Colossians 3 Part 3
New King James Version 16. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
The Resultant Version 16. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with the grace which is in your hearts to God.
Now he calls on the Colossians to let the word of Christ dwell in them richly. The “word” here is the Greek word logos, which means the expression of a thing, as it does in John 1:1, where it speaks of Jesus Christ as the Logos or Expression of God. Here, it speaks not just of the living Word, Jesus Christ, but also of the written Word, the Bible, which teaches us of Him. If we are to live in true union with God, if we are to partake of the substance of Christ, then we must allow His Word to dwell in us by reading, studying, memorizing, and understanding it. That Word needs to dwell in us richly, and it will only dwell richly in us if we give much time and effort to this end. Many believers are quite content to let the word of Christ dwell moderately or poorly in them, as they know only snippets of the word, verses here and there, and not the full riches of God’s written truth. Therefore, we can hardly be surprised when they have difficulty expressing Christ in their walks and lifestyles. It requires a rich infusion of the word of Christ into a person’s life to produce the proper kind of worthy walk that God desires of His children. Read the rest of this entry »