But the life of the heart is not to hate and to love, because hatred is not the true object of the heart. Read Colossians 1:8 commentary using Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament. The Spirit had produced such love in them, for they had been responsive to the Spirit"s instruction concerning the why"s and how"s of true love (1 Corinthians 13:4-8; 1 John 4:11; John 13:34-35; Galatians 5:16-26; Galatians 6:1-8). (8) Who also declared unto us.—This refers to news recently brought by Epaphras to St. Paul at Rome. John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament, Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible, Justin Edwards' Family Bible New Testament, John Eadie's Commentary on Galatians, Ephesians, Colossians and Philippians, Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament, George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, Stanley Derickson - Notes on Selected Books. To all these something corrupt, sordid, and vicious always adheres. As Cardinal Glick (George Carlin) put it, “Christ didn’t come to Earth to give us the willies… He came to help us out. Epaphras told Paul about their “love in the Spirit,” grounded in the Holy Spirit. But it also appears that such love was directed towards Paul and Timothy. VII. Your love in the Spirit — Your love wrought in you by the Spirit. It will not be contested that thought is the life of the intellect, for the one separated from the other is nothing: and so with the life of the heart--love. This ‘love’ is that spoken of in Colossians 1:4, but here described as to its source and sphere; it was in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit; comp. Commentary on Colossians 1:1-14 View Bible Text . (e) Your spiritual love, or your love which comes from the Spirit. Colossians 1 – The Greatness of Jesus Christ A. Greeting and giving of thanks. Genesis 1:1-8 (1979-82 Audio) (Chuck Smith) Revelation 2 (All) (Dr. J. Vernon McGee) Revelation 1 [1990s] (Chuck Missler) Genesis 4-5 (1979-82 Audio) (Chuck Smith) Study Resources:: Text Commentaries:: Chuck Smith:: Colossians ← Back to Chuck Smith's Bio & Resources. He told us. This love, then, is--. Then naturally he tells the reason, but the telling of the reason in full prevents him from recording at once what formed the theme of his prayer. 6 Which is come vnto you as it is in all the world, and bringeth foorth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day yee heard of it, and knew the grace of God in trueth, 7 As yee also learned of Epaphras our deare felow seruant, who is for you a faithfull Minister of Christ: 8 Who also declared vnto vs your loue in the spirit. "In the Spirit" indicates our love - true love comes from God rather from our magnanimousness. III. Ver. If therefore a man wants the principal life for which he has received all others, and does not love, he is dead. Paul wroteto the Christians who lived in the city called Colossae. Your love in the Spirit.—“In the Spirit” is “in the grace of the Holy Ghost”—the Spirit of love. Colossians 4:12), and had brought tidings respecting the Colossian Christians. Lohse, Edward Colossians and Philemon: A Commentary on the Epistles to the Colossians and Philemon. Now, spiritual love is of such a nature as has no view to the world, but is consecrated to the service of piety, (286) and has, as it were, an internal root, while carnal friendships depend on external causes. Yes, we do; and it is just as deceptive and dangerous! Colossians 1:1-8, Love, Faith, Hope, and Truth! The difficult ones are the ones that happen back home. Matter is of value as it does service to the intellect, and the intellect is degraded when it does not terminate in love. Your love in the Spirit - So we preached, and so ye believed. Colossians 2:1-7 Wisdom in Christ. It was in the valley of the riverLycus. Epaphras had been careful to emphasize this side of their character. So it does, for we cannot love a thing without hating its opposite. In Colossians 1:3, the apostle intimates that as he prayed, he gave thanks for them. Hell is the absence of this love. 1. App-101. Colossians 1:1-8 New International Version (NIV). See on 1 Corinthians 1:11. By the will of God - This phrase ought to be the watchword of every Christian, the "warp and the woof (weft)" undergirding all our daily activities, all our goals and aspirations, etc. See ch. Home >> Bible Studies >> Colossians Series >> Colossians 1:1-8. Choose Verse. The phrase is not to be limited to love to the Apostle, nor weakened into ‘spiritual, sincere love.’ Notice: the Apostle commends where he can, even when he must also rebuke. 