Colossians 3:18 – 4:6
Practical Exhortations for Our Natural Relationships (3:18 – 4:1)
Love and Submission. We might wonder what the natural relationships are addressed here. One reason is that issues in our natural relationships can really upset our equilibrium, and get our mind off “things above”. Another reason is that this follows the exhortation; “And everything, whatever ye may do in word or in deed, do all things in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father by him” (Col. 3:17). Notice that the title “Lord” comes up over and over in the following exhortations, specifically to those in the subject role. It is important to remember, when in a role that requires submission, that submission sees beyond the vessel of authority to the One who set that authority up. Note that each sphere, marriage, family, and employment, the subject place is addressed first. Submission is very difficult because it is in our fallen natures to resist the will of another. Yet submission is absolutely critical to peace. If there is failure of the one in responsibility, it is no excuse for rebellion. Of course, there is a danger in these relationships for abuse of authority. Therefore, those is the place of authority are likewise exhorted to care for those in the subject place. In every one of these relationships, the world has turned it upside down. The world rejects God’s order, and result is sadness and the disintegration of the fabric of society. If we submit to God’s order, there will be blessing, even among unbelievers.
Wives and Husbands (3:18-19)
“The principle of submission and of obedience is the healing principle of humanity.” - Edward Dennett