The next portion in the study of the book of Colossians is chapter 3 verses 18-21 and concerns the relationship between wives and husbands; but before we take those passages up it seems a good idea to cover the references to wives and husbands in 1 Peter 3:1-7.
The reason for this is the nature of the subject and the necessity to avoid any misunderstandings. There are only two goals here, one is to rightly divide the word of truth and the other is to edify and lift up the church, the body of Christ on earth. There is no hidden agenda.
“But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.” Colossians 3:14.
The words “But above all these things” refer us back to the previous verses in this chapter where we are told to “put on tender mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another” verses 12-13.
The J. B. Phillips version of the New Testament phrases Colossians 3:14 in this way, “And above everything else, be truly loving, for love is the golden chain of all the virtues.”
Love is indeed, “the bond of perfection” (“the golden chain”) and without it these other virtues would have no life to them when seen by unbelievers. You could be kind, but the world talks about committing “random acts of kindness” (I assume some of you have seen that one before), so kindness might not always be seen as something of Christ. A person could be humble and meek, but without real love energizing those characteristics, the world just sees a person as weak.
“Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds.” Colossians 3:9.
In the prior study we were told to put to death our members which consisted of, fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness. After this the apostle gave us the next step, which is to put off anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language.
We now continue with the above verse, “Do not lie to one another”, what a refreshing thought, if everyone stopped lying to one another, both Christians and unbelievers. As it stands today everybody lies, whether it is government, business, or in daily relationships. When I say everybody I mean everybody, far more than in the past.
“Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.” Colossians 3:5.
So far here in chapter 3 we are told in verses 1-3, “If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21.
It is only the Christian, someone who has put their faith in Christ as savior, who is risen with Christ; all others are spiritually dead still. This is so, no matter what church a person goes to, or how active they are in it. Neither the right church nor works get a person to heaven.
“If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.” Colossians 3:1.
There is a great difference between this letter to the Colossians and the one written to the Ephesians at the same time and delivered by the same messenger named Tychicus. The difference between the two churches is worth noting, the Colossians were being led astray by certain heretical teachings instead of concentrating on Christ as head of the church.