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Colossians 3


 1 If (1) ye then (2) be (a) (*) risen with Christ, (3) seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth at the right hand of God.


(1) Another part of this Epistle, wherein he takes occasion by reason of those vain exercises, to shew the duty of a Christian life, which is an ordinary thing with him after he hath once set down the doctrine itself.
(2) Our renewing or new birth, which is wrought in us by being partakers of the resurrection of Christ, is the fountain of all holiness, out of which sundry arms or rivers do afterwards flow.
(a) For if we are partakers of Christ, we are carried as it were into another life, where we shall need neither meat nor drink, for we shall be like unto the Angels.

(*) After that ye have been dead to beggarly ceremonies.
(3) The end and mark which all the duties of Christian life shoot at, is to enter into the kingdom of heaven, and to give ourselves to those things which lead us thither, that is, to true godliness, and not to those outward and corporal things.


 2 Set your affections on things which are above, and not on things which (*) are on the (b) earth.


(*) Which either serve but for a time, or else are invented by men.

(b) So he calleth that shew of religion, which he spake of in the former Chapter.


 3  (4) For ye are (*) dead, (5) and your life is hid with Christ in God.


(4) A reason taken of the efficient causes and others: you are dead as touching to the flesh, that is, touching to the old nature which seeketh after all transitory things, and on the other side, you have begun to live according to the Spirit, therefore give yourselves to spiritual and heavenly, and not to carnal and earthly things.

(*) With Christ.
(5) The taking away of an objection: whiles we are yet in this world, we are subject to many miseries of this life, so that the life that is in us, is as it were hidden; yet notwithstanding we have the beginnings of life and glory, the accomplishment whereof which lieth now in Christ's and in God's hand, shall be assuredly and manifestly performed in the glorious coming of the Lord.


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


 5  (6) (*) (♣) Mortify therefore your (c) members which are on the earth, fornication, uncleanness, the inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness which is idolatry.


(6) Let not your dead nature be any more effectual in you, but let your living nature be effectual. Now the force of nature is known by the motions. Therefore let the affections of the flesh die in you, and let the contrary motions which are spiritual, live. And he reckoneth up a great long scroll of vices, and their contrary virtues.

(*) Ephesians 5:3 .

(♣) Extinguish all the strength of the corrupt nature which resisteth against the Spirit, that ye may live in the Spirit, and not in the flesh.
(c) The motions and lusts that are in us, are in this place very properly called members, because that the reason and will of man is corrupted, doeth use them as the body doeth his members.


 6 For the which things’ sake the wrath of God (d) cometh on the children of disobedience.


(d) Useth to come.


 7 Wherein ye also walked once, when ye lived in them.


 8  (*) But now put ye away even all these things, wrath, anger, maliciousness, cursed speaking, filthy speaking, out of your mouth.


(*) Romans 6:4; Ephesians 4:25; Hebrews 12:2; 1 Peter 2:1; 1 Peter 4:1 .


 9 Lie not one to another, (7) seeing that ye have put off the old man with his works,


(7) A definition of our new birth taken from the parts thereof, which are the putting off of the old man, that is to say, of the wickedness which is in us by nature, and the restoring, and repairing of the new man, that is to say, of pureness which is given us by grace, but both of them are but begun in us in this present life, and by certain degrees finished, the one dying in us by little and little, and the other coming to the perfection of another life, by little and little.


 10 And have put on the new, (8) which is renewed in (e) knowledge (*) after the image of him that created him,


(8) Newness of life consisteth in knowledge, which transformeth man to the image of God his maker, that is to say, to the sincerity and pureness of the whole soul.

(*) Genesis 1:26; Genesis 5:1; Genesis 9:6 .
(e) He speaketh of an effectual knowledge.


 11  (9) Where is neither Grecian nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond, free; but Christ is all, and in all things.


(9) He telleth them again, that the Gospel doeth not respect those external things, but true justification and sanctification in Christ only, which have many fruits, as he reckoneth them up here; but he commendeth two things especially, to wit, godly concord, and continual study of God's word.


