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Section IIIB

Working out your Salvation

In fellowship (2)


Study B2

Put on

Study B2 In fellowship (2)

Put on

Lie not one to another seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man which is renewed in knowledge after the image of Him that created him. Where there is neither Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian bond nor free but Christ is all in all. Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also are ye called in one body; and be ye thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

Having mentioned that we have put on Christ we are now exhorted to put on those things which correspond to our profession. These qualities are diametrically opposite to those qualities we are exhorted to put off in vv5-8.

B2.1 As Holy and Beloved

To be holy is to be set a apart. For example holy matrimony is when one man and one woman are set apart for each other. We are set apart for Christ. This is achieved not by anything we have done but what Christ has done for us through the cross and applied to us at new birth.

The epistle to the Hebrews makes this abundantly clear.

Above all when He said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not neither hadst pleasure therein ; which are offered by the Law. Then said He: Lo, I come to do Thy will O God . He taketh away the first that He may establish the second. By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once [and] for all [time].

Further we become His peculiar people, in order to shew forth His praises.

But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood an holy nation, a peculiar people that ye should shew forth the praises of Him, Who hath called you out of darkness into His marvellous light.
I Pet.2:9

Having been set apart for the Lord we should therefore walk as we begun, Col.2:6, and not allow anything to take us off that ground. Let  not let any philosophy, law or mystical ways take us from all that we are in Christ.

Let us remain set apart for Christ and not for any of these empty and worthless distractions.

B2.2 Bowels of mercies and kindness

Bowels of kindness meaning heart of compassion. It infers a consistent attitude of heart. An example would be the reaction of Joseph when he saw his younger brother Benjamin, Gen. 43:29-30.
Kindness, being the very opposite to malice, is to do good to others.

The classic example is the Good Samaritan, Lk.10;25-37. His compassion led to him being kind. It didn’t matter the man’s ethnic background, religious persuasion or political allegiance. The Samaritan saw the need and met it as he was able to.

Whosoever hath this world’s goods and seeth His brother have need and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children let us not love in word neither in tongue but in deed and truth.
I Jn.3:17-18

B2.3 Humbleness of mind, meekness

We are to put on humbleness of mind. Unlike the false teachers (Col.2:18;23), who put on false humility for whatever ends they have in mind. True humility is the opposite to what the world esteems; they go after pride and domination of others.

The child of God is to be genuinely humble. He doesn’t think of himself more highly than he ought, Rom.12:3, and to think of others better than himself, Phil.2:3. He also prefers one other above one’s self, Rom.12:10.

Meekness. Moses was said to be meek above all men, Num.11:3. This was said in the light of Aaron’s and Miriam’s provocation and challenge to their brother regarding his leadership. Moses’ reaction was not to justify himself rather it was to intercede for his siblings when God struck Miriam with leprosy.

In NT language, to suffer the wrong for the sake of love for the brethren, cf. I Cor 6:1-8.. In short we are to look out for the interest of others above our own.

B2.4 Longsuffering & forbearing one another

Longsuffering. Vine says this: the quality of self-restraint in the face of provocation, which does not hastily retaliate or promptly punish.

One thinks of Hosea who despite his wife’s unfaithfulness, does not reject her, but redeems her from the market and restores her to the position of his wife. Of course the greatest example of longsuffering is God who patiently worked through time to enable our salvation. The reality of which Hosea’s story was but a faint picture.

Forbearing (=enduring) one another. This we are to do in love ( Eph.4:2). God’s forbearance doesn’t mean he lets us off our sin, rather He endures us so that we have chance to come to repentance. There will come a time when that will end.

We too are to endure with one another. Whatever they may have done, we are not to retaliate but to endure as God did/ does for us.