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  • PARALLEL BIBLE - Colossians 1:22

    CHAPTERS: Colossians 1, 2, 3, 4     

    VERSES: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29




    King James Bible - Colossians 1:22

    In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:

    World English Bible

    yet now he has reconciled in the
    body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and without blemish and blameless before him,

    Douay-Rheims - Colossians 1:22

    Yet now he hath reconciled in the
    body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unspotted, and blameless before him:

    Webster's Bible Translation

    In the
    body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblamable and unreprovable in his sight:

    Greek Textus Receptus

    1722 τω 3588 σωματι 4983 της 3588 σαρκος 4561 αυτου 846 δια 1223 του 3588 θανατου 2288 παραστησαι 3936 5658 υμας 5209 αγιους 40 και 2532 αμωμους 299 και 2532 ανεγκλητους 410 κατενωπιον 2714 αυτου 846

    Treasury of Scriptural Knowledge

    VERSE (22) -
    Ro 7:4 Eph 2:15,16 Heb 10:10,20

    SEV Biblia, Chapter 1:22

    en el cuerpo de su carne por medio de la muerte, para haceros santos, y sin mancha, e irreprensibles delante de l;

    Clarke's Bible Commentary - Colossians 1:22

    Verse 22. In the
    body of his flesh] By Christ's assumption of a human body, and dying for man, he has made an atonement for sin, through which men become reconciled to God and to each other.

    To present you holy] Having saved you from your sins.

    Unblamable] Having filled you with his Spirit, and written his law in your hearts, so that his love, shed abroad in your hearts, becomes the principle and motive to every action. The tree therefore being good, the fruit is also good.

    And unreprovable] For, being filled with love, joy, peace, meekness, gentleness, and goodness, against these there is no law; and as they were called to love God with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength, and their neighbour as themselves, the whole spirit and design of the law was fulfilled in them, for love is the fulfilling of the law.

    In his sight] At the day of judgment. None can enjoy heaven who have not been reconciled to God here, and shown forth the fruits of that reconciliation in being made holy and unblamable, that, when they come to be judged, they may be found unreprovable.

    John Gill's Bible Commentary

    Ver. 22. In the body of his flesh through death , etc.] Or through his death, as the Alexandrian copy and some others, and all the Oriental versions, read. These words express the means by which that reconciliation was made, which in the virtue and efficacy of it was applied particularly to these Colossians at their conversion whereby their minds were actually reconciled to God, as in or by the body of his flesh; that is, by the offering up of his body on the accursed tree, in which he bore the sins of his people, and made reconciliation for them: and it is so called either to distinguish it from his mystical and spiritual body the church, of which he is the head before spoken of; or from his glorious and immortal body, as now raised and exalted at God's right hand; and to denote the truth of his human body, that it was a real fleshly body, consisting of flesh and blood as ours does, and the same with ours, and not an aerial, celestial bony, or a mere phantom; and also to signify the infirmity and mortality of it, being, excepting sin, in all points like to ours, and subject to death; and that it was in that body his Father prepared for him, and he assumed; and as he was clothed with it in the days of his flesh, or mortal state, that he made reconciliation for the sins of his people, and that through death in it; even the death of the cross, by which he bore the penalty of the law, the curse of it, made satisfaction to justice, obtained life, abolished death, and destroyed him that had the power of it, and fixed a sure and lasting peace for all his saints; his end in which was, to present you holy and unblamable, and unreproveable in his sight. This presentation of the saints by Christ is either in his own sight, before himself, as the Arabic version reads it; and is here in this present state, they being considered by him both as sanctified and as justified; he taking delight in the graces of his Spirit, and the exercise of them on himself, though imperfect, and in them as clothed with his spotless righteousness, in which they are perfectly comely, all fair, and without spot: or in the latter day glory, the New Jerusalem church state; when the church will be as a bride prepared for her husband, will be brought into his presence in raiment of needlework, in fine linen clean and white, the righteousness of the saints, and be presented to himself a glorious church, without spot or wrinkle, or any such thing; or in the ultimate glory, when all the saints shall be for ever with him, continually before him, and in his sight; which is what his heart was set upon from everlasting, which he had in view in his sufferings and death, and still has in his prayers and preparations: or else this presentation is what has been or will be made before his Father, and in his sight; and which was partly done, when he gathered together all the elect in himself, and represented them on the cross, in the body of his flesh; and partly is now doing in heaven, where he appears in the presence of God for them, bears their names on his breastplate, presents their persons and their cases; and especially will be done at the last day, when he will deliver up the kingdom to the Father, and say, lo, I and the children thou hast given me: and who will be presented holy by him; he being their sanctification, and they having all their sins expiated by his sacrifice, and their persons washed and cleansed in his blood, and their hearts sanctified by his Spirit; which sanctification though it is imperfect in this life, yet will be completed by the author of it at death; without perfect holiness no man shall see God, or be presented in his sight: and this is in consequence of the death of Christ and reconciliation by it and a fruit of electing grace, by which persons are chosen in Christ, that they should be holy and without blame; and as here, unblamable and unreproveable: as they are, not now in themselves, but in Christ, as arrayed with his robe of righteousness and garments of salvation, being all glorious within, and their clothing of wrought gold, in which they will be introduced and presented to himself, and to his Father, faultless, with exceeding joy, and stand so before the throne, and that to all eternity.

