We've now made it to the conclusion of Paul's Epistle to the Colossians. Throughout, the Apostle has clearly expressed his personal love for these faithful Christians along with giving them this profound mystery. Everything in our lives hinges upon how we respond to this revelation. For our focus now can be more on how to express to others the impression Christ makes in us. It goes without saying, our people need to see Christ in us, but how? Paul concludes by showing us how to make the invisible God, visible in our lives.
16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
Wisdom is expressed simply by taking Christ's words to heart and living your life based upon them. Again we are brought to this important Greek term logos translated "word". This term seems to consistently reoccur in crucial areas in the New Testament which deal with the actual application of His Word to our daily lives. Not to mention, how the first verse of the Gospel of John says, "In the beginning was the LOGOS..." in reference to Christ of course. Paul is just further deepening the overall message of this Epistle, "Christ in you", so that we will "Let the Logos" have His way in us.
I JOHN 4:17
17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.
Something you must always keep in mind is that the effective Christian life begins by voluntarily submitting to the reality that He is in you. The way to have a lasting effect on others is by operating under the possession of the Holy Spirit. This supernaturally occurs by just letting Him move in and through your life to the point where it just feels natural. "LET" HIM HAVE HIS WAY IN YOU AND OTHERS CAN'T HELP BUT BE AFFECTED.
Living the Christian life is allowing the Logos to"dwell in you" which is Strong's Exhaustive Concordance #1774, to inhabit. It's beyond just being a hearer and Christ visiting you from time to time. This is being a doer of the Word by inviting Christ to take over His temple which is your body. How can we know if this is occuring in you? Because in some way, you are "teaching and admonishing" others to release Christ in them- making the invisible visible. This is when other whites feel something from you that they want for themselves deep within. Your life can be like a song which is "admonishing" others, Strong's Exhaustive Concordance #3560 which is to put in mind. Others may not be able to put a finger on what is going on, but inwardly they crave what you have. CHRIST IN THEM IS BEING STIRRED.
A way to make Christ known is through our words. But these brethren Paul is addressing weren't all walking around with a copy of their favorite version of the Bible. There has to be more going on here than just words on a page or scroll. This is speaking of more than just words, it's something of substance, power, and feeling. This flows from within because Christ's Spirit has control of your heart. Putting "the word of Christ" to use through "wisdom" can't help but result in joy, favor, and the blessings of God. But it doesn't come through forcing things. We "Let" God's Spirit "dwell in" us by embracing the substance of Christ through the changes we make in ourselves for the better. This "singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord" is from knowing that you have the power to change and become everything He wants you to be. It's impossible to keep from celebrating when God is doing incredible things in your life.
To those who are yielded to Christ, there wil be an outward manifestation or proof that will eventually come forth. For Him to "dwell in you richly in all wisdom" is Strong's Exhaustive Concordance #4146- abundantly. Our people don't need to see us down and defeated, moping around just as they are. They need to see one abounding in wisdom, producing spiritual and even, material fruit. And along the way, we will be "teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord." CHRIST IS IN YOU; JUST "LET" IT HAPPEN. Stop putting up resistence by no longer shutting Christ out and just allow Him to flow through your life. Stop over-thinking it and let Christ happen in you.
17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
Understanding why you are doing something for Christ is just as important as what you are actually doing. Don't just do things, but "do all in the name of the Lord Jesus". Think about it, whatever we cannot do in the Name of Christ, we shouldn't be doing in the first place. We fall into doing the wrong things or even things that don't matter, when we do not consider this. Therefore we begin allowing Christ to dwell in us when we obsessively consider what impact our actions, attitude, and even our words will have on others in regards the kingdom of God.
Unfortunately we have went through most of our lives without even considering this. YET THE MOMENT YOU WILL KNOW YOU ARE TRULY A REPRESENTATIVE OF CHRIST, IS WHEN YOU FIND YOURSELF FEELING AND WANTING TO BE OPENLY THANKFUL. One of the biggest detriments to the Christian ministry are those who want to sit around murmuring and complaining. If they would only realize that their piss-poor attitude is possibly doing more damage to those around them than whatever they are being so critical of, they might learn to just keep their mouths shut. We each represent Him to those around us, especially in how and what we say. So in essence what Paul could be saying here is "whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus" or don't do it at all.
