Colossians 3:6-3:8

Sunday, October 7th, 2012

Text: Colossians 3:6-8




As the result of the work accomplished by Christ on their behalf, the Colossian believers are to be seeking those things which are above (3:1-4). As part of their seeking the things which are above, they are to put off things characteristic of their old sin natures (3:5-11) and to put on things characteristic of their new sinless, Christlike natures (3:12-17).

Inasmuch as believers have been raised together with Christ (2:12-13), they are to -


Furthermore, we see that believers are to -


Last week we looked at verse 5 which says, 5 Mortify (i.e. put to death once and for all time) therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry.

Colossians 3:6-11 - 6 For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: 7 In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them. 8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. 9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; 10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: 11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.

Your members which are upon the earth refers to the sins listed which used to characterize their lives prior to their salvation.

Paul specifies fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness. The first four terms refer to sexual immorality; whereas, covetousness refers to the desire to get things which one is not entitled to have.

Which is idolatry refers to covetousness.

We move on to verse 6 -

Colossians 3:6 For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:

For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience.

For which things' sake is because of which things, on account of which things, or for the sake of which things, where which things refers to things such as fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness mentioned in verse 5.

It is because of such things as these that the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience.

By the wrath of God the Apostle Paul means the anger of God or the indignation of God, which is not so much the result of an angry outburst or fit of anger but is rather the result of an angry frame of mind or disposition which is directed against sin and those who practice sin.

Cometh is simply is coming and implies that God's wrath is on its way and will soon be here.

On the children of disobedience indicates the ones upon whom the wrath of God is coming.

The children is the term ordinarily translated the sons and should be understood in this sense here as well.

Of disobedience is used to characterize the children or the sons. They are those people who are characterized by disobedience. The appears before disobedience in the Greek text, which indicates that it is a particular disobedience which characterizes these individuals. In the New Testament the supreme act of disobedience is always regarded as disbelief in the gospel, rejection of the gospel, or unbelief in the gospel. It is because of their rejection of the gospel message that the wrath of God is ultimately going to come upon these people. As a result of their rejection of the gospel message, they are still in their sins and on their way to a Christless eternity in hell.

In I Corinthians 6:9-10 , Paul wrote that those who commit sins such as these will not inherit the kingdom of God; but in I Corinthians 6:11 , he wrote that although the believers in Corinth were guilty of these sins in the past, their salvation changed everything. They were washed (i.e. cleansed by the blood of Christ), sanctified (i.e. set apart by the Holy Spirit for God's use), and justified (i.e. declared righteous by God the Father). I Corinthians 6:9-11 - (9) Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,

(10) Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

(11) And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

Colossians 3:7 In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.

In the which is simply in which meaning in which things and has reference to the things which were mentioned in verse 5 which the believers are to put to death, i.e. to fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and idolatry.

Ye also walked speaks of the walk of life and means you also lived your lives or you also conducted your lives.

Some time means once, formerly, or at some time or other of the past.

When ye lived in them is when you were living in them or when you used to live in them. The tense of lived indicates continuing or repeated action in past time. Prior to their salvation, these varying sins that the believers are now to put off were characteristic of their lives, but God saved them from (or out of) these sins; and they are not to allow these sins to go on characterizing their lives any longer.

Colossians 3:8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.

Now is emphatic and means now at this time.

Ye is likewise emphatic.

Also suggests that the believers must put off the sins in the following list as well as putting off the sins in the preceding list.

Put off literally means take off. When used figuratively as here, it means to lay aside or rid yourselves of as if one were taking off old, worn out garments so that they might be thrown away. The believer is to take these things off or rid himself of these things. The tense of put off indicates that its action is to be undertaken at once and without delay. It is not something done continuously or repeatedly. Furthermore, put off is not a suggestion; it is a command or imperative.

All these refers to the sins that follow. The believer is not told how to put these things off, just as he was not told how to mortify the things which are characteristic of his old nature. However, it is clear from a study of the Scriptures that the way one puts off these things is the same way he puts on Christlikeness. It is made clear in a passage such as Romans 13:14 - (14) But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.

He is to put on Christ or the things that are characteristic of Christ by submitting himself to the teaching of the Word of God, thereby, feeding his new sinless, Christlike nature. Meanwhile, he is to be starving his old sin nature by refusing to feed it. There follows a catalog of sins in this verse that the believers are to put off once and for all.

It helps to avoid situations where you expose yourself to temptations just like you would avoid exposing yourself to a contagious disease.

First is anger, which means indignation or wrath. It is the same term used of the wrath of God and speaks of a settled condition of hostility directed toward another.

The believer is also to put off wrath which speaks of an emotional outburst of anger. It is turbulent emotion, a boiling over of the temper, or agitation that one feels on the inside. It may come as a quick emotional reaction toward something in life.

Malice is badness, faultiness, or wickedness. It is an ill will, malignity, or desire to injure another.

Blasphemy is slander. When translated blasphemy, it is ordinarily used of slander toward God and the things of God. However, the context here does not make it clear that this slander is directed toward God. For this reason, it may instead mean slander directed toward some person.

Filthy communication is obscene speech, dirty talk, evil speech, or abusive speech.

Out of your mouth indicates the source of this abusive, filthy, or evil speech. Since it comes out of the mouth, it is characteristic of the heart. Thus, the problem is that the believer needs to deal with his heart so that these things are no longer found in his heart and, therefore, do not slip out of his mouth.

Matthew 15:17-20 - 17 Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught? 18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. 19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: 20 These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.