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1: If ye are risen, seek the things above - As Christ
being risen, immediately went to heaven.
3: For ye are dead - To the things on earth. And your
real, spiritual life is hid from the world, and laid up in God,
with Christ - Who hath merited, promised, prepared it for us,
and gives us the earnest and foretaste of it in our hearts.
4: When Christ - The abruptness of the sentence surrounds
us with sudden light. Our life - The fountain of holiness and
glory. Shall appear - In the clouds of heaven.
5: Mortify therefore - Put to death, slay with a continued
stroke. Your members - Which together make up the body of sin.
Which are upon the earth - Where they find their nourishment.
Uncleanness - In act, word, or thought. Inordinate affection
- Every passion which does not flow from and lead to the love of
God. Evil desire - The desire of the flesh, the desire of the
eye, and the pride of life. Covetousness - According to the
derivation of the word, means the desire of having more, or of
any thing independent on God. Which is idolatry - Properly and
directly; for it is giving the heart to a creature.
6: For which - Though the heathens lightly regarded them.
7: Living denotes the inward principle; walking,
the outward acts.
8: Wrath - Is lasting anger. Filthy discourse - And was
there need to warn even these saints of God against so gross
and palpable a sin as this? O what is man, till perfect love
casts out both fear and sin.
10: In knowledge - The knowledge of God, his will,
11: Where - In which case, it matters not what a man is
externally, whether Jew or gentile, circumcised, or
uncircumcised, barbarian, void of all the advantages of
education, yea, Scythian, of all barbarians most barbarous.
But Christ is in all that are thus renewed, and is all
things in them and to them.
12: All who are thus renewed are elected of God, holy,
and therefore the more beloved of him. Holiness is the
consequence of their election, and God's superior love, of
13: Forbearing one another - If anything is now wrong.
And forgiving one another - What is past.
14: The love of God contains the whole of Christian
perfection, and connects all the parts of it together.
15: And then the peace of God shall rule in your hearts
- Shall sway every temper, affection, thought, as the reward
(so the Greek word implies) of your preceding love and obedience.
16: Let the word of Christ - So the apostle calls the whole
scripture, and thereby asserts the divinity of his Master.
Dwell - Not make a short stay, or an occasional visit, but take up
its stated residence. Richly - In the largest measure, and with
the greatest efficacy; so as to fill and govern the whole soul.
17: In the name - In the power and Spirit of the Lord
Jesus. Giving thanks unto God - The Holy Ghost. And the
Father through him - Christ.
18: Wives, submit - Or be subject to. It is properly a
military term, alluding to that entire submission that soldiers
pay to their general.(Eph 5:22), &c.
19: Be not bitter - (Which may be without any appearance
of anger) either in word or spirit.
21: Lest they be discouraged - Which may occasion their
turning either desperate or stupid.
22: Eyeservice - Being more diligent under their eye than at other
times. Singleness of heart - A simple intention of doing right, without
looking any farther. Fearing God - That is, acting from this principle.
23: Heartily - Cheerfully, diligently. Menpleasers are soon
dejected and made angry: the single - hearted are never displeased or
disappointed; because they have another aim, which the good or evil
treatment of those they serve cannot disappoint.