September 24, Reading 3 – Colossians 4:2-18

Reading

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SAA Notes

Paul gives an extended list of greetings here. Think about what the rest of the New Testament tells you about each one and consider what this list tells you that you can expect to meet in life.

SJA Notes

Grace and salt.

These are the ingredients Paul says make up knowing how to answer each person.

“Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.”

See that it’s not just a toothless answer, what some people might consider as grace, lovey-dovey and without intent.

It’s not an answer of hard edges and angles, what some people might consider salty, self-importance without true affection.

Our speech is to be both full of grace and seasoned with salt.

Both of these things together, and as always, seen best of all in Jesus. How He spoke, His language and conversations.

And in wrestling with how to put them both into our words, we are told here this is how we work out how to answer each person.

Grace and salt.

* Father God,

Thank You for Your Son Jesus, who shows us how to live.

Thank You for Your Holy Spirit, who walks with us each day.

And thank You dear Heavenly Father, for Your steadfast love and faithfulness.

Please help us in our words, help us to be full of Your grace, seasoned with the salt of Your word.

Amen.

September 23, Reading 3 – Colossians 3:5-4:1

Reading

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SAA Notes

It is a great tragedy and horror that the behaviour described in 3:5-8
is encountered amongst the saints. Because of this, the Apostle uses the
very strong words, “put to death”. (3:5) There are also the deeds of the
tongue to be rid of. How do you identify the behaviours mentioned here
in their subtle forms?

SJA Notes

The good news of Jesus is a truly wonderful message.

God’s word teaches us truths that level the playing field in a way that worldly ideologies cannot fathom.

While the noise around us clamours for equality and progressive behaviours – God’s word tells us the truth.

We are all broken, dead in sin, without any ability to better ourselves. We have all fallen short of God’s glory. There is none, not one of us, that can do good.

This levels the playing field! There is nobody better than somebody else, there are no groups of people that can feel more superior than any other group.

And see here in this letter, another levelling of the field.

“Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all.”

In Jesus we are removed out of having to vie for power and status, pride and prestige.

Because He is the crux and pivot – Look! It’s His character that we are to put on, His peace that is to rule our hearts, His word that should dwell richly in us.

And His Name that should be born well in all that we do.

* Gracious Father,

Thank You for Your word that teaches us these wonderful truths.

Please help us to live out our lives fearing You with a holy and reverent fear.

Please Lord, please show us Jesus. Our family and friends, our loved ones, those around us, those we pass on the street – Please break open stubborn hearts Saviour God, grant new life to them, bring revival please Lord God!

For Your Name’s sake,

Amen.