Bible Study, Colossians

All of the Commands in Colossians

This is a list of all the imperatives (commands) in the book of Colossians, since many will get lost in the details, I’m providing a summary first.

A summary of the imperatives in Colossians 3 and 4

Be far sighted
Be pure
Be considerate (compassionate)
Be loving
Be thankful
Be Christ controlled

Be other centered
Be interrelated
Be submissive
Be loving
Be obedient
Be wise


Walk in Him (2:6)
See to it that no one takes you captive by empty deceitful philosophy (2:8)
Let no one pass judgment on you (related to religiosity–Ritual) (2:16)
Let no one disqualify you (by false humility of manmade religion–mysticism) (2:18)
     Regulations don’t work–therefore don’t be forced into submitting to them

Keep seeking the things above (3:1)
Set your mind on things above (3:2)
Consider the members of your body as dead–to sin (3:3)
Put to death (3:5) (immorality and other self-autonomous sins)
Put aside (put off) anger (other venting sins- towards others) (3:8)
Do not lie (3:9)
Put on the new self (3:10)
Put on a heart of compassion (and basically the fruit of the Spirit) (3:12)
Put on love (3:14)
Let the peace of Christ rule your life (3:15)
Be thankful (3:15)
Let the word of Christ richly dwell in you (i.e. how one is filled by the Spirit) (3:16)
Teaching and admonishing one another (3:16)
Do all to the glory of God through Christ (3:17)
Wives be subject, as is fitting in the Lord (3:18)
Husbands love, do not be harsh (3:19)
Children obey, in everything (3:20)
Fathers do not provoke (embitter) (3:21)
Slaves obey with sincerity (3:22)
Whatever you do–work hard (3:23)
Masters be just and fair (4:1)
Continue steadfast in prayer (watchful with thanksgiving) (4:2)
Pray for open doors for the word (4:3)
Pray for clarity in speaking (4:4)
Be wise in your conduct toward outsiders (use time well) (4:5)
Speak graciously and appropriately (4:6)

Author: Steve

I love to study the Bible and I love to engage with others in learning. I had been privileged to do this on a regular basis through church ministry and through part-time teaching at a local Bible colleges. Helping individuals learn to feed themselves through their own study of God’s Word is joy-giving to me. Influencing groups to do life and church from a biblically grounded, theologically faithful perspective is my passion.

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