Stop taking so much for granted and seize the importance of "giving thanks to God". Much is said about one who is thanksful, especially when the appreciation is freely given. People that continually take things for granted (including God and His people) cannot be spiritually mature. For the more conscious one is of God the more voluntarily thankful he will be. We should never have to be reminded to be thankful. For one proves he is aware Christ is in him by freely expressing sincere gratitude which makes the invisible visible in our daily lives.
18 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord. 19 Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.
For the most part, this is where whites are completely missing it. Yet we cannot emphasize enough that this is the very last place where we need to be failing and falling short. But if building, maintaining, and protecting your marriage isn't the most important thing in your life, then no matter what else you think you are doing for God, you are failing. As a wife you need to fully take to heart the inspired words of the Apostle. As a husband, you have the responsibility to obey these words yourself and teach them to your wife and children.
Christian society was designed exclusively by God to function through His first institution- the Adamic (white) family. Fundamentally speaking, the white race can no longer ignore and continue to neglect the importance of building and sustaining healthy, Christian marriages. We have fancy churches, big businesses, and every technological advantage imaginable. But until our focus gets back on building a strong foundation, the white race will only continue on in weakness. In your heart of hearts you know this is true. Every assault God's enemies bring against the kingdom of God is an outright affront to everything represented by what Paul has to say here so plainly and simply, in these few short verses about marraige.
Here we also get a little more particular to where this principle of "Christ in you" applies, specifically when we look at gender roles in our homes. One would have to be blind and naive to not recognize the enemies' relentless assault in every possible way on traditional marriage which is only between white "wives" and "husbands". For quite some time, due to the maniacal influences of cultural marxism, traditional marriage is ridiculed, frowned upon, and even laughed at, as so-called mixed marriages and same-sex marriages are being applauded, celebrated, and promoted. But regardless of the world's perverse trends, God has not changed and His is the right way when it comes to the way husbands should treat their wives and vice versa. Unfortunately we witness very few marriages which display this balance.
First of all, for wives to "submit" is Strong's Exhaustive Concordance #5293 which means to subdue self unto. Wife, you must subdue yourself unto your husband. Though everything in our society is completely opposed to it, a wife must make a deliberate, conscious effort to perform this within herself. As we see, it also makes it so much easier when the husband is doing his part. But obviously wives need to understand that this is something only they can and must do themselves. Wives' submission to their husbands is the only way that is "fit in the Lord" which is Strong's Exhausive Concordance #433, to be proper... convenient. This completely goes against the grain of feminism with its broad yet subtle influence upon our society today. Yet as we see spiritually speaking, it is far more convenient for a Christian wife to just submit to her husband, than to resist his authority or headship, especially if he is leading her in love.
While many Christian husbands will emphasize that the Bible indeed teaches for wives to submit, understand we cannot be balanced if we ignore or downplay the essential element of us deliberately loving our wives. Husband, don't ever think it's all on your wife to make the marriage work by just her submission. ONE BUILDS UPON THE OTHER. The more you love your wife, the more she should submit to you. Our All-Wise God has designed marriage to only be healthy and successful when the wife and the husband are both doing their part. Husbands foolishly become bitter because they refuse to give their wives the attention they deserve. BY DOING SO, YOU ARE JUST HURTING YOURSELF. Some husbands become bitter because their wives will not submit to them. Yet your frustration is your own fault if all you've heard to do is to 'lay down the law' to her and nothing more. Paul is telling us the most important part "Husbands, love your wives". LOVE IS THE WAY A GODLY MAN LEADS HIS WIFE. Obviously the road out of your being bitter toward your wife, is by giving her the care and attention she deserves.
Having a godly marriage is one of, if not the greatest way to make the invisible Christ visible in the world today. Yet it's not something that's just going to happen. It requires the highest priority of mutual effort to implement and maintain. For there is nothing more fulfilling this side of heaven than being in a marriage where both the wife and the husband understand their roles and become one in Christ through following these simple principles.
20 Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.
It is sad to see brown-skinned 'people' multiplying by the tens of millions while many white couples speak openly of not wanting to bring children into such an awful world. Though the carnal mind might be able to somehow reconcile this, it is totally against the Spirit of God Who lives within us. What if Moses' parents for instance, would have allowed fear to control their decision about having him, while the government was literally slaughtering all male Hebrew babies?! No, they simply trusted God. "BE FRUITFUL AND MULTIPLY" WAS THE FIRST COMMANDMENT GOD GAVE TO OUR OLDEST ANCESTORS! If you are a white couple and are able to have children, yet refuse to, then what real purpose do you have in this life?
