• Our Hiddenness in God Devotional

    Colossians 3:3-4

    The world sees Christians as ignorant, backward, and even evil because God has concealed our identity to all except those who trust His only begotten Son. Because of the sin that still clings to us, however, sometimes we cannot see that God’s ways alone make up the future and are tempted to compromise. Let us recall that our true identity is hidden in the Lord and that goodness, as God defines it, will last forever. View Resource

  • Putting Sin to Death Devotional

    Colossians 3:5-6

    Understanding that we are already holy in Christ should not be confused with the perfectionism that we often see in other theological traditions. We will not be free from the struggle with sin before we are glorified, but knowing that God sees us as holy in Jesus encourages us to live according to what we already are. It makes us realistic about the sin that remains in our hearts and more eager to purge it by the power of the Spirit. View Resource

  • Life Before Christ Devotional

    Colossians 3:7-8

    One commentator has said that “we should never confuse being moral with being Christian, but we cannot claim to be Christian if we ignore morality.” An outwardly upright life is not a sure sign that somebody knows Christ, but a life of immoral and sinful indulgence with no evidence of sorrow for sin is a sure sign of an unconverted heart. May we seek, in gratitude for salvation and in the power of the Spirit, to live God-honoring lives. View Resource

  • Putting Off and Putting On Devotional

    Colossians 3:9-10

    Having been baptized into Christ we have put on Christ (Gal. 3:27), and a deceitful tongue has no place in those who belong to the Savior. All people should expect honesty from us, for we are followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, and there was “no deceit in his mouth” (Isa. 53:9). Let us this day turn from our lies and begin to be truthful in all that we do in order that we might be witnesses of the One to whom we belong. View Resource

  • A New Humanity in Christ Devotional

    Colossians 3:9-11

    The image of God has not been entirely destroyed in fallen humanity, but our sense of what it means to function as we were originally designed has been severely warped. Consequently, we must learn what it means to be human, and that can be done only in the context of a church that is faithful to the Word of the Savior who is the very image of God. We cannot grow spiritually, much less learn to be human, without the church of Christ. View Resource

  • A New Humanity Devotional

    Colossians 3:11

    One commentator has aptly said that “no one is joined to Christ except together with a neighbor.” We cannot therefore be “lone ranger Christians,” and we cannot survive without the local church. It is incumbent upon all believers to become members of a local body wherein the gospel is preached, the sacraments are administered rightly, and discipline is carried out according to the standards of the Word of God. View Resource

  • The Duty of Forgiveness Devotional

    Colossians 3:12–14

    The forgiveness we enjoy from God in Christ Jesus has consequences for our lives. First, we are absolved from guilt and never need to fear His wrath again. Furthermore, God’s forgiveness means that we, too, must forgive those who have sinned against us when they express sorrow for what they have done. We are not allowed to hold grudges against others, but we must embrace other believers as brothers and sisters when they ask for our forgiveness. View Resource

  • Forgiveness Mandated Devotional

    Colossians 3:12–13

    “I can never forgive him” is commonly found on the lips of those who have been sinned against, especially when the violation is heinous. Some of us may feel like we can never pardon a particular individual even if we never admit it. However, if we have come to faith in Christ, we have been set apart as His holy people and can, with His help, forgive others. To say that we cannot forgive is a cop-out at best and possible evidence of a heart of stone at worst. View Resource

  • Faith and the Means of Grace Devotional

    Colossians 3:12-13

    John Calvin offers these comments on today’s passage: “We, who have so frequently and so grievously offended, have nevertheless been received into favor, so we should manifest the same kindness towards our neighbors, by forgiving whatever offenses they have committed against us.” Being a Christian means forgiving other people even when it costs us monetarily, emotionally, and physically. View Resource

  • The Love and Peace of Christ Devotional

    Colossians 3:14-15

    When church elders, committees, and other bodies need to make a decision, their choice should in large measure be based upon what will bring peace to the church in the matter without compromising the gospel of Jesus Christ. Similarly, as individuals in the body, we are to make choices about what we do and say based on whether or not these actions will bring peace or create unnecessary conflict. View Resource

  • The Handmaiden of Theology Devotional

    Colossians 3:16

    Not every traditional hymn is good simply because it is old, and not every contemporary song is unfit for worship simply because it is new. There are bad traditional songs, and there are edifying contemporary songs. Our goal in worship should be to sing those songs that cause us to ponder the greatness of God, glorify Him for His salvation, and help us understand His Word. Let the songs we use for public worship and private devotion do all these things. View Resource

  • Lay Duties: Teaching, Admonishment, and Thanks Devotional

    Colossians 3:16–17

    Giving thanks in all things does not mean pretending that evil events are inherently good things. Instead, giving thanks in all things means showing gratitude to God for His sustenance and His work of sanctifying us in both the good and the bad of life. Let us seek to give thanks to God in all things, remembering that He works all things for our good and His glory (Rom. 8:28). View Resource

  • Theology’s Handmaiden Devotional

    Colossians 3:16

    Today’s passage affirms the importance of music in our relationship to God. As we grow in our love for our Creator and in our knowledge of Him, we should not be surprised to find ourselves breaking forth in musical praise of the Lord’s glory. When we do this, we will often find that the hymns that have stood the test of time best reflect the things we want to say about our Savior. Spend some time in worship today, singing a few traditional hymns. View Resource

  • Christ’s Word and the Believer Devotional

    Colossians 3:16-17

    Paul closes out Colossians 3:17 by reminding us to do everything in the name of Jesus. This entails not merely an action accompanied by an audible expression of “in Jesus name”; rather, to do something in His name is to act in the ways the apostle has described in verses 12–17. As we live ever-thankful lives for the love God has shown us, we will be humble, kind, patient, meek, and forgiving, and thereby act in Christ’s holy name. View Resource

  • Husbands, Wives, and Children Devotional

    Colossians 3:18-21

    Paul expands on male and female roles in Ephesians, and our study of that book in a few months will look at this topic in more detail. Today, note that submission need not mean some household chores belong exclusively to wives and others to husbands. One commentator notes that proper interpretation of Scripture’s view of marital roles does not sound “like we are leading a march back to the gender caste system of the first century.” View Resource