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  Bro. Tom’s Weekly Bible Study
  Week #76
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, “Wives, 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 God.

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 employer.

All of these relationships are centered around a phrase in verse 18 which says, “…as 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.

The second 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 with us.

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 today?

Let us who are IN CHRIST meet the challenge to have our relationships please Him in all we do!