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Wednesday, 11 July 2007 11:27

Colossians 3:18-19 - “Wives and Husbands”
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Passage Outline


  1. Wives v. 18

    1. Addressees


    1. Command

submit to your husbands,

    1. Nuance

as is fitting in the Lord.

  1. Husbands v. 19

    1. Addressees


    1. Command

love your wives,

    1. Nuance

and do not be harsh with them.

For Discussion

  1. Look at the general outline of Col. 3:18-4:1, Eph. 5:22-6:9, 1 Pet. 2:18-3:7, 5:1-5. What similarities and differences can you notice? How are the instructions given to men and women in 1 Timothy and Titus different from those listed above?

  2. What reasons do Gen. 1:27-28, Gal. 3:28 and Col. 3:10-11 give to believe that men and women are equally human, and equally Christians?

  3. What reasons do Gen. 2:18, 3:17, 1 Cor. 11:8-9, and 1 Tim. 2:13-14 give for believing husbands and wives are not equal in authority? For later – consider Num. 30.

  4. Should women submit to all men, or only to their husbands? Consider 1 Tim. 2:11-12.

  5. Does submission always require silence? May a wife teach her husband? Consider 1 Cor. 11:5, Prov. 31:26.

  6. According to Acts 5:29, what is the only time it is right to disobey a human authority? Should we call this disobedience rebellion or submission?

  7. What do Gen. 3:16 and 4:7 teach is the chief temptation women face in their relationship with their husband?

  8. Why is it “fitting in the Lord” for a wife to submit to her husband?

  9. What are some differences between Paul’s command for husbands to “love” their wives and what our society, and our sinfulness, tell husbands to do?

  10. What kind of treatment do the command to “love” and 1 Pet. 3:7 indicate wives need?

  11. What does Ephesians 5:25 teach is the fullest extent of this kind of love? In what ways can a husband lay down his life for his wife?

  12. What do Gen. 3:17-19, Mal. 2:14, 1 Pet. 3:7 teach are some of the temptations men face in their relationship with their wives? How can a husband either more actively or more passively misuse his position of authority?

  13. What are some ways a husband can be “harsh” or “bitter” toward his wife? What are some ways husbands should treat their wives in the opposite manner? Consider Prov. 31:28, 29, and 31.

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Col. 3:18-19 - Wives and Husbands PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 10 July 2007 17:26

Colossians 3:18-19
Wives and Husbands”
Tim Black

  1. Introduction

    1. Having taught us to have a Christian worldview and to put on Christian character, Paul now teaches us our obligations in Christian relationships. He speaks of the relationships between wives and husbands, children and parents, and slaves and masters, bringing biblical order and unity to a race divided by gender, age, and economics.

    2. Most commentaries consider this whole section to be about the Christian family, or the Christian household, including Paul’s exhortations to slaves and masters. We commonly think of Paul’s exhortations to slaves and masters as having more direct bearing on the modern workplace than on the modern family, but in Paul’s day many slaves were household servants, so while Paul’s exhortations touch on the workplace they are directed primarily to the household.

    3. Within the household, the relationship in which it is of paramount importance for us to live out Christian character is the marriage relationship. All other relationships in the household hang on the foundation laid by the husband and wife.

    4. Because Paul speaks of the marriage relationship similarly in Ephesians 5:22-33, we should consider the similarities and differences between the two passages.

      1. Similarities with Ephesians

        1. Centrality of union with Christ. In both epistles, Paul teaches that our actions as a husband or wife should flow from our union with Christ. Christ’s centrality to Paul’s exhortations is evident in his statement “as is fitting in the Lord” in v. 18 and his similar statements in verses 20, 22-24, and 4:1.

        2. Paul transforms Greek ethics. It was common from Aristotle (4th C BC) onward in Greek ethical literature for instructions to be given about household relationships in the form of instructions to husbands and wives, parents and children, and masters and slaves. Paul uses this same form of instruction but fills it with uniquely Christian content.

          • Specifically, because you have been raised with Christ, and are now seated with Him in glory, set your minds and affections on Him. Treat your spouse as one who is now united to Christ, the Savior of your soul.

          • Through Christ God is now renewing you by conforming you to the image of God.

          • The result is that the Lordship of Christ extends to all of life, and you should recognize and serve Christ as your Lord in all of your life, including your marriage.

      2. Differences from Ephesians.

        1. Length of husbands/wives section. In Ephesians, Paul inserts his teaching about our union with Christ in his words to husbands, making them longer than his words to wives. In Colossians, Paul inserts similar instructions about union with Christ not in the section addressing husbands and wives, but in the section addressing slaves and masters. So here in Colossians, Paul’s words to both husbands and wives are of equal length, of identical structure, and so are recognizably presenting equally important obligations.

        2. Length in general. Paul’s words in Colossians are more brief than in Ephesians. In part this is because Paul’s instructions follow from his whole book—husbands and wives are fellow partakers of God’s grace in Christ. The whole book of Colossians, and more broadly, the whole Bible, thus provides a sound basis for a biblical marriage manual. If Genesis 1-3 provides the Bible’s blueprints for marriage, Ephesians 5:22-33 the mission statement, and the Song of Solomon the romance novella, then these brief, pithy exhortations in Colossians are the memorable motto you should be able to quote by heart.