8 Who also declared unto us your love in the Spirit. It was a large and wealthy city for manycen… We … The prayers of righteous men and women will always be effective, for the God they pray to, is the same God who holds the universe together (Colossians 1:17). Having heard of their fervent trust in the Lord Jesus Christ and their love for one another, we read that Paul prayed often for the Colossians Christians. Besides being taught by the Spirit, it is also a "spiritual love", for it isn"t based upon worldly considerations, i.e. Your love. ῾ο καὶ δηλώσας ἡμῖν τὴν ὑμῶν ἀγάπην ἐν πνεύματι —“Who has besides made known to us your love in the Spirit.”It narrows the meaning too much to restrict this love to … It was not mere natural affection, but love worked in their hearts by the agency of the Holy Spirit. 1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timotheus our brother, 2 To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. What a wonderful testimony to these saints, and what a challenge to all who are saved by the blood of the Lamb. Colossians 1:8 Context. ., and perhaps by in Colossians 1:9. is added to show that this love is in the Holy Spirit. in the Spirit—the sphere or element IN which alone true love is found; as distinguished from the state of those "in the flesh" (Ro 8:9). But the language of the apostle does not warrant such a sense except by inference. T HEOPHILUS OF A NTIOCH [To Autolychus, 2, p. 100]. Colossians 1:8. may be taken in the general sense of Colossians 1:4, though many think it is their love to Paul that is meant; and this is favoured by . “in the Spirit.” This is the only place in Colossians that mentions the Holy Spirit. Others understand it of the affection which they had for St. Paul. Matter and form are far inferior to knowledge, and knowledge cannot be put on a level with love. 2. The apostle rejoiced over the fact that the Colossians lived. “He that dwelleth in love, dwelleth in God, and God in him.”. "[18] Paul declared that "love" was the first fruit of the Holy Spirit; and thus this verse is a testimony to the Spirit's work in the hearts of the Colossians (Galatians 5:22). Worldly love arises either from views of interest or from conformity of manners; carnal, from the appetite for pleasure. Then that which constitutes, the value of each of these lives is its relation to a superior life. I. (Bishop Davenant.). It is the offspring of spiritual influence in a heart so full of antagonism by nature to what is good and pure. Today this area is part of the country that is called Turkey. Chapter 1. Whenever we travel, problems inevitably arise. The Bible exposition commentary (Vol. (e) Your spiritual love, or your love which comes from the Spirit. We see that "love" is a fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22. These recorded prayers also serve as good measuring-sticks for Christians today. INTRODUCTION. 1. Now, however, in Colossians 1:9, he reverts to the contents of his supplications, and he says that he asked from God, for the Colossians, blessings fitted for mind, heart, and conduct,-a higher degree of knowledge, holiness, usefulness, persistence, and strength-all of them at once gifts of present possession, and elements of preparation too for future blessedness-all of them provided by the Father, and enjoyed by those who have been translated into the kingdom of His Son. Compare Galatians 5:22. Who also declared unto us your love in the Spirit. 2, p. 103). Colossians 1:8 Context. Internet Verse Search Commentaries Word Analysis ITL - draft. 3 We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, and is the expression equivalent to spiritual love? VI. It was 160 kilometres(100 miles) east of the city called Ephesus. Who also declared unto us your love in the Spirit. Compare Galatians 5:22. Colossians 1 Resources - Multiple Sermons and Commentaries; Colossians 1:1-2 Introduction to Colossians - John MacArthur; IF GOD WILLS. Who also declared unto us your love in the Spirit. Colossians 1:8, ESV: "and has made known to us your love in the Spirit." Now some might argue with that, but Paul saw love as proceeding from the Spirit. Colossians 1:4. Beginning at verse 15, however, and continuing through verse 20, Christ"s Pre-eminence is set forth. Buried with him in baptism - Alluding to the immersions practised in the case of adults, wherein the person appeared to be buried under the Water, as Christ was buried in the heart of the earth. Therefore the word spirit is taken in the same sense as in 1 Corinthians 5:3. By the way, that reference in verse 8 is the only time the Holy Spirit is referred to in this letter. And since we have been recipients of such love, we need to share it with others. They enjoyed a spiritual, energetic ministry, and they were a spiritual people; they had a loving spirit, and love through the Spirit of God which dwelt in them. Epaphras was with Paul at Rome (chap. The