To those who have children, if it's not obvious to you that the world wants to destroy them, then you better wake up. More and more we see what a magnetic influence the entertainment industry and educational system are having upon the younger generation. These are our future leaders, the ones who should be preparing to carry the torch of truth and righteousness which very few are willing to carry in our day. The key is for "Children" to be taught to "obey" God in their hearts. Children who are not taught to obey ultimately do not have parents who love them. For one cannot expect a child to obey if he has parents who do not see the importance of training them in the way they should go. Above all, children need to see a marriage where both their parents are in unity and performing the simple principles of love and submission already expressed above. IT ALL BEGINS WITH PARENTS SETTING THE PROPER EXAMPLE BY SIMPLY OBEYING GOD THEMSELVES. Otherwise, the blame falls on the man of the house which must have led Paul to proclaim the following:
21 Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.
It is both confusing and discouraging for children to see hypocrisy in their parents and it falls on the leadership of the man. Once we have children, it's not somebody else's responsiblity to care for and raise them but the parents, under the God-ordained headship of "Fathers". What an honor to be called by one of your own blood- Father, Dad, or Papa. To look into the eyes of your newborn for the first time, fills your heart with joy and pride. Never let those feelings die, knowing that your Heavenly Father has blessed you with a life that you are responsible to train and raise. YOUR OWN PERSONAL CHRISTIANITY WILL NEVER RISE ABOVE THE LEVEL OF YOUR MARRIAGE OR EXCEED YOUR EFFECTIVENESS AT RAISING YOUR OWN CHILDREN.
To "provoke not" is Strong's Exhaustive Concordance #2042 from #2054 which is a quarrel. Whether it results from not being persistent in discipline on the part of the parents or expressed through unnecessary, rash anger, arguing is not the way to handle any situation with a child. Parents must maintain control of themselves before they can ever expect to maintain discipline over their children. There is a fine line when it comes to disciplining our children. We must be loving and patient, as well as firm and persistent. Never take for granted or assume that just because they are your children, they will always go the right way. Who are your children spending their free time with, what are they doing, and who do they look up to and admire? IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO KNOW EVERYTHING THAT IS GOING ON IN YOUR OWN HOME. Whenever things do arise which require correction and discipline, fathers must set the tone with a firm hand while maintaining a calm heart by holding our temper.
22 Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God; 23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; 24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. 25 But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.
Those who live to please other men will never be consistent, honest Christians. To be "fearing God" for this kind of man, rarely if hardly ever enters his mind as he is only concerned with what he can gain through impressing his boss and undercutting his co-workers. The problem isn't just words and actions, but motivation which comes from his "heart". If a man's heart isn't right with God, his pursuits are guided "according to the flesh" and not by Christ within. Get your eyes off other men and temporal benefits and fix your heart upon "the reward of the inheritance" your Father has for you. "But" if you choose to ignore the Scriptures and live like most of our brethren unfortunately do, don't be shocked at what you receive when all is said and done. Just as Paul said to the Galatians, what we sow is what we are going to reap for God is not mocked, therefore do not be deceived by ignorant, carnal men.
So here we see Paul shifting gears a bit with regards to "Servants" and "masters". This verse of course has the immediate context of slavery which the Bible nowhere condemns. Though no clear-minded person should have ever wanted a slave of another race to begin with, whites were slaves to one another, even in Old Testament times. The appropriate Old Testament Scriptures were available to instruct our ancestors how to treat one another, under these same conditions (Exodus 21).
For us, this very well could apply to us in the workplace. To "obey... not with eyeservice, as menpleasers" is as The New Revised Standard Bible renders it, is to do your job "not only while being watched and in order to please men". You've probably noticed that the same people who are slackers on the job are usually the biggest 'kiss-ups' to bosses as well. Yet a Christian is to be a consistent, honest worker regardless of who is or is not around.
