The Character of The New Man

Colossians 3:12-17
12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
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.
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.

Verse 3:13 means Forgiveness
Verse 3:14 means Love
3:16 Let the words of Christ dwell in you richly is apparently a parallel thought to Apostle Paul’s statement in Ephesians 5:18 where he says to “be filled with the spirit.” Both here and in Ephesians, the result of being “filled” with the Spirit or the word of Christ is singing Ephesians 5:19-21.

Ephesians 5:18
And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;

Ephesians 5:19-21
19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;
20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.

The Psalms are the psalms found in the Old Testament, the “songbook” of the early church as well as of Israel.
The Hymns would be the songs of the church that reflected the new truth in Christ. Examples of such hymns are found in Col. 1:15-20; Phil.2:5-11:1 Tim. 3:16.

Spiritual songs may have been other kinds of songs praising God.
3:17 In this verse, it sums up how we as Christians should live. We should commit everything we do or say to Jesus and continue to thank God for all His good gifts.

Ecclesiastes 12:13-14
13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

There is no better time to ask Jesus to be the Lord of your life, than today.

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