Knowing Him

Instructions for the Church

I love marking my Bible as I study it! This has become a critical tool in my efforts to correctly handle the word of truth.

One particular component of scripture I like to mark as I study the New Testament (especially the epistles) are any commands the author gives their recipients. Then, I can go back and make a list of all the commands I’ve observed.

By doing this, we are able to gain much insight into how we, as the church, are to live in a way that is pleasing to the Lord.

Here are the commands that Paul gives to the church in Colossae:

3:1 ..if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.

3:2 Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.

3:5 Consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed which amounts to idolatry.

3:9 Do not lie to one another since you laid aside the old self with it’s evil practices, and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him..

3:12 Put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other..

3:13 just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.

3:14 Put on love which is the perfect bond of unity.

3:15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts.

3:15 Be thankful.

3:16 Let the Word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs.

3:17 Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus

3:18 Wives, be subject to your husbands as is fitting in the Lord.

3:19 Husbands love your wives and do not be embittered against them.

3:20 Children, be obedient to your parents in all things, for this is well-pleasing to the Lord.

3:21 Fathers, do not exasperate your children, so that they will not lose heart.

3:22 Slaves, in all things obey those who are your masters on earth, not with external servies, as those who merely please men, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord.

3:23 Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men.

4:1 Masters, grant to your slaves justice and fairness, knowing that you too have a Master in heaven.

4:2 Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving.

4:5 Conduct yourselves with wisdom towards outsiders, making the most of the opportunity.

4:6 Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.

One thought on “Instructions for the Church

  1. One statement is enough for a mature and evolved spirit to understand the immortal importance of a sentence, of a written line, due to its indestructible invaluable content that teaches how the spirit should act to develop the inner God, or to turn into Spirit and Truth, or to realise in it the teachings of the Bible – YOU ARE GODS.
    There are people who devour books, searching for religions, sects and banners, listening to the incarnate and the discarnate, but they do not change inwardly and do not really blossom… They are like mediocrity that goes around the PERFECTION, without ever reaching it…
    The Exemplary Word warned these people, by saying: “The Kingdom of God is inside each one, it does not come with external signs.”
    Therefore, those who do not know how to LOOK FOR THEMSELVES, and have not FOUND THEIMSELVES yet, will have to search high and low, hovering unhappily, in the kingdom of emptiness and painful doubts.
    An old initiatic saying teaches: “The good disciple awaits doing good.”
    The Exemplary Word also taught: “Upon your patience you shall build your souls.”
    These abstracts say to the immature, to those empty spirits: “Learn how to run to your inner self, because it is there that God has placed His Divine Virtues, which, when blossomed, will make you a TOTAL ONE, GOD IN GOD, BECAUSE NO ONE WILL BE CHILD OF GOD ETERNALLY.”
    However, let us remember these wise words: “One word to those who understand it is worth a whole speech to those who do not understand it.”

    All the best. With love, Neil.

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