phrase “in the Spirit” seems to mark two things. [Thanksgiving and Prayer. Man has several lives, that of the animal, since he has a body; that of the intellect, since he thinks; that of the heart, since he loves. When Epaphras declared their “love in the Spirit,” he spoke of the result, and from such a result it was at once inferred what a Divine change had been wrought, and how the elements of that change had been surely and successively developed and matured. This affirmation is to be proved. Some will say that it hates also. Colossians 2:1; Colossians 2:5. Colossians … When we strive for “spiritual perfection” or “spiritual fullness ” by means of formulas, disciplines, or rituals, we go backward instead of forward. 8. Who also declared unto us] His heart was over joyed with his people’s forwardness, and he could not but impart it to the apostle. "Who also declared unto us your love in the Spirit.". Colossians 1:1-8. Or made manifest. The hatred which springs not from love is not the life but the death of the heart; as error is not the life of reason. Faithful congregations still exist, false doctrine still threatens many congregations. When we pray for Christians in other regions, we should make sure that we are touching upon the same needs and concerns that Paul mentioned. These small group studies of Colossians contain outlines, cross-references, Bible study discussion questions, and applications. Colossians 1:8. by Grant Richison | Apr 29, 1996 | Colossians | 0 comments. Hence observe the dignity of Christian love. ᾿εν will not stand for διά, as Grotius renders it. Nor can we with Wolf and others regard it as in tacit contrast to ἐν σαρκί, a love based on domestic or national ties; or as if the meaning were-a love to the absent apostle which must be spiritual, as they had never seen his face in the flesh. Faithfulness runs through every character and relation of the Christian life. Faithfulness runs through every character and relation of the Christian life. Who also declared (ο και δηλωσας — ho kai dēlōsas). The other reason why the love of the Colossians is said to be in the spirit is special, and hath respect to Paul himself; for, they had never seen Paul, but had only heard of him through Epaphras and others. Hatred forms the ashes of the fire which love kindles, but it is not on those ashes that the heart lives. Read the letter to the Colossians as it was intended … a letter from one dear friend to another. Your charity for all men, founded on the love of God. The Spirit of Him who is Love takes possession of the believing bosom, and exerts upon it His own assimilating power. Commentary on Colossians 1:1-8 (Read Colossians 1:1-8) All true Christians are brethren one to another. Articular first aorist active participle of δηλοω — dēloō old verb, to make manifest. But this was a commendable practice of Epaphras to relate to St Paul the good he found in his people, that he by an Epistle might further encourage and quicken them. the words of praise in chap. Let it be noted that the great heros of the Bible were men and women who prayed (Daniel 6:10; Matthew 14:23; James 5:17). Your love in the Spirit; your Christian fellowship and affection. "Paul"s 218-word sentence starts here at verse 9 and reaches through verse 20. Situations regarding our own travel we tend to be able to handle. Pericope. His rising again the third any, and their emerging from the water, was an emblem of the resurrection of the body; and, in them, of a total change of life. Translated by W R. Poehlmann and R. J. Karris. In Him we know what love is, but it was manifested in Him that it might be diffused. Ready? To under-estimate the power of prayer is to under-estimate the power of God. Who also declared unto us your love in the Spirit - The love wrought in you by the Holy Spirit. Is prayer nothing more than an "internal pep rally"? Visit our library of inductive Bible studies for more in depth inductive studies on this and other books of the Bible you can use in your small group. ... Colossians 1:8 Who also declared unto us your love in the Spirit. For our spirit is the better part of us which the Spirit of God has come to set at liberty, that part of our being which holds communion with God. Read Introduction to Colossians “who also declared to us your love in the Spirit.” “who also declared to us your love” Epaphras told Paul and his companions that the Colossians loved them. (1-2) Paul greets the Christians in Colosse. —Brotherly love, the impartation of the Holy Spirit. First, it seems to mark the fact that the Colossians love Paul and Timothy despite never having met them. The more it is seen in its vivid sympathies with all that is fair and God-like, the more its genial harmonies pervade the churches, the more its