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Colossians 3: 12 -14 ~ The experiment 12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy Colossians 3: 12 -14 ~ The experiment 12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love which binds them all together in perfect unity. The Great Experiment: Is faith in the person & work of Christ sufficient to noticeably change lives for the better

Colossians 3: 12 -14 ~ The experiment 12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy Colossians 3: 12 -14 ~ The experiment 12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love which binds them all together in perfect unity. Review of 1 -4 & 5 -11

Colossians 3: 12 -14 ~ The experiment 12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy Colossians 3: 12 -14 ~ The experiment 12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves ~~~~~ Endousasqe oun ws eklektoi tou Qeou The idea of putting on or enveloping something in. “Put on the full armor of God. ”

Colossians 3: 12 -14 ~ The experiment 12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy Colossians 3: 12 -14 ~ The experiment 12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves ~~~~~ Endousasqe oun ws eklektoi tou Qeou The word order in the Greek creates a bit of a different nuance of meaning than the NIV text does. The Greek has “Clothe yourselves, therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved. . . ” “He kicked my dog. ” versus “My dog he kicked. ” The Greek emphasizes the action while the English text emphasizes the identity. These characteristics are not automatic, but rather must be actively put on by us. Wedding clothes of Matthew 22: 11 -14?

Colossians 3: 12 -14 ~ The experiment 12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy Colossians 3: 12 -14 ~ The experiment 12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves ~~~~~ Endousasqe oun ws eklektoi tou Qeou This is a “middle” voice, in which the actor both does and receives the action. It is not that God clothes us while we sit passively by, but rather that we put on what God has already provided for us as we seek to walk with Christ. Galatians 5: 22 -23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. ”

Colossians 3: 12 -14 ~ The experiment 12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy Colossians 3: 12 -14 ~ The experiment 12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves ~~~~~ Endousasqe oun ws eklektoi tou Qeou This is a “middle” voice, in which the actor both does and receives the action. It is not that God clothes us while we sit passively by, but rather that we put on what God has already provided for us as we seek to walk with Christ. II Peter 1: 3 -4 His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.

Colossians 3: 12 -14 ~ The experiment 12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy Colossians 3: 12 -14 ~ The experiment 12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves ~~~~~ Endousasqe oun ws eklektoi tou Qeou It is also good to note that the verb is plural and that the list of characteristics are all interactive. You cannot be compassionate without touching others. Living a life that honors Christ cannot be done as a monk.

Colossians 3: 12 -14 ~ The experiment 12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy Colossians 3: 12 -14 ~ The experiment 12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves ~~~~~ Endousasqe oun ws eklektoi tou Qeou Hugonian thinking: 1. The cultural use of the eklektos would included either choosing the best of a group, a sampling or simply taking one’s share, as in a taxation. 2. It is the group that is in view, not the individual. (Israel) 3. We are God’s share of fallen humanity, the example of what God desires humanity to turn out like. We are the experiment of his grace, like Israel was supposed to be. The world is the control group.

Colossians 3: 12 -14 ~ The experiment 12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy Colossians 3: 12 -14 ~ The experiment 12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves ~~~~~ Matthew 5: 14 -16 “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. ”

Colossians 3: 12 -14 ~ The experiment 12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy Colossians 3: 12 -14 ~ The experiment 12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves ~~~~~ Philippians 2: 14 -16 Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked & depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life

Colossians 3: 12 -14 ~ The experiment 12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy Colossians 3: 12 -14 ~ The experiment 12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves ~~~~~ I Peter 2: 9 -12 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul. Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.

Colossians 3: 12 -14 ~ The experiment 12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy Colossians 3: 12 -14 ~ The experiment 12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves ~~~~~ Matthew 20: 25 -28 “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. ” (humility)

Colossians 3: 12 -14 ~ The experiment 12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy Colossians 3: 12 -14 ~ The experiment 12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves ~~~~~ Job Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah. Israel

Colossians 3: 12 -14 ~ The experiment 12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy Colossians 3: 12 -14 ~ The experiment 12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves ~~~~~ “holy” ~ Based upon what they had to kill and rid themselves of in 5 -8, this must be positional; how God views us in Christ. We are and are called to be. Live up to the image. “dearly loved” ~ the idea of cherishing love.

Colossians 3: 12 -14 ~ The experiment 12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy Colossians 3: 12 -14 ~ The experiment 12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion kindness humility gentleness compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. ~~~~~ ~ having strong emotions toward; helping in misfortune ~ actively benefitting others without regard to gain ~ regarding others as being of greater value than yourself ~ not being rough with folks; meekness ~ putting up with a lot.

Colossians 3: 12 -14 ~ The experiment 12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy Colossians 3: 12 -14 ~ The experiment 12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Galatians 5: 22 -23 ~~~~~ In reality, how are we measuring up here. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, compassion How are we perceived? patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, kindness gentleness and self-control. Against such humility things there is no law. 2 Peter 1: 5 -7 gentleness For this very reason, make every effort to patience add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.

Colossians 3: 12 -14 ~ The experiment 12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy Colossians 3: 12 -14 ~ The experiment 12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. ~~~~~ In reality, how are we measuring up here. compassion How are we perceived? kindness humility gentleness “I've long thought that religion has little effect on people's personalities. I've seen patience good people and absolute scum who are Christian, Wiccan, atheist, Muslim, or whatever. ” ~ Eric Marsh Is this a problem of his perception, our performance, or both?

Colossians 3: 12 -14 ~ The experiment compassion kindness humility gentleness patience In reality, Colossians 3: 12 -14 ~ The experiment compassion kindness humility gentleness patience In reality, how are we measuring up here. How are we perceived? Gandhi ~ "Oh, I don't reject Christ. I love Christ. It's just that so many of you Christians “I've long thought that religion has little are so unlike Christ. " personalities. I've seen effect on people's “Ifgood people and absolute scum who are Christians would really live according to Christian, Wiccan, atheist, Muslim, or the teachings of Christ, as found in the Bible, ~ Eric allwhatever. ” of India would be Christian today, ” Marsh Is this a problem of his perception, our performance, or both?

Colossians 3: 12 -14 ~ The experiment 12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy Colossians 3: 12 -14 ~ The experiment 12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. ~~~~~ ~ put up with / endure ~ the idea of grace is conveyed ~ the idea of a pardon ~ the stuff we bicker about ~ surrender your rights in the light God’s sovereignty. ~ there is no mention of apology

Colossians 3: 12 -14 ~ Clothing 12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and Colossians 3: 12 -14 ~ Clothing 12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. ~~~~~ Are there any exception, then, at all, even one? I’m still looking. . .

Colossians 3: 12 -14 ~ Clothing 12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and Colossians 3: 12 -14 ~ Clothing 12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. ~~~~~ Are there any exception, then, at all, even one? In reality, how are we measuring up here. How are we perceived?

Colossians 3: 12 -14 ~ The experiment 12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy Colossians 3: 12 -14 ~ The experiment 12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love which binds them all together in perfect unity. ~~~~~ completeness, perfectness, spoken of that which has reached its full and intended end

Colossians 3: 12 -14 ~ The experiment 12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy Colossians 3: 12 -14 ~ The experiment 12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love which binds them all together in perfect unity. ~~~~~ Love which requires self-denial and compassionate devotion

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