          • Matthew Henry comments, “The epistles which are most taken up in displaying the Lord Jesus, are the most particular and distinct in pressing the duties of the several relations. We must never separate the privileges and duties of the gospel religion.”1

    5. Outline Paul expresses the duties of both wives and husbands in an identical form, which is outlined as follows:

      1. Addressees

      2. Command

      3. Nuance (to the command)

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Wednesday, 04 July 2007 10:47

Colossians 3:15-17 - “Do Everything in the Name of the Lord Jesus”
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Passage Outline (clause order is that found in the Greek)

  1. Let the Peace of Christ Rule in Your Hearts v. 15

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts,

to which indeed you were called in one body.

And be thankful.

  1. Let the Word of Christ Dwell in You Richly v. 16

    1. The word

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly,

    1. The expressions of the word

      1. Teaching

        1. Its character

in all wisdom

        1. Its activity

teaching and admonishing

        1. Its recipients

one another

      1. Singing

        1. Its content

psalms and hymns and spiritual songs

        1. Its activity

singing with thankfulness

        1. Its persons (origin & audience)

in your hearts to God.

  1. Do Everything in the Name of the Lord Jesus v. 17

    1. The kinds of actions

And whatever you do, in word or deed,

    1. The stewardship of our actions

do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus,

    1. Our response and crown in our actions

giving thanks to God the Father through him.

For Discussion

  1. What role do the themes of thankfulness and Christ play in these 3 verses? How should each influence our heart (v. 15), mind (v. 16), and actions (v. 17)?

  2. Is the “peace” in v. 15 peace with God, with yourself, or with your neighbor? Consider Col. 1:1, 20-22; 3:11; 3:13.

  3. What is the source of this peace? How do you get it?

  4. What reason does Paul give for us to “let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts?

  5. How do peace and thankfulness work together?

  6. According to v. 16, what role should God’s word hold in our worship services? What is the “Regulative Principle of Worship?”

  7. What guidance does the word “richly” give for determining what teaching, and what songs, should or should not be used in worship?

  8. What are some ways we can teach and admonish one another inside and outside of the worship service?

  9. What are the two ways Paul says we should use God’s word? Are these the only ways to use God’s word?

  10. What is the difference between “teaching” and “admonishing?”

  11. Does Paul require us here to sing only the OT Psalms, or only scripture, or does he require us to sing extrabiblical hymns? Consider Rom. 10:17.

  12. What can we do to be more attentive to God’s word in the worship service, so that we really do sing “with thankfulness in our hearts to God?”

  13. What does it mean to do something “in the name of the Lord Jesus?” What blessings and obligations are implied?

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Tuesday, 03 July 2007 12:00

Colossians 3:15-17
Do Everything in the Name of the Lord Jesus”
Tim Black

  1. Introduction

    1. In verses 12-14 of this chapter, Paul taught us to put on the Christian virtues of “compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience” as the new clothes which fit the new man God has made us to be. Rather than being selfish on the inside and expressing hatred on the outside, as new creatures we should put on selfless love on the inside, and on the outside seek to live lives of thankful blessing. It is to this outward expression of Christian virtue that Paul directs our attention in today’s passage. What are the right ways to express the Christian virtues of “compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience?” Paul tells us three ways we should do this:

    2. Outline

      1. Let the Peace of Christ Rule in Your Hearts v. 15

      2. Let the Word of Christ Dwell in You Richly v. 16

      3. Do Everything in the Name of the Lord Jesus v. 17

        1. As this last exhortation is the more general, I’ve taken it for the title of the sermon.

    3. Divisions

      1. You may wonder whether these verses deserve to be treated as a separate unit in a separate sermon. They certainly continue the general thought of vv. 12-14, but Paul indicates in several ways that vv. 15-17 contain a unique focus.

      2. Boundary markers. That vv. 15-17 are distinct from the verses that precede them can be recognized in several ways. V. 14 placed a capstone on the list of Christian virtues that preceded when it says Over all these put on love.” And v. 15 speaks in a new way. Alexander Maclaren distinguishes the “peace of Christ” in v. 15 from the preceding virtues, saying “In substance it is closely connected with them, though in form it is different, and in sweep is more comprehensive.”1

      3. Internal unity. But the unity of vv. 15-17 can be seen more clearly by considering its contents.

        1. Thankfulness. Each verse of this passage mentions Christian thankfulness. “Be thankful” (15), “gratitude in your hearts” (16), “giving thanks” (17).

        2. Christ. More strikingly, each verse of this passage places Christ prominently at its center. “Peace of Christ” (15), “word of Christ” (16), “name of the Lord Jesus” (17).

        3. Paul’s broader threefold theme. Additionally, Paul’s broader threefold theme of the Christian heart, mind, and life is apparent in these three verses’ respective foci on the Christian’s character (15), conversation (16), and conduct (17), and v. 15 even speaks explicitly of the Christian’s “heart.”

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 July 2007 12:06
Colossians - Book Outline / Study Guide PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 13 June 2007 13:07

Colossians: “How to be a Christian”

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Taken from Tim’s sermon outlines (still a work in progress!)

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