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 (ESV)
We will start our look at this verse by focusing on the first phrase:
”Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly…”
I suppose this phrase hits people in a couple of different ways: Either it’s extremely sweet and comforting or it is extremely offensive.
How does it hit you? When you think of the “word of Christ,” what is your reaction?
To some of us, when the Bible is mentioned, we think of an old, old outdated book that couldn’t possible have any use given the context of today’s culture. To some, God’s word is seen as a constraint that prevents us from living and doing the things we want to do. We see it as a big list of don’ts. To some , it’s the ultimate downer.
To some of us, though, God’s word is life. Through it we find comfort and strength and hope.
In one sense, our response really doesn’t matter. Why? Because God’s word is what it is. Our response to God’s word, or lack or response, doesn’t change the truth about what God’s word is. Whether we accept or reject the God’s word, we need to realize that our opinion of God’s word doesn’t change what God’s word is. God’s word is what it says it is.
Sp what does God’s word say that it is? Here are a couple of reminders:
God’s word is alive: ”For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” – Hebrews 4:12 (ESV)
God’s word is a fire: “Is not my word like fire, declares the Lord…” – Jeremiah 23:29 (ESV)
God’s word is a hammer: “..,and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?” – Jeremiah 23:29 (ESV)
God’s word is all sufficient: “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” – 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (ESV)
And here is one more reminder. When Jesus speaks, His word is equivalent to, and has the same power as, God speaking. Remember what we are told in Hebrews 1:
“But in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world.” – Hebrews 1:2 (ESV)
Today’s admonition is to “let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.” What a sweet, sweet message. God’s word points us to salvation in Christ, points us to how to live in Christ (that’s what we see here in Colossians 3) and tells us what is to come.
When we are directed to “let the word of Christ dwell in [us] richly,” we are being encouraged to have a deeper fellowship with Christ. Why would we not want to do this?