Archive for January 7th, 2021

Colossians 3:14-16

In Colossians 3:14-16 Paul shares the one virtue that stands above all others, one that God and Christ demonstrated perfectly and is required of us in relationships we have with others – it is a four letter word LOVE. “And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.” Vaughan explains “All the virtues listed in vv. 12, 13 are, on the highest level, manifestations of love; but love is larger than any one of them, indeed, larger than all of them combined.” Wright goes on to explain just how important love is when he writes “The other virtues, pursued without love, become distorted and unbalanced.”

Paul continues and teaches us how peace should reign in our hearts. “And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.” Being ruled by the peace of God means that peace should characterize how we live as God’s people, and that peace is a standard for discerning God’s will. Clarke explains “Let the peace of Christ judge, decide, and govern in your hearts, as the brabeus, or judge, does in the Olympic contests…. When a man loses his peace, it an awful proof that he has lost something else that he has given way to evil, and grieved the Spirit of God.”

Wright explains that here Paul is talking about peace in the context of the Body of Christ, ” ‘Peace’ here is not the inward, individual peace of mind which accompanies humble confident trust in God’s love, but a peace which characterizes the community, the ‘body’ as a whole.” So how does all this work for a Christ Follower? By walking in the Word of God and in worship with other believers. “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.” Paul gives us four key areas that should define how we relate to each other and live in peace together:

  1. Being in the Word
  2. Teaching and admonishing each other
  3. Singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs
  4. Being grateful to God

It all begins with being immersed in God’s Word. If we are doing that, the other things will follow. We will not be able to contain ourselves when it comes to sharing God’s truth with others in the Body. Paul doesn’t tell us to beat one another with God’s Word, but to teach and admonish each other. That means helping apply God’s Word in each others lives. We’re told to worship. Peake explains “The word of Christ is to dwell in them so richly that it finds spontaneous expression in religious song in the Christian assemblies or the home.” And the outcome of being in God’s Word, sharing it with others, and worshipping Him will be an overwhelming sense of gratitude for a good and generous God who has blessed us far beyond what we deserve!

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