April 1, 2021

What Does Colossians 3:11-12 Mean?

What Does Colossians 3:11-12 Mean?

Colossians 3:11-12 (NIV) 11 Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.

12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

Transcript

Hey, welcome to The Simple Truth. 

In Colossians 3 Paul has been teaching us to symbolically take off our filthy rags from our old life, such as sexual immorality, greed, jealousy, evil speech, lying, and put on the new clothes, or the new life, because you are fully alive in Christ. 

As Paul continues in verse 11, “Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Sithian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.”

Paul’s emphatically stating in the Greek here that it doesn’t matter who you are and here he’s probably mentioning all the different people you’d meet in Colossae. And he’s saying whatever your nationality, education level, social status, Christ considers all these groups equal AND Christ lives equally within us all.  And all that matters is that Christ is in you. And if Christ is fully alive in you, then why would you live the way you did in your old life? It’s not who you are anymore. 

And, verse 12, “Therefore (in other words, because you’ve taken off those filthy rags), as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves (or put on new clothes) with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.Paul refers to you as a follower of Christ with three incredible words: you are chosen, holy (which means set apart by God for God), and you are dearly loved by God.

 

And then Paul gives us 5 characteristics that we are to be clothed in as a Christian. One. compassion, or tenderness of feeling for others. In other words, not selfish. 

Two. Kindness, this word refers to a wine that’s grown mellow with age and lost its bitterness. These are those people that have such a peaceful spirit that you that you love to be around, it’s like Jesus just oozes out of them. 

Three. Humbleness, this is the person who turns the spotlight on Christ or others. It’s not about them. A humble person also realizes their need for a Savior.

Four. Gentleness, this word means strength under control. Like Jesus on the day of crucifixion. 

And Five. Patience. Or a willingness to endure what is wrong. 

So your Simple Truth for today: As a follower of Christ, you are to put on these virtues: compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 

Have a blessed day. I’ll see you again tomorrow.