"Easter!" One of the final things that Paul mentions in this passage is love (Colossians 3:14). No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording or otherwise without the prior permission of the author, except as provided by U.S.A. copyright laws. The apostle still continues his exhortation-. If we disagree without love, then we project ourselves out of the will of God. Rather, it is practical, concrete and demonstrated. Huther takes the neuter ὅ as referring to the preceding clause,-love, the putting on of which is the bond of perfection. Love is the crown; it tops off, as it were, all of the other virtues, tying them all together. Is it not more often as just another commodity to do with as individuals will? "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". And to all these add. Those who are the elect of God, holy and beloved, ought to be lowly and compassionate towards all. As the robe we put over our clothes is greater and larger than our other clothing, so charity has a much greater extent than any of the before-mentioned virtues, II. God responds to those who make Him the focus of their lives, and this is who we exhibit. Colossians 3:12, "elect of God, holy and beloved;" Colossians 2:12); so Rome's plea for justification by works is vain. Charity - the crowning grace which covers others' sins (1 Peter 4:8), must overlie all the graces enumerated. Without strong spiritual control, those traits tend to descend into competitiveness, anger, wrath, malice, dissembling, accusation, slander, and foul talk. Besides the other virtues, put on love, which is the last and best virtue. Why are you so critical of others? 1974. Most people would say hate. ‘Without love there is no perfectness; since this has its conditio sine qua non in the including of all its other parts in love’ (Meyer) The principal grace is here named last, as if it were supplementary, because of the figure. It has been taken as genitive of the object, but the objection (Luther, Ol., Haupt) that the bond binds the virtues into a unity but does not bind together the unity itself is forcible. 1871-8. βραβεύειν; cf. Paul's salutation to the Colossian Christians. 1999-2014. perfectness, Greek. Largely, our judgment by our Savior hangs on the quality of our relationships. For as he elsewhere urges (1 Corinthians 8:1),” Knowledge puffs up, charity builds up;” knowledge gains a fancied perfection, charity a real perfection. The Fruit of the Spirit: Love. Love and its works 'perfect' - i:e., evidence, maturity of faith (Matthew 5:44; Matthew 5:48, "Love ... be ye ... perfect," etc. Bowels of mercies, kindness. Seeing this, we realize that overcoming them will take a great deal of work—and work requires discipline. They make us wonder whether we will be acceptable before God. God's Spirit empowers us to use these qualities to overcome the ill will and the bitter, passionate rages that lead to clamorous slander, destroying reputations. ἀγ., for love itself is the σύνδ.— σύδεσμος τῆς τελειότητος. Colossians 3:14 and above all these things {put on} love, which is the bond of perfectness. "WHICH IS THE BOND OF PERFECTNESS"-"which binds together and completes the whole" (Con); "which binds everything together in perfect harmony" (RSV). Notice how many active words Paul uses in Colossians 3:1-17 to describe what a Christian must be doing: Paul makes sure we understand that we must actively participate in order to grow. The things I do want to do, I do not do." This is why Paul writes in Romans 7:15-23, "The things that I do not want to do, I do. If God so loves us, then we ought to love each other (I John 4:11). People demonstrate many of these qualities from the motivation of "see how good I am doing, obviously, I am better than you." Read Introduction to Colossians. Darby Not only did this great love save us from the coming wrath of God for sin and injustice, but it showed us what true love is.

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