To the saints and faithful brothers in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace be to you, and peace…
I. AS OUR GOD IS HOLY SO MUST WE BE (1 Peter 1:15).
II. IT IS THE END OF OUR DIVINE CHOICE (Ephesians 1:4).
III. OUR CALLING BINDETH US (1 Thessalonians 4:7).
IV. OUR REDEMPTION (Titus 2:14).
V. THE GRACE OF GOD TEACHES US THIS (Titus 2:11-12).
VI. THE FINAL JUDGMENT PERSUADES US THEREUNTO (2 Peter 5:2; 1 John 3:3).
VII. THE RIGHT CONSTITUTION OF THE CHURCH PROHIBITS THE UNHOLY (Matthew 7:6). Conclusion:
1. This discovers to us the vanity of the Pope in restraining a title common to all believers while they live to some few whom it pleaseth him to canonize after death.
2. We see the lewdness of many profane Esaus who scoff at the name.
3. We must remember what kind of men we must be even such as must profess and practice holiness.
(P. Bayne, B. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.