, refraining from threats, knowing that their Master, as well as yours, is in the heavens; and there is no respect of persons with Him.

The Lord here calls upon those masters who have slaves to treat them justly and equitably. Some masters of slaves seem to enjoy treating them unjustly and with capricious inequality, perhaps just because they can. Yet this is not the way for a Godly master to act. Rather, a human master who is a believer must remember that he, too, has a Master in heaven, and that Master is always just and equitable. If he mistreats his slaves, his heavenly Master will not overlook such sin just because he was the master. Therefore, he should treat them fairly, just as he hopes to be treated fairly by his Lord. Read the rest of this entry »

Colossians 3 Part 3

New King James Version 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.

The Resultant Version 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 the grace which is in your hearts to God.

Now he calls on the Colossians to let the word of Christ dwell in them richly. The “word” here is the Greek word logos, which means the expression of a thing, as it does in John 1:1, where it speaks of Jesus Christ as the Logos or Expression of God. Here, it speaks not just of the living Word, Jesus Christ, but also of the written Word, the Bible, which teaches us of Him. If we are to live in true union with God, if we are to partake of the substance of Christ, then we must allow His Word to dwell in us by reading, studying, memorizing, and understanding it. That Word needs to dwell in us richly, and it will only dwell richly in us if we give much time and effort to this end. Many believers are quite content to let the word of Christ dwell moderately or poorly in them, as they know only snippets of the word, verses here and there, and not the full riches of God’s written truth. Therefore, we can hardly be surprised when they have difficulty expressing Christ in their walks and lifestyles. It requires a rich infusion of the word of Christ into a person’s life to produce the proper kind of worthy walk that God desires of His children. Read the rest of this entry »

Colossians 3 Part 2

New King James Version 8. But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth.

The Resultant Version 8. But now you also put off all these: anger, fury, malice, slander, obscenity out of your mouth.

Though these believers might have walked in these things at one time, now they are to put them off. God lists for us these things that are to be put off. First is anger. This is a very interesting prohibition. It is found both here and in Ephesians 4. There, we read:

31. Let all bitterness and fury and anger and clamor and slanderous speech be taken away from you with all malice; 32. And become kind to one another, tenderly compassionate, dealing graciously with one another, even as God also in Christ deals graciously with you. Read the rest of this entry »

Colossians 3

New King James Version 1. If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.

The Resultant Version 1. If then you are raised together with the Christ, that which is above be seeking, where Christ is, sitting on the rights of God.

In verse 20 of chapter 2, Paul told us something that is true if we died together with Christ. Here, he tells us something that is true if we are raised together with Him. As I said in chapter 2, we both died with Christ and were raised with Him if we have believed in Him. When we believe the message God gives of His Son, then we are identified with Him. That message is that Jesus is the Christ, the Anointed One, the One chosen and marked out by God to be the Savior of the world; and that Jesus is the Son of God, God in human form. John 20:31. The message also tells us of His work on our behalf: that He died for our sins on the cross in harmony with the Scriptures, that He was buried, and that He rose from the dead the third day, as the Scriptures tell us. I Corinthians 15:3-4. If we believe these things, then God identifies us with Christ. When He died, we died, and the penalty for our sins is once and forever paid. When He rose, we rose, and we will someday live together with Him. When He was exalted, we were exalted, and someday we will enjoy an exalted position with Him. These truths are based on the fact that we believed, and when we believed we were identified with Him, both in His death and in His resurrection. Read the rest of this entry »

Colossians 2 Part 3

New King James Version 16. So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths,

The Resultant Version 16. Let no one therefore be judging you in food or in drink, or in regard to some particular festival, or the new moon, or the Sabbaths—

Since Christ has erased the decrees against us, and since He has triumphed over the rulers of this world, both religious and civil (for the two were mostly combined in the Colossians’ day,) the one who is in Christ therefore should not allow any human being to judge him in regard to religious rules and regulations. But we need to realize that “judge” does not mean to have an opinion. Anyone who likes can have an opinion about the way I eat, or the way I drink, or the holidays I keep or do not keep, or the new moons I do not celebrate, or what I do on the Sabbath. I cannot possibly stop anyone from having an opinion. They can even speak their opinions if they wish. And what can I do if I do not like their opinions? Beat them up? Call the police? I obviously have to let people have opinions. But having an opinion is not what “judging” is all about. Read the rest of this entry »