To be of "singleness of heart" is Strong's Exhaustive Concordance, #572- sincerity (without... self-seeking). OUR INTERESTS ARE ONLY TO FIT THAT OF CHRIST SINCE HE IS THE ONE IN US. To see one who acts the same and treats everyone the same despite who is around, truly is making the invisible visible. If one is of a single heart then everything he does, he will "do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men". This speaks of carrying a consistency of proper motivation at all times. Really, this is what it all comes down to: IS IT IN YOUR HEART ABOVE ALL THINGS TO PLEASE GOD? The desire to make the invisible visible is conceived by the Spirit of God in the hearts of God's people. This is the outcome for one who recognizes Christ within. Having a pure motive of wanting God to be pleased with you and not being ashamed of "the Lord" helps keep our motivation in check. IF YOUR ULTIMATE DESIRE IS JUST TO LIVE FOR GOD, EVERYTHING ELSE WILL FALL INTO PLACE.
There probably always has been, but it seems today there are so many of our people who are half-hearted and lukewarm (Revelation 3:14-16). It's one thing to help someone see the truth; it's quite another to then convince them they need to do something about it. Therefore this is major when it comes to making Christ evident in your life; understanding that "whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men". No matter who is or is not around makes no difference. "Christ in you" always wants you to do your best at representing Him. There is way too much at stake to continue going through the motions. This modern, lazy Christianity we see, which is marked with indifference and coldness, is what's crippling our people's effectiveness. It must be in your heart to want to do something for God, if you ever intend for anyone to see the power of God in your life. We are here only to "do" God's will and to "do it heartily" which is Strong's Exhaustive Concordance #5590 meaning breath... spirit. TO DO GOD'S WILL SHOULD BE WHAT YOU LIVE FOR FROM THE DEPTHS OF YOU.
Notice when it comes to receiving "the reward of the inheritance" it's not a casual, 'maybe so, hope so' kind of thing like many teach and practice today. With Paul it was actually "Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive" it! Do you really believe God would instruct you to put your whole heart into something for Him to turn around and not reward you for it when you accomplish it?! That is nothing more than a god who is cruel and is not a rewarder of those who diligently seek him as the Scriptures teach. Serving such a god is idolatry! The God of the Scriptures never sets anyone up for failure or disappoinment but joy unspeakable and full of glory!! How could that ever transpire if God does not bless us abundantly? Indeed He does if you know Him and trust Him by faith.
Though you may be accused of it, it is not selfish to be motivated by wanting "the reward" God has just for you. Those who criticize Christians who live by faith are only trying to get followers which Paul already dealt with at length in this Epistle. Wanting God's blessings just merely proves you are wise enough to recognize God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Yahweh is a good God and we should expect Him to "reward" us as we faithfully "serve the Lord Christ". Just to hear those seven words, "Well done thou good and faithful servant" will be worth it all.
In context, according to this, it is wrong to not seek God's best for your life. Furthermore, those who do not encourage others to do what Paul says here, they "shall receive for the wrong" which they have done, by allowing what's visible to keep them from manifesting the invisible Christ through their lives. For when it comes to God's determination and judgment "there is no respect of persons". You choose to be a kiss-up and a menpleaser, refusing to consider serving God with all of your heart, don't be surprised even in this life, when you receive no reward.
There is no excuse for not doing right toward every white person you encounter. How we handle ourselves will determine how our lives are now and in the future. Either live based upon what you see before your eyes and fall short, or live to make the invisible visible, it's your choice.
1 Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven.
Here's yet another verse which gives instruction regarding slavery. The Scriptures do condemn the mistreatment of slaves, while giving the proper instruction on how to treat them as is the case here. Treat your workers the way you want God to treat you. Some call it the Golden Rule, othes the Law of Attraction, or sowing and reaping- call it what you will, it's totally Biblical. How could anybody pretend to miss this unless they just have an agenda to merely do so to discredit others? Do you want your "Master" to be "just and equal" with you? Then be that way to those who are under your charge. Know that as you bless those under your authority, the "Master in heaven" will bless you.
2 Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving; 3 Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds: 4 That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.
To "Continue in prayer" is equivalent to what Paul says elsewhere, "pray without ceasing". We should always walk in an attitude of prayer, while still making opportunities each day to find a quiet place to be still and listen to Christ within. To "watch in the same" is Strong's Exhaustive Concordance #1127= to keep awake... watch. According to this, to "Continue in prayer" is what keeps our spiritual eyes and ears open- keeping us awake to Who dwells within. Everything Paul has dealt with thus far at the close of this Epistle, has dealt with making the invisible visible for others to see. This however, is showing us how to personally do maintanence on ourselves to keep our hearts and minds on the invisible things of God. The New Revised Standard Version puts it, "Devote yourself to prayer, keeping alert in it with thanksgiving." Again when you are filled "with thanksgiving" you can be confident that "Christ in you" is shining through. But when we withhold it, and may even begin to whine and complain, we should see it as an immediate indication that we need to pray. Possibly we are thinking too much of our flesh. Paul goes on to say we should begin "praying also for" someone else, especially those who "speak the mystery of Christ". Like Paul, once we learn Who lives in us we must acknowledge our "bonds", being limited in the flesh.
