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March 15th, 2018 - Col 3:16

                     Daily Devotional <> March 15,2018 <> Thursday

                    The Character of the new man <> Colossians 3:16

                            Point of Contact <> Bro. Ben Van Winkle

 

   Punctuation of (V:16( is important. Lets look at the following: Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching & admonishing one another; in psalms, hymns, & spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

   There are of course three section to this verse. First; we are to let the Word of Christ dwell in us richly. The Word of Christ refers to the teachings of Christ as found in the Bible. As we saturate our hearts & minds with His Holy Word, & seek to walk in obedience to it, then the  Word of Christ is at home in our hearts.

   The second thought is that in all wisdom we should be teaching & admonishing one another. Every Christian has a responsibility to his brothers & sister in Christ concerning this matter. Teaching has to do with doctrine, where admonishing has to do with duty. We owe it to our brethren to share our knowledge of Scripture with them, & seek to help with practical & godly counsel. When Teaching & admonishing are given in wisdom, they are most likely to find acceptance than when we speak with force but unwisely or without love.

   The third thing is that with psalms, hymns & spiritual songs we should sing with grace in our hearts to the Lord. Psalms describes those inspired utterances which are found in Psalms, which were sung as part of Israel's worship. Hymns on the other hand were generally understood as songs of worship & praise addressed to God the Father & the Lord Jesus Christ, here is just one example; Jesus! The very thought of You.

   Using these songs we should sing with grace & thanksgiving, in our hearts to the Lord. (V:16) is very similar to Ephesians 5:18, 19; the main difference is instead of saying, “be filled with the Spirit,” Paul says: “Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly.”

   It is not some mysterious, emotional crisis that comes in life, but rather day by day feeding on the Scripture, meditating on them, obeying them, & living by them.