    Matthew Henry Commentary

    Verses 15-23 -
    Christ in his human nature, is the visible discovery of the invisibl God, and he that hath seen Him hath seen the Father. Let us adore thes mysteries in humble faith, and behold the glory of the Lord in Chris Jesus. He was born or begotten before all the creation, before an creature was made; which is the Scripture way of representing eternity and by which the eternity of God is represented to us. All things being created by Him, were created for him; being made by his power, the were made according to his pleasure, and for his praise and glory. He not only created them all at first, but it is by the word of his powe that they are upheld. Christ as Mediator is the Head of the body, the church; all grace and strength are from him; and the church is his body. All fulness dwells in him; a fulness of merit and righteousness of strength and grace for us. God showed his justice in requiring ful satisfaction. This mode of redeeming mankind by the death of Christ wa most suitable. Here is presented to our view the method of being reconciled. And that, notwithstanding the hatred of sin on God's part it pleased God to reconcile fallen man to himself. If convinced that we were enemies in our minds by wicked works, and that we are no reconciled to God by the sacrifice and death of Christ in our nature we shall not attempt to explain away, nor yet think fully to comprehen these mysteries; but we shall see the glory of this plan of redemption and rejoice in the hope set before us. If this be so, that God's love is so great to us, what shall we do now for God? Be frequent in prayer and abound in holy duties; and live no more to yourselves, but to Christ. Christ died for us. But wherefore? That we should still live in sin? No; but that we should die to sin, and live henceforth not to ourselves, but to Him.

    Greek Textus Receptus

    1722 τω 3588 σωματι 4983 της 3588 σαρκος 4561 αυτου 846 δια 1223 του 3588 θανατου 2288 παραστησαι 3936 5658 υμας 5209 αγιους 40 και 2532 αμωμους 299 και 2532 ανεγκλητους 410 κατενωπιον 2714 αυτου 846

    Vincent's NT Word Studies

    Body of His flesh. Which consisted of flesh; without which there could have been no death (see next clause).

    To present (parasthsai). Purpose of the reconciliation. Compare Rom. viii. 30. See on shewed himself, Acts i. 3. Compare Rom. xii. 1, where it is used of presenting a sacrifice. 192 Holy, unblamable, unreprovable (aJgiouv, ajmwmouv, ajnegklhtouv). Holy, see on saints, Acts xxvi. 10; Apoc. iii. 7. The fundamental idea of the word is separation unto God and from worldly defilement.

    Unblamable, Rev. much better, without blemish. Compare Eph. i. 4; v. 27; and see on 1 Pet. i. 19, and blemishes, 2 Pet. ii. 13. Unreprovable, not only actually free from blemish, but from the charge of it. See on 1 Corinthians i. 8, and compare 1 Tim. vi. 14.

    In His sight (katewpion auotu). Rev., before Him. Him refers to God, not Christ. Whether the reference is to God's future judgment or to His present approval, can hardly be determined by the almost unexceptional usage of katenwpion before, in the latter sense, as is unquestionably the case in Eph. i. 4. The simple ejnwpion before, is used in the former sense, Luke xii. 9. Emprosqen before, occurs in both senses. The reference to the future judgment seems the more natural as marking the consummation of the redemptive work described in vers. 20-22. Compare 1 Thess. iii. 13, and Eph. v. 27, which corresponds with the figure of the bride, the Lamb's wife, in Apoc. xxi. 9 sqq. This view is further warranted by the following words, if ye continue, etc., the final presentation being dependent on steadfastness. 193

    Robertson's NT Word Studies

    1:22 {Yet now} (nuni de). Sharpened contrast with emphatic form of nun, "now" being not at the present moment, but in the present order of things in the new dispensation of grace in Christ. {Hath he reconciled} (apokatellaxen). First aorist (effective, timeless) active indicative (a sort of parenthetical anacoluthon). Here B reads apokatallagete, be ye reconciled like katallagete in #2Co 5:20 while D has apokatallagentes. Lightfoot prefers to follow B here (the hard reading), though Westcott and Hort only put it in the margin. On the word see verse #20. {In the body of his flesh} (en twi swmati tes sarkos autou). See the same combination in #2:11 though in #Eph 2:14 only sarki (flesh). Apparently Paul combines both swma and sarx to make plain the actual humanity of Jesus against incipient Docetic Gnostics who denied it. {Through death} (dia tou qanatou). The reconciliation was accomplished by means of Christ's death on the cross (verse #20) and not just by the Incarnation (the body of his flesh) in which the death took place. {To present} (parastesai). First aorist active (transitive) infinitive (of purpose) of paristemi, old verb, to place beside in many connections. See it used of presenting Paul and the letter from Lysias to Felix (#Ac 23:33). Repeated in #Col 2:28. See also #2Co 11:2; 2Co 4:14. Paul has the same idea of his responsibility in rendering an account for those under his influence seen in #Heb 13:17. See #Ro 12:1 for use of living sacrifice. {Holy} (hagious). Positively consecrated, separated unto God. Common in N.T. for believers. Haupt holds that all these terms have a religious and forensic sense here. {Without blemish} (amwmous). Without spot (#Php 2:15). Old word a privative and mwmos (blemish). Common in the LXX for ceremonial purifications. {Unreproveable} (anegkletous). Old verbal adjective from a privative and egkalew, to call to account, to pick flaws in. These three adjectives give a marvellous picture of complete purity (positive and negative, internal and external). this is Paul's ideal when he presents the Colossians "before him" (katenwpion autou), right down in the eye of Christ the Judge of all.

    CHAPTERS: 1, 2, 3, 4
    VERSES: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29


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