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... My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge."
Jesus said: "Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves" (Matthew 10:16 NASB).
|THE ACTION OF ANGER|
An author for Readers Digest described how he studied the Amish people in preparation for an article on them. In his observation at the school yard, he noted that the children never screamed or yelled. This amazed him. He spoke to the schoolmaster. He remarked how he had not once heard an Amish child yell, and asked why the schoolmaster thought that was so. The schoolmaster replied, "Well, have you ever heard an Amish adult Yell?" 1
A lady once came to Billy Sunday and tried to rationalize her angry outbursts. She said: "There's nothing wrong with losing my temper, I blow up, and then it's all over." "So does a shotgun," Sunday replied, "and look at the damage it leaves Behind!" 2
The "biblical" commandment to get rid of anger is also very clearly expressed in Colossians 3:8 in the Greek text and in all of the following translations of the text. (See the footnote for the Greek text). 3
New American Standard Bible (NASB):
"But now you also, put them all aside: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech from your mouth." (© Copyright 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977 by The Lockman Foundation.)
"But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth." (Public Domain 1611, 1769.)
"But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth." (© 1982 Thomas Nelson.)
"But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language." (© 1996 Tyndale Charitable Trust.)
"But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth." (© 2001 Crossway Bibles.)
"But now put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and foul talk from your mouth." (© 1947, 1952.)
"But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips." (© 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society.)
Maurice E. Wagner, Th.M., Ph.D., 1914-2005, 4 in the "Introduction" to his book entitled Anger's Fire Extinguisher - What Anger Is And How To Get Rid Of It, said: "The Bible gives very specific instruction about the emotion of anger, its source, its destructive effects, and how it needs to be managed. The Bible is not commonly viewed as a resource book for psychological insight, but our God who created and redeemed us has not left us to guess about such an important emotion as anger. The Bible contradicts the usual teachings about anger and speaks specifically about getting rid of the emotion as soon as possible. It explains that our anger is under the control of our will, that we are not victims of our feelings, as we may think. Anger is both a physical problem and a spiritual problem."
The commandment to "put off from yourselves" in Colossians 3:8 translates the Greek verb apoqesqe; the English transliteration is apothesthe. 6 It is defined by Thayer's Greek-English Lexicon as follows: "New Testament middle voice: to put off from one's self." 7 The word all, in them all as the New American Standard Bible translates the Greek text, clearly refers to all, not some (see footnote for Greek lexicon references). And the word all, in all these as the King James Version translates the Greek text, refers to all, not some. It can not be any plainer than that.
orghn, translated anger, is the direct object of the verb apoqesqe; the English transliteration is apothesthe, and in addition to the other sins listed, is to be put off from one's self.
Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament says: "Put ye also away (apothesthe kai humeis). Second aorist middle imperative of old verb apotithe>mi, to put away, lay aside like old clothes. . . . All these (ta panta). The whole bunch of filthy rags (anger orge>n, wrath thumon, malice kakian, railing blasphe>mian, shameful speaking aisehrologian)." 9
The People's New Testament by Barton W. Johnson, Colossians: Chapter III - The New Life in Christ says: "5-8. Mortify therefore your members. The Greek word is stronger. It means, "Put to death." Since you died to the world and the flesh, slay also the earthly lusts and passions which belong to the flesh. They belong to the old nature, not to the new creature. Uncleanness. Every kind of impure act. Inordinate affection. Lustful passion. Covetousness. See note on Eph. 5:5. 6. For which things' sake. Because these things are practiced by those who live in disobedience, God's wrath is coming upon them. 7. In the which ye also walked. They had been Gentile heathen, and among them licentiousness was at that time universal. . . . 8. Also put off all these. The sins that follow as well as those named above. Anger, wrath, malice. A climax, full of evil to other men." 11