Once again, we come across the word logos here translated as "utterance" as it moves through "a door" or as Strong's Exhaustive Concordance #2374 defines it as a portal or entrance. Understand, God can give us what's been called 'divine appointments' with which to deliver His Word to others in an effectual way. It is the Christ within us making the invisible visible through our hearts to those of our brethren. Paul isn't just speaking of having opportunites to speak publically, but to speak from spirit to spirit, heart to heart in power with God's people. In order to communicate "the mystery of Christ" in a way that is effective, it takes more than just good speaking ability. Paul wanted the power of the Holy Spirit to guide him and use him in every way, and so should we, as he said, "That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak." Paul had personally experienced that there could be much more going on when preaching the Gospel besides giving impressive facts and having a broad vocabulary. Our hearts are to be so in touch with the Christ within that everything that might come forth from our mouth, might be as the Lord intended.
Paul knew in order for the invisible to be made visible, ultimately there had to be actual evidence in other people's lives. Therefore he knew God must be inwardly involved in the lives of those he talked to, before transformation could occur.
5 Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. 6 Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
We should seek to accomplish the best we can for God's glory with the opportunities He gives us. This "redeeming the time" is Strong's Exhaustive Concordance #1805 and #2540 which is to buy up... opportunity, (convenient, due season). We cannot force things or make things happen ourselves. There is something to be said about getting ahead of God especially when it comes to approaching others with His Word. But if we will seek His guidance, He will bring things along just in "time".
What we should be careful of is that our "speech be always with grace". Here Paul closes by instructing us on how we should talk to people about the truth. The problem with so many of who've become racially awake is we do not have the needed patience to bring people along in these truths. How quickly each of us can forget the process we had to go through just to get to this point in our Christian experience. The Apostle is instructing us to look to preserve opportunities to talk with people, rather than slapping them across the face with the truth all at once.
He says our words should be as if they were "seasoned with salt", Strong's Exhaustive Concordance #217 and #741- which figuratively is prudence... to prepare. The Thorndike- Barnhart Comprehensive Desk Dictionary defines prudence as "wise thought before acting; good judgment... foresight, care, caution". This goes completely against the whole 'take it or leave it' attitude many Christians use with those they want to tell the truth. YET THE GREAT APOSTLE CONCLUDES HIS INSTRUCTION BY TELLING US TO "ALWAYS" SPEAK WITH "GRACE".
What remains at the close of this Epistle consists of personal messages concerning specific individuals in the church at Colossa, along with Paul's minstry companions:
7 All my state shall Tychicus declare unto you, who is a beloved brother, and a faithful minister and fellowservant in the Lord :8 Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that he might know your estate, and comfort your hearts; 9 With Onesimus, a faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. They shall make known unto you all things which are done here. 10 Aristarchus my fellowprisoner saluteth you, and Marcus, sister's son to Barnabas, (touching whom ye received commandments: if he come unto you, receive him;) 11 And Jesus, which is called Justus, who are of the circumcision. These only are my fellowworkers unto the kingdom of God, which have been a comfort unto me. 12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God. 13 For I bear him record, that he hath a great zeal for you, and them that are in Laodicea, and them in Hierapolis. 14 Luke, the beloved physician, and Demas, greet you. 15 Salute the brethren which are in Laodicea, and Nymphas, and the church which is in his house. 16 And when this epistle is read among you, cause that it be read also in the church of the Laodiceans; and that ye likewise read the epistle from Laodicea. 17 And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it. 18 The salutation by the hand of me Paul. Remember my bonds. Grace be with you. Amen.
This concludes Paul's tremendous Epistle written to these blessed Christians. With the manifestation of this mystery, what we are left with is the greatest opportunity to carry on the remainder of our lives closer to God then we've ever been before. This can only result in more power and greater opportunities to show forth Christ. For you should never settle for anything less than God's best if you truly have embraced Christ in you.