“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” (Colossians 3:16)
1. There is something called, “the word of Christ”.
Application: Do not stop at the words of man, but find this word that surpasses all other words.
2. This word can “dwell” in people.
Application: Do not settle for this word of Christ living outside your life, or blessing the lives of others; experience it making its home in your own heart.
3. This word can dwell in people “richly”.
Application: Do not settle for a weak or impoverished experience of this word, but seek the richest possible experience of the words of God.
4. This word is the spring from which we teach one another.
Application: Make this the spring from which we drink the deepest, longest, most often, and make it the source of what we seek to enrich the lives of others.
5. In teaching one another this word, we have the necessity and means of admonishing one another to live by this word.
Application: Do not miss the rich treasure of both urging righteous responses to the teaching of this word, and warning against unrighteous responses to the teaching of the words of Christ.
6. It is only through the word of Christ that we can teach and admonish “in all wisdom”.
Application: Do not rely on the wisdom of the world for teaching and admonishing, but on the wisdom found in the words of our Savior.
7. The richness of the word of Christ in us causes us to sing “psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs.”
Application: Do not settle for the music of the world, the flesh, and the devil, when the rich, inner, experience of the words of Christ produces the music of the heavenly kingdom for the edification of the body-of-Christ-choir, the Church.
8. The word of Christ dwelling in the church richly causes thankfulness in our hearts to God.
Application: Let us seek this unified, corporate experience of the words of Christ dwelling in the Church so richly that it stirs up constant thanksgiving in heart and expression, for the further building up of the body of Christ.
The fact that we are speaking of the “word of Christ”, the personal word of the very personal Shepherd of the flock of God, means we should have a daily time with God, prayerfully meditating upon these words, until our experience rises up to the meaning of the words “dwell in you richly”. Because such a thing is possible, and because “faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ,” we must simply make the most of what God has given to us.
We can be quite sure that God is speaking to us through his word. It is up to us to “let” this word of Christ reach its ultimate fulfillment in our lives. Not only will that give God glory for the powerful working of his word, but it will do us the greatest good that any words could ever do.
© 2014 Monte Vigh ~ Box 517, Merritt, BC, V1K 1B8 ~ email@example.com
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