Posted: April 7, 2006
A Study of Positional Truths
For our IN CHRIST
study this week we turn our attention to Colossians 3:18-25 which says,
submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord.
Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them. Children,
obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the
Lord. Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be
discouraged. Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the
flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart,
fearing of God: And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord,
and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward
of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. But he that doeth
wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no
respect of person.
In this text we
are confronted with several relationships that those who are IN CHRIST
may find themselves. We are given the key to proper relationships in
Colossians 3:16 when we are told that the Word of Christ may dwell in us
richly. In Ephesians before these relationships are dealt with we are
told to be filled with the Spirit. If there is going to be proper
relationships in our lives we must be full of the Word and the Spirit of
It is in this text
that those who dwell IN CHRIST are confronted with three relationships
which we have with the people around us. In verses 18-19 we have
husband and wife relationship. In verses 20-21 we have parent and
children relationships. In verses 22-24 we are confronted with servant
and master relationship or what we might make applicable as employee and
All of these
relationships are centered around a phrase in verse 18 which says,
it is fit in the Lord. The word Lord is the word Adonai
or Master. We must realize that all we do is not aimed at the earthly
relationship, but everything done earthly must be done with the eternal
relationship in mind. In verse 24 we are told we serve the Lord Christ
and He will reward us accordingly when this life is over. The word fit
in this phrase means to arrive at a proper and acceptable point before
another. We see that all these relationships must pass acceptance of
His all seeing eye.
In the first
relationship the wives are told to submit themselves to their husbands.
The word submit is a military term meaning to get under and be
loyal to. Let the women submit themselves in the same fitting way they
would submit to the Lord.
In verse 19 the
husbands are told to love their wives. This is a love that comes from
God and is an act of the will not based on circumstances or feelings.
The husbands are told not to be bitter toward the wives. The word bitter
means sharp piercing action that hurts deeply. Let the husbands love
the wives as their love would be fitting to the Lord.
relationship is mentioned in verses 20-21. Children are told to obey
their parents in all things. The word obey means to heed or
conform to a command. We are told this is to be done in all things. It
is well pleasing to Him. Let the children obey the parent as it would
be fitting to obey the Lord. In verse 21 we are told that the Father
should not provoke their children to do or say anything they would not
normally do or say. Let the Father treat their children in the fitting
way our heavenly Father treats His children. He is extremely patient
In verses 22-23 we
are confronted with the employee and employer relationship. We are told
that we should do our work not to please a man but with a heart to
please the Lord. Whatever work we do let us give it our all.
Can we imagine the
revival that would break out if all three of these relationships were to
be found fitting and well pleasing in His sight from all those who live
Let us who are IN
CHRIST meet the challenge to have our relationships please Him in all we