"The Nature of Sin. It scarcely requires stating that modern ideas about sin receive no countenance from Scripture, which never speaks about sin as 'good in the making,' as 'the shadow cast by man's immaturity,' as 'a necessity determined by heredity and environment,' as 'a stage in the upward development of a finite being,' as a 'taint adhering to man's corporeal frame,' as a 'physical disease,' 'a mental infirmity,' 'a constitutional weakness,' and least of all 'as a figment of the imperfectly enlightened, or theologically perverted, imagination,' but always as the free act of an intelligent, moral and responsible being asserting himself against the will of his Maker, the supreme Ruler of the universe. That will the Bible takes for granted every person may learn, either from the law written on his own heart (Romans 1:15); or from the revelation furnished by God to mankind, first to the Hebrew Church in the Old Testament Scriptures, and afterwards to the Christian Church and through it to the whole world in the New Testament Gospels and Epistles. Hence, sin is usually described in the Sacred Volume by terms that indicate with perfect clearness its relation to the Divine will or law, and leaves no uncertainty as to its essential character." 12 To ignore the sins described in the Bible, as some do, is absolute lunacy. The Standard Bible Commentary On Thessalonians, Corinthians, Galatians and Romans by J. W. McGarvey, LL.D., and Philip Y. Pendleton, A. M. says: "Verily all professing Christians would do well to take heed to what the Bible designates as sins, and not trust too much to their own fallible sentiment and judgment in such matters." 13
The importance of the message contained in the 3rd chapter of Colossians is clearly seen as we consider the fact that the first two chapters deal with the need to be established in the faith of Jesus Christ, and the 3rd chapter offers a detailed description of "The Christian Solution." Mark Copeland in his "Study Guide on Colossians" 14 points out that in chapters 1-2, the Apostle Paul has maintained that Christ is "all-sufficient" in matters of salvation and overcoming sin. Beginning in chapter 3, the text gives basic and practical admonitions that pertain to living a life in Christ. The 4th chapter is an exhortation to the Colossians to walk in unity and in a manner worthy of their calling.
The "biblical" solution says in Colossians 3:12-14 (NASB): "And so, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against any one; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. And beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity."
And, the "biblical" solution says in Colossians 3:15-17 (NASB): "And let the peace of Christ rule 15 in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ richly dwell 16 within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God; And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father." Proverbs 21:23 (NASB): "He who guards his mouth and his tongue, Guards his soul from troubles."
Origen (A.D. 185-254), the early Christian writer said: "The scripture, which tells us not to be angry at all, and which says in the thirty-seventh Psalm, 'Cease from anger, and forsake wrath,' and which commands us by the mouth of Paul to 'put off all these, anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication,' would not involve God in the same passion from which it would have us to be altogether Free." 17
1 Counter Attack, Jay Carty, Multnomah Press, 1988, p. 41ff.
2 Maggie Scarg in New York Times Magazine.
3 The Greek text of Colossians chapter 3 and verse 8, with an interlinear English translation, reads as follows:
Nunide apoqesqe kai umeiV ta panta, orghn,
Nowbut put off from yourselves also you wholly all; anger,
, kakian, blasfhmian, aiscrologian, ek tou stomatoV umwn.
wrath, malice, slander, abusive speech out of the mouth your.
4 From 1940 to 1950, Maurice E. Wagner studied and he received Th.B., B.S., B.D. and Th.M. degrees. In 1956, he became a part-time chaplain at the Downey, Va. Mental Hospital where he served for over four years. He took special notice of how the Bible speaks to the emotional needs of people. In 1961, he accepted the challenge of becoming the first counselor at the Narramore Christian Foundation, then in Pasadena, now in Rosemead, California. Coincident with his full-time counseling position, he studied and received the degree of Ph.D. in 1969 from Southern California Institute of Psychology in Beverly Hills. In 1979, Dr. Wagner moved to Atascadero, California where he began the Mid-Coast Counseling Service. In 1989, he retired from counseling to devote his time to writing; preparing practical studies which apply to the emotional needs of people. He said that he had been eager to write the book: Anger's Fire Extinguisher for nearly two decades, but the Lord had a few lessons for him to learn about his own emotion of anger before attempting to put anything into print.
5 Anger's Fire Extinguisher by Maurice E. Wagner, Th.M., Ph.D. (Atascadero, CA: Christian Growth Publishers, Inc., 1992), page 1 of Introduction.
6 The Greek verb apoqesqe - English transliteration, apothesthe is the 2nd person, plural, aorist 2 tense, imperative mood, middle voice of apotiqhmi, transliterated apotithemi. The aorist tense means: simple occurrence without regard to time. The imperative mood means: a command or instruction given to the hearer, charging the hearer to carry out or perform a certain action. The middle voice shows the subject acting in his/or her own behalf, or participating in the results of the verbal action. So, get rid of, or put them all off from one's self is the clear command.
