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An exposition of the Epistle of St. Paul to the Colossians

by John Davenant


But Noid ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice,

blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old

man with his deeds; And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knoio

ledge after the image of him that created him: Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor un

circumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free; but

Christ is all and in all.

After a dissuasion from carnal vices in which special pleasure is sought, the Apostle dissuades also from spiritual ones, in which the injury of one's neighbour is attempted. In this last part of his dissuasions the Apostle does three things, which he includes in these four verses. 1. He lays down and enumerates the vices to be abandoned; which are those either of the heart; as anger, wrath, malice; or those of the mouth; as evil speaking, filthy communication, lying. 2. He subjoins a reason why vices of this kind should be abandoned by the Colossians, and that a twofold one: namely, because they had put off the old man, and put on the new. 3. He amplifies and strengthens these reasons in verse 11 by setting aside those false causes with which some men conceived that we are either benefitted or injured before God; these he rejects as things of uo avail, in order to shew that human salvation entirely depends on the Spirit of Christ mortifying and quickening us; and that therefore we must aim at mortification before all other things.

As to what pertains to this eighth verse now under consideration, in it he effects two things. 1. After his dissuasion from carnal vices which render men infamous among all the sober and prudent, he dissuades also from all spiritual ones, which are deemed lighter faults, which are not accounted as vices among the generality. 2. He enumerates some expressly, that from these it may be understood that others of the same kind are to be condemned and abandoned.

1. But now ye also put off" all these.] In this general persuasion we must first observe the circumstance of time denoted by the particle now. As if he had said, Ye were overwhelmed with spiritual vices as long as sin lived in you; but now, since it is mortified and hath ceased to live, ye ought and ye can put these things away: For God requires from Christians in a state of grace, another life and other manners than those to which they were heretofore accustomed in a state of sin. So the Apostle in many places declares. Thus Rom. xiii. 12, The night is for spent; the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off", &c. And 1 Thess. v. 5, 6, Ye are the children of the day, and not of the night: let us not sleep as do otIiers, &c. Augustine, De vita Christiana, wisely remarks, Let us not flatter ourselves with the name of Christians: but let us believe that this is the very reason we shall be judged, if we falsely claim to ourselves a name which doth not belong to us. Cyprian also says, We are Philosophers not in word, but in deed; neither do we talk great things but we live them. Now, therefore, we especially must lay aside those vices, because we are Christians born again.

2. Secondly, We should well weigh that act to which the Colossians are exhorted by the word xiioStahi; which may be explained either to put off, as men put off their old and dirty clothes, or to lay aside, from the sight, from the affections, and from all the senses, as the corpses of the dead shut up in sepulchres. And this last best agrees with the preceding word, mortify: as if he had said, Not only mortify your sins; but as though they were dead remove them from you, and put them away, and separate them from you altogether as dead bodies.

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