 12  (*) Now therefore as the elect of God, (♣) holy and beloved, (f) put on the (g) bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;


(*) Ephesians 6:11 .

(♣) He sheweth what fruits are in them that are dead to the world and are risen again with Christ.

(f) So put on, that you never put off.
(g) Those most tender affections of exceeding compassion.


 13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel to another; even as Christ forgave you, even so do ye.


 14 And above all these things put on love, which is the (h) bond of perfectness.


(h) Which bindeth and knitteth together all the duties that pass from man to men.


 15 And let the peace of God (i) (*) rule in your hearts, to the which ye are called in (k) one body, and be ye (♣) thankful.


(i) Rule and govern all things.

(*) Let it guide all your doings.
(k) You are joined together into one body through God's goodness, so that you might help one another as fellow members.

(♣) Or, amiable, or gracious.


 16 Let the (♣) word of Christ dwell in you plenteously in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing your own selves, in (l) (♠) psalms, and hymns, and spiritual songs, singing with a (*) (♦) grace in your hearts to the Lord.


(♣) The doctrine of the Gospel.

(l) By Psalms he meaneth all godly songs, which were written upon divers occasions, and by hymns, all such as contain the praise of God, and by spiritual songs, other more peculiar and artificious songs which were also in praise of God, but they were made fuller of music.

(♠) Psalms properly contain complainings to God, narrations, and expostulations; hymns, only thanksgiving; songs contain praises, and thanksgiving, but not so largely and amply, as hymns do.

(*) Ephesians 4:29 .

(♦) Or, thanksgiving.


 17  (*) And whatsoever ye shall do, in word or deed, do all in the (m) Name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God even the Father by him.


(*) 1 Corinthians 10:31 .

(m) Call upon the name of Christ, when you do it, do it to Christ's praise and glory.


 18  ¶ (*) (10) Wives, submit yourselves unto your husbands, as it is (n) comely in the Lord.


(*) Ephesians 5:22 .

(10) He goeth from precepts which concern the whole civil life of man, to precepts pertaining to every man's family, and requireth of wives, subjection in the Lord.
(n) For those wives do not well, that do not set God in Christ before them in their love; but this Philosophy knoweth not.


 19  (*) (11) Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter unto them.


(*) 1 Peter 3:1 .

(11) He requireth of husbands, that they love their wives, and use them gently.


 20  ¶ (*) (12) Children, obey your parents in (o) all things, for that is well pleasing unto the Lord.


(*) Ephesians 6:1 .

(12) He requireth of children, that according to God's commandment they be obedient to their parents.
(o) In the Lord; and so it is expounded in Ephesians 6:1 .


 21  (13) Fathers, (*) provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.


(13) Of parents, that they are gentle towards their children.

(*) By much rigor.


 22  ¶ (14) (*) Servants, be obedient unto them that are your masters according to the flesh, in all things, not with eye service as men pleasers, but in singleness of heart, fearing God.


(14) Of servants that fearing God himself to whom their obedience is acceptable, they reverently, faithfully, and from the heart, obey their masters.

(*) Ephesians 6:5; Titus 2:9; 1 Peter 2:8 .


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


 24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the (p) reward of the inheritance, for ye serve the Lord Christ.


(p) For that which you shall have duly obeyed your masters, the time shall come, that you shall be made from sons to servants, and then shall you know this of a surety, which shall be when you are made partakers of the heavenly inheritance.


 25  (15) But he (♣) that doeth wrong, shall receive for the wrong that he hath done, and there is no (*) (♠) respect of persons.


(15) He requireth of masters, that being mindful how that they themselves also shall render an account before that heavenly Lord and Master, which will revenge wrongful doings without any respect of masters or servants, they shew themselves just and upright with equity, unto their servants.

(♣) The cruel master.

(*) Deuteronomy 10:17; Romans 2:11; Galatians 2:6; Ephesians 6:9 .

(♠) Whether he be master or servant.



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