August 1, 2018 Off and On Part 5 Colossians 3:16-17

Part 5: Colossians 3:16-17
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. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.


Let the Word of Christ

·      Paul uses the word “LET” again

o   This is similar to what we looked at last week where we have to make a conscientious choice to allow Christ to lead us.

o   As followers of Christ, this should be an obvious choice. We should want Christ to guide us.

o   We need to release control of our lives to allow someone else to do something in it. The only way that we can get help in an area is when we finally realize that we are not getting the job done. By allowing Christ to take control, we are being directed exactly where He wants us to go. It may not be the safest route to take, but it will be the best route.

·      So what is the Word of Christ, or words of Christ?

o   Is it just the 4 gospels? No, if we believe Christ to be God, and He is, then the entire Bible is essentially the words of Christ…even Leviticus.

§  So we need to read our Bible and to know it.

 Verse 15 says to Let the peace of Christ rule your heart, now Paul is saying let His word dwell within it.

Dwell in you richly-

·         When you dwell somewhere, it means you live there. (Dwell could also mean to think about something for an extended period of time.)

o  Either way, for our heart, we are the landlord. We are the ones that make the decision as to what goes into it. Whether that be listening to praise and worship music, or binge watching some series on Netflix.  To allow the word of Christ to dwell there means that we must allow it to do so.

o  Scripture should be “at home” within us. It should be comfortably planted in our heart

·         Richly here is basically saying that it is abundant, or everywhere. That every corner of our heart should be filled with the message of Christ. That what comes out of us, should be like Christ and not like the world.

o  MTV Cribbs, opulence.

o  How do we know that something is alive?

§  It grows. So to allow the word of Christ to dwell, or to live in our heart means that it grows. It plants roots and begins to change our hearts to look more like Christ.

§  This means that it transforms our hearts from the darkened heart of a sinner, to the vibrant heart of a believer

§  God knows our heart (1 Samuel 16:7) He knows if our motives and desires are in line with Christ or if they are only for show.

§  Once the word of Christ takes root, fruit begins to be produced that matches that of Christ.

·         This filling our hearts with scripture is not like a weed. We shouldn’t just cram as much of the bible in our heads in one day and then forget about it. Weeds shoot up overnight but die just as quickly. They don’t help the earth, or anyone, they suck the nutrients out of the ground

·         This filling should be like a great tree. It takes its time to break open from the seed, to plant its roots deep into the earth around it so that when it begins to grow up towards the sky, it has a firm foundation and it will not fall when tested by the elements. Our faith should begin to grow deep within us before it begins to shine in the sunlight.

·         It’s one thing to read the Bible or to even memorize scripture, but it’s something totally different to actually understand it and live it out.

·         So, don’t be ragweed, be a great oak tree

With all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another

·         With all wisdom

o  To teach and admonish is telling us to correct people with wisdom.

o  NLT states to “teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives.

§  The wisdom that we have is not worldly wisdom. Just like previous things we have seen in these 9 verses, this wisdom is dependent on the prior things happening. It’s like having to take Algebra 1 before you can take Algebra 2. This peace of Christ and the love found in verses 14 and 15 are necessary before you can begin to develop Godly wisdom.

§  We see clearly in the NLT version that the wisdom that we have comes from God. Sometimes we can try to give advice based on our own knowledge or wisdom and it can actually be more detrimental than helpful. This is why we have to be careful that when we are speaking with someone, that we give them godly advice. We should always pray that God would guide our speech and our thoughts so that when we have the opportunity to speak to someone and help them, we will be able to speak truth to them, even hard truth, but in love.

§  To admonish is to correct or rebuke, with love. So it is like counseling as opposed to just berating someone with their faults.

·         One another

o  This is talking specifically about our brothers and sisters in the church. We are called to hold each other accountable. If we are not living a godly life, we need to be able to take honest critique from other believers.

§  This is one of the reasons why it is so important for us to be faithful church attenders. “

·         When you are outside of gospel community, you think you’re alright but you may be having issues that others can spot.”—Matt Chandler

·         Here’s the catch though. When we spot the faults or struggles of others, we need to be careful to take the plank out of our own eye. There have been times in the past that I was quick to point out someone else’s fault but I was obviously missing my own faults. So, when I went to try to give advice it came across as hardhearted or lacking compassion and it hurt the other person more than it helped.

·         With psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God

o  a sacred song or hymn, in particular any of those contained in the biblical Book of Psalms and used in Christian and Jewish worship.

§  Psalm- Old Testament psalms put to music, primarily, but the term was used also of vocal music in general. (for the choir director; Psalm 8)

§  Hymns- Perhaps songs of praise distinguished from the Psalms which exalted God, in that they focused on the Lord Jesus Christ.

§  Spiritual Songs- Probably songs of personal testimony expressing truthso of the grace of salvation in Christ.

o  Singing with thankfulness-

§  This doesn’t mean you have to sound like David Crowder or Lauren Daigle. You could sound like a dying cat as long as it is rejoicing to the Lord.

§  We have many things we can and should be thankful for because of Christ.

o  This is a corporate thing. That means, we are called to sing and praise God together. We can do it alone, in our shower or in our car but there is something special about praising God together and singing and rejoicing in what He has done for us.

Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father

How do we do everything in the name of Jesus?

·         Act consistently with who He is and what He wants

o   This means that we need to do what Paul said previously…

§  Let Christ rule our hearts, and also let the word of Christ dwell or live within our heart.

§  The more we allow Christ to rule and live within us, the more we will be able to do what Christ would do.

o   What does this say about free will? By letting Christ rule our hearts and His word dwell there, we willingly choose to act and live like Christ. It is not a chore, or something we must do but it is something that we get to do.

·         When we do all in the name of Christ, we can give thanks to God regardless of what He has called us to do, even if that means go somewhere that could cost us everything.