chivalrous impulses are felt, the more token is there that the Spirit of God has been in powerful and characteristic operation, and therefore as the true summation or totality of its various spiritual gifts, a Christian community may be congratulated on its love. He had been a minister in St. Paul’s stead; he now, like Timothy afterwards, visited him to give account of his deputed work. Your love (Colossians 1:4) - "to all the saints.". Colossians 1:9-14 Four Ways to Please God. The love of which the apostle speaks is love in the spirit. Colossians 1:24-29 Suffering For The Sake of The Gospel. (2) He declares his good will towards them, telling them that they must not still remain at one place, but go on further both in the knowledge of the Gospel, and also in the true use of it. In Colossians 1:1-8, the Apostle Paul’s shows how the Gospel of Life is 1) Received by Faith (Colossians 1:1–4a), 2) Rests in Hope(Colossians 1:5-8), and 3) Results in Love (Colossians 1:4b). Not only their love to God, and Christ, and to all the saints, which is before mentioned, but their love to the apostle; though they had only heard of him, and of his great capacity for, and faithfulness and usefulness in preaching of the Gospel, which had greatly endeared him to them. I.e. (A. Vinet, D. D.), The first, a general one, which regards the very nature of love: to wit, because the Holy Spirit is the author of it; and also because love flows from spiritual heart, i.e., from a heart regenerated and renewed. Love is the first-fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22). Or made manifest. Galatians 5:22; Romans 15:13. Colossians 2:8-15 False Teachers Who Kidnapped Converts. Interlinear Bible for Colossians 1:8: Who xurao (#3588) also kai (#2532) declared deloo (#1213) unto us hemin (#2254) your humon (#5216) love agape (#26) in en (#1722) the Spirit. This, he says, was in the Spirit; it was spiritual love, to distinguish it from a carnal and worldly one; they loved him for the spiritual grace that was in him, the spiritual gifts bestowed on him, the spiritual service he was engaged in, and the spiritual usefulness he was of: or they loved him in, and with their spirits, with all their hearts, sincerely, and without dissimulation; and though they had never seen him in the flesh, yet being, as it were, present with him in spirit, their affections were knit unto him: or this their love was "in the Holy Spirit", as the Ethiopic version reads it; it was a fruit of the Spirit of God, which he had implanted in their hearts in regeneration, as is also love to God, and likewise to Christ. ῾ο καὶ δηλώσας ἡμῖν τὴν ὑμῶν ἀγάπην ἐν πνεύματι—“Who has besides made known to us your love in the Spirit.” It narrows the meaning too much to restrict this love to the apostle himself and Timothy—“your love to us.” Yet this is the view of the great majority of expositors, from Chrysostom in early times, and Erasmus and Grotius in later days, down to Bähr, Böhmer, Steiger, Huther, and Baumgarten-Crusius. Colossians 1:8. Who also declared unto us your love in the Spirit.] COLOSSIANS Commentary by A. R. F AUSSETT. Love is the first and chief fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22). spirit. Yet even they needed to be stirred up to greater love (Colossians 3:12-14). Paul's Thanksgiving and Prayer for the Church: NETBible. And of this love of theirs in the Spirit, and particularly towards the apostle, Epaphras gave full proof, not only by describing to the apostle the affection they felt for him, but in presenting to him those supplies which their love to him caused them to furnish. Like the Colossians, today we have a great fondness for men like Paul and Timothy, because we love what they stood for, we love the characteristics they demonstrated and we admire their devotion to God. Some claim that "prayer" is simply a positive mental exercise to psych yourself up to do something. To give this phrase, as in the opinion of Rosenmüller, a-Lapide, Trollope, and others, the mere sense of true Christian love, is a weak dilution. 1. (St. John Chrysostom). More Colossians commentaries. 2. Go! 2. Colossians 1:8 who also declared unto us your love in the Spirit. But Christian love arises from the Holy Spirit, and is altogether full of holiness and purity. But love is regarded as the crown and consequence of all the other graces, and the mention of it presupposed their lively and effective exercise. Colossians 1:8, KJV: "Who also declared unto us your love in the Spirit." Christian believers must beware of mixing their Christian faith with In the Spirit - the element IN which alone true love is found (Romans 14:17; Romans 15:30), as distinguished from that of those "in the flesh" (Romans 8:9). 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