Dear Fellow Saints,
Please keep in mind that as I post the verses for the week in these two versions, they are not intended that your memorization be relegated to one of the two, or harder yet, both versions! They are intended to catapult you into the verses for the week and have a tool for you to compare verbiage used. Whatever version you use is up to your judgement.
As I post each week, it is as if I am digging shovelfuls of gold from the ground. This week has a partial verse that I could live on and be instructed by and that is that Christ is all and in all. Isn’t that a simple theological concept? (I shouldn’t be sarcastic!)
We can wrestle with whether we should wear the green shirt or the blue shirt but look at what Jesus tells us to clothe ourselves in! He has us dress in a way that He will be seen in us. And then look who He is addressing this to - His holy and beloved! Really? Are You talking to me? Do you know who I really am?
As we digest His Word, it melts out broken, scarred hears and replaces it with a heart that beats like His does. Our identity in Jesus is that it is Him that is see and no longer us. Thank you that it is no longer I who lives but You who lives within me!
John 15 tells us that we didn’t choose Him but He chose us that we should bear fruit and that, as we are wearing the clothes He has us wear, others will be then chosen. He uses us as an instrument to bring others to Him. I can only say what the guy in “The Princess Bride” says and that is, “Inconceivable!”
Here are the gold nuggets for the week:
Colossians 3:11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.
Colossians 3:12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; (KJV)
Colossians 3: 11 Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all.
Colossians 3:12 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience (ESV)
Oh Jesus, please continue to use Your living Word that becomes our very fiber to be used for Your glory. Thank You that You are our Savior, Lord and Friend!