It is a particularly appropriate statement for the Colossians and affords an excellent summary statement of the teaching of the letter. I will labour to be all to thee; I will give thee all that I am, my soul with all its faculties, my understanding, my heart, and my affections, particularly my love and my hatred, my joy and my sorrow, my hope and my fear, my body with all its members: For thou hast created, redeemed, and wilt glorify the body as well as the soul; and therefore I will glorify thee with my body and with my spirit, which is thine: I will also give thee all that I have, by consecrating it all to the service of Christ, and resigning up all to the will of Christ, and will intitle thee to all that I do, by making thy word my rule, and thy glory my end, in all my actions and undertakings. The Apostle seems to make use of a kind of climax in mentioning the Scythians, as they were reckoned more barbarous than any other barbarous nation. If Christ be all, see the deplorable condition of a Christless person; he is poor, he is worth nothing; “thou are wretched, miserable, and poor,” etc. You are like a man who studies the solar system and leaves out the sun. Christ is a supreme good; put what you will in the balance with Christ, He doth infinitely outweigh. l. 4. c. 46. , and were had in great disdain by others, therefore the apostle mentions them, as being within the reach of the powerful and efficacious grace of God; nor were the fierceness of their dispositions, and the impoliteness of their manners, any bar unto it. A Christian that wants necessaries, yet having Christ, he hath the one thing needful; “ye are complete in Him.” What! Since He is all, and all things are one in Him, He is the principle of unity, through whom all the distinctions that mar the oneness of mankind are done away. ς, τὰ πάντα καὶ ἐν πᾶσι Χριστὸς, no Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, bondman, freeman, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. 5. Let us pause a little, and help ourselves to begin this year with worthy views of the dignity of Christ in the whole physical and spiritual universe. (Hendriksen p. 154)--but I am to preach the gospel to him also, and if he shows interest in the truth, and becomes a Christian-he is my brother! We are “more than conquerors through Him.”. 2. At Christ's coming, when Satan shall no longer rule the flesh and the world, the nations in the flesh and the world in millennial felicity shall be willing subjects of Christ and his glorified saints (Daniel 7:14; Daniel 7:22; Daniel 7:27; Luke 19:17; Luke 19:19; Revelation 20:1-6; Revelation 3:21). "Cambridge Greek Testament for Schools and Colleges". The “heavenly-mindedness” of this text presents an immediate problem to the preacher. Comp. Every Christian, has acknowledged Christ as His master--the slave, just as much as his earthly master, the Scythian, just as much as the well-cultured Greek. ", II. 1:6. Note that Christ is "in" all Christians. The “Scythian “had not such boundless independence as we find in Him. Not inside of you—like some dormant seed that, once found, can be watered, nurtured, and coaxed into maximum fruit-production—but hidden. Hence, as we can have no other Saviour beside Him, we cannot have any other like Him (Acts 4:12). There are some persons who have no essentials in their creed, and others no circumstantials. The moral Jew, just as much as the pagan who had lived in the gutter. Romans 1:14; Romans 1:16; Romans 2:9; Galatians 3:28. BibliographyWhedon, Daniel. The sadness of a man that wants Christ will appear in these seven particulars. Christ is all in regard of sanctification--“He is made to us sanctification.” This doth tune and prepare the soul for heaven; it turns iron into gold; it makes the heart which was Satan’s picture, Christ’s epistle. ῞ελλην καὶ ᾿ιουδαῖος, περιτομὴ καὶ ἀκροβυστία, βάρβαρος, σκύθης, δοῦλος, ἐλεύθερος. Death, resurrection, ascension, second coming. Before man is made anew all influences fail to produce the change. κ. They are all living members of his living body, and objects of his gracious favor. ], to renew us [Note: Titus 3:5-6. regeneration; or in the whole business of salvation: it matters not of what nation a man is; this has no influence on his new birth, either to forward or hinder it; for he is never the more a new creature, a regenerate man, and interested in salvation, because he is a Jew, which he may be outwardly, and not inwardly; and he may be born again, though he is a Greek or Gentile, as the Syriac version reads; for God of his own will, and abundant mercy, and not out of respect to nations and persons, begets souls again to a lively hope of the heavenly inheritance: circumcision or uncircumcision; a man's being circumcised in the flesh signifies nothing; this he may be, and not a new creature; for that is not true circumcision, but that which is of the heart, and in the spirit: and, on the other hand, it is no objection to a man's being born again, that he is uncircumcised in the flesh; this may be his case, and yet may be circumcised with the circumcision made without hands; neither one nor the other is of any account with God, nor makes the man either better or worse. It was Christ crucified who was set forth in every Old Testament sacrifice (1 Peter 3:18). In the Christian ministry. ]: and when you have attained a perfect meetness for the enjoyment of your God, you shall be like him, and with him for ever. For the third pair Paul cannot employ an antithesis, since ἕλλ., the contrast to βάρ., has already been used in the sense of Gentile. His system is original in the new form and power given to truth. .—This passage naturally suggests comparison with Galatians 3:28. Thus the Christian is complete in Christ (Colossians 2:10). "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". And now he continues to unpack that narrative as the foundation for what it means to live our lives in Christ (2:6).