The English word all translates the Greek word panta--transliterated panta and translated: all and is the accusative case, plural, neuter of pas (paV) preceded by the article ta (ta) which means according to Bauer, Arndt, and Gingrich's A GREEK-ENGLISH LEXICON of the New Testament, page 638: "-As acc. of specification, almost like an adv.: ta panta in all respects - As a summation of what precedes all this 2 Cor 4:15; Phil 3:8b; Col 3:8." Thayer's Greek-English Lexicon, page 493 says: "accusative panta, wholly, altogether, in all ways, in all things, in all respects." The Analytical Lexicon, page 311 says: "panta, in all respects."
7 Joseph Henry Thayer, D.D., GREEK-ENGLISH LEXICON of the NEW TESTAMENT (Grand Rapids, Michigan: ZONDERVAN PUBLISHING HOUSE, First Zondervan printing 1962, Fifth printing 1966), a)po/qesqe - middle voice of a)poti/qhmi, page 69
8 The Greek word orghn--transliterated orge>n is the accusative case of the noun orgh. The accusative case is the case of the direct object, receiving the action of the verb.
9 Word Pictures in the New Testament, Volume VI by A. T. Robertson (Nashville, TN: Broadman Press, 1931), page 501.
10 Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Blue Letter Bible. 01 Mar 1996).
11 The People's New Testament by Barton W. Johnson (St. Louis, MO: Christian Publishing Company, 1891. These files are public domain and are a derivative of an electronic edition that is available on the Christian Classics Ethereal Library website, www.ccel.org.
12 The Biblical Conception of Sin by Thomas Whitelaw, M.A., D.D., (Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, Scotland in The Fundamentals Ed. by R.A. Torrey. Blue Letter Bible. 6 Oct 2003).
13 Commentary On Thessalonians, Corinthians, Galatians and Romans by J. W. McGarvey, LL.D., and Philip Y. Pendleton, A. M. (Cincinnati, OH: Standard Publishing Company, Public Domain), page 283.
14 Mark Copeland's web site: (www.executableoutlines.com).
15 Let rule - the Greek verb is: brabeuetw--transliteration is brabeueto>; 3rd person, singular, present tense, imperative mood. Translation is: let preside or rule. So, let the peace of Christ continue to rule in your hearts, this is a command
16 Let dwell - the Greek verb is: enoikeitw--transliteration is enoikeito>; 3rd person, singular, present tense, imperative mood. Translation is: let dwell. So, let the word of Christ continue to dwell in you richly; this is a command.
17 The Ante-Nicene Fathers, Origen Against Celsus, Book IV, Chap. LXXII, Vol. IV (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1976), page 529.
2. Ephesians 6:4 (NASB) says: "And, fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord." Parents, by the manifestation of anger and the provoking of their children to anger, cause anger triggers to be embedded in their children's brain cells with the result that their children can become angry caused by the embedded anger triggers. Agree? Disagree?
3. How were you taught as a child to deal with anger? Were you taught that it was all right to be angry?
4. Or, were you taught as a child to identify your anger triggers and to defuse them? Do you consider it difficult to accept the teaching of Christ concerning anger because of what you were taught as a child?
5. What do you think that Jesus means when He forbids anger in Matthew 5:21-22 and what do you think that Jesus means in verses 26-27 when He says: "And every one who hears these words of Mine and does not act upon them, will be like a foolish man, who built his house upon the sand. And the rains descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and burst against that house; and it fell, and great was its fall."
6. What do you believe the outcome will be for those who do not obey the commandments and teachings of Christ?
7. Is it essential that we consider this subject regarding anger in the light of what the New Testament writers said in the original language? Do you believe that the words of the Bible contain all the ideas in it, and in order that the ideas may be perceived, the words of the Bible need to be rightly understood?
8. Does the Bible contradict the usual teachings about anger and does it speak specifically about getting rid of the emotion? Explain.
9. What do you think of Matthew Henry's understanding of Colossians 3:1-11; and what do you think of Barton W. Johnson's understanding of Colossians 3:5-8?
Do you accept the fact that Colossians 3:1-11 lists anger as a sin among the sins inconsistent with the new life in Christ? Why would one feel at liberty to mortify only some sensual sins; some sins of the emotions; and some sins of the tongue?
10. What do you think of Thomas Whitelow's The Biblical Conception of Sin?
11. Can peace and "the action of anger" rule the same heart? "Satan is the oldest liar in the records of eternity." His influence is seen everywhere this subject is written about, discussed or treated. Many are under the influence of his erroneous views and principles regarding anger and being angry without ever perceiving, designing or intending it. Anger has been a problem for human beings since Cain killed Abel. We must not let Satan's erroneous views and principles regarding anger and being angry influence our thinking and our actions. Agree? Disagree?
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