I received the following question:

My (in-law) is from a Catholic background and from all indications is a Christian (but still has strong Catholic ties).  She believes in complete healing for today (if one has enough faith) even though there is plenty of evidence to the contrary!  I never know how to respond to her comments. (She sent me the article below.)

http://www.savedhealed.com/healing.htm

It is not unusual at all for people to use the Bible this way. When people suffer from illness, they grasp at anything that might give them hope of healing. If the doctors cannot find a solution, then they look to other things, and one is healing ministries. As you say, the problem is that these things do not work. They would like to believe they do, however, and some people will put a whole lot of time and money into healing ministries before they finally figure out for themselves that they do not produce results.

The list of “healing Scriptures” on this website is rather typical of the kind of passages these people will try to use to support what they are doing. It is quite a comprehensive list, so I do not know if I will try to answer every single one of these passages, but I will start at the beginning and explain what I believe about these things. Read the rest of this entry »

Colossians 2 Part 2

New King James Version 9. For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily;

The Resultant Version 9. Seeing that in Him the entire fullness of the Deity is dwelling in essence.

The idea of the word “fullness” here states the same thing we saw back in Colossians 1:19. The word for “fullness” is pleroma, a word often used of the full complement of a ship, including its officers and crew. It comes from the verb pleroo (pronounced plair-AH-oh,) which means “to fill full” or “to complete.” The full complement, the entire panoply, the completeness of the Godhead dwells in Jesus Christ. Christ embodies the fullness of the Deity. Read the rest of this entry »

Colossians 2

New King James Version 1. For I want you to know what a great conflict I have for you and those in Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh,

The Resultant Version 1. I desire you to understand the deep anxiety I am having on behalf of you, and on behalf of them at Laodicea, and on behalf of as many as have never seen my face in the flesh.

For the first time since the right message about Jesus Christ had truly begun to be proclaimed, there were now believers in Him coming into being who had none of the advantages that the believers of the Acts period had had. They had nothing but the simple word of God to guide them. They had no God-commissioned apostles among them. They had no God-inspired prophets, or God-given teachers. Epaphras had probably been responsible for carrying the now-written gospel in the form of the book of John to Colossae, and he had reported back to Paul regarding its results. Yet Epaphras had not been commissioned by God for his work among them, and he was not able to perform miracles among them, nor give them God-inspired advice. This left Paul deeply anxious about these people. Read the rest of this entry »

ghostman02I received the following questions:

Many of my friends are arguing with me about the reason we are resurrected is for our heavenly bodies but not because we are not in heaven when we die (sheol).  I don’t really know what to say to this?

I’ve been reading in Hebrews that Hezekiah was pleading not to die, but if he thought he was going to heaven when he died why would he plead to not die, right?  Does this make sense for an argument against not going to heaven when you die?

Any help please?

Your friends are arguing, not based on Bible truth, but on the doctrines and traditions of men. Satan told Eve, “You will not surely die.” Genesis 3:4. Literally in Hebrew, this reads, “Dying you will not die.” Eve believed him…that dying, she would not be dead, but be in some other state, “like God.” (verse 5.) And the vast majority of people on earth, including most Christians, still believe what Satan said rather than what God said. They refuse to believe that death results in being dead, instead insisting that the dead are still very much alive. Read the rest of this entry »

pets02I received the following question:

Do animals have a spirit? And if they do is it the same spirit? Would them make them be in heaven?

Most definitely yes, as can be seen clearly my study on “Spirits and Souls,” here: https://precepts.wordpress.com/2014/06/16/spirits-and-souls/ . We never even got out of the first book of the Bible to learn this! If you have the time and want to, though, you can really solidify it in your mind by continuing the study I began and looking at ALL the occurrences of these two words. In Greek, spirit = pneuma and soul = psuche.

Asking if it is the same spirit is another good question! Ecclesiastes 3:18-22 says, Read the rest of this entry »

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