No Partiality

Scott Hoezee

Read: Colossians 3:23–4:1 For the wrongdoer will be paid back for the wrong he has done, and there is no partiality. (v. 25) We pondered yesterday how to make sense of Paul’s apparent acceptance of slavery. But Paul was not quite finished with that topic. In fact, what he says next may mean that for Christians, the master-slave relationship might just have to end. Paul said to work honestly. He noted that those who do wrong would be punished and …

House Rules

Scott Hoezee

Read: Colossians 3:18-24 You are serving the Lord Christ. (v. 24) Yesterday we noted Paul’s claim that Christian living involves everything. Next Paul said that this most certainly includes what goes on within our homes. It would be easy to get distracted by two things here: first, the call for wives to be submissive, and second, the call for slaves to be obedient. The one seems to reinforce male domination, and the other seems to approve of an institution we …

Everything

Scott Hoezee

Read: Colossians 3:12-17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (v. 17) Verse 17 caps off this remarkable set of verses we have spent the last four days savoring. After going through that whole wardrobe of Christ and telling the Colossians to be gentle, forgiving, and filled with the peace and the word of Christ, it all comes down to this: do …

Richly Dwelling

Scott Hoezee

Read: Colossians 3:15-16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly. (v. 16) The Gospel of John tells us that Jesus was originally “the Word” who had been with God in the beginning. That Word was made flesh, lived among us, and then spoke many more words of life. Paul now told the Colossians to “let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.” What “word” might that be? Jesus himself? The collective “word” that is the gospel? Probably …

Peace

Scott Hoezee

Read: Colossians 3:15-16 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts. (v. 15) The Hebrew word shalom often gets translated as “peace.” But if we think of this “peace” only as a lack of conflict—a time without war or “peace and quiet” at home—then we are missing the richness of what God desires. Yes, God’s desired shalom means an end to conflict, but it also is more active than that. Shalom means a world where every person and …

A Gentle Ensemble

Scott Hoezee

Read: Colossians 3:12-14 Put on then . . . compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. (v. 12) We have all seen enough paintings of Jesus as to think we know what Jesus looked like. We picture him as having wavy hair, a nicely trimmed beard, and wearing a white tunic. That may or may not be accurate as to what Jesus looked like physically, but what about his spiritual wardrobe? What did Jesus “look like” in terms of his …