Colossians 3:16

Sunday Evening Service

October 26, 2003

 (Col 3:16 KJV)  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.

dwell inenoikeo – to dwell in; metaph. to dwell in one and influence him (for good).  This is a present imperative – a command to have God’s Word dwell continually in you.


Get God’s Word into you

Let it dwell in you.
George Mueller said this about God’s word:  “The vigor of our spiritual life will be in exact proportion to the place held by the Bible in our life and thoughts.  I solemnly state this from the experience of 54 years.  The first 3 years after conversion I neglected the word of God.  Since I began to search it diligently the blessing has been wonderful.  Great has been the blessing from consecutive, diligent, daily study.  I look upon it as a lost day when I have not had a good time over the word of God.”
Michael Billester once gave a Bible to a humble villager in eastern Poland.  Returning a few years later, he learned that 200 people had become believers through using it.  When the group gathered to hear him preach, he suggested that before he spoke he would like each person to quote some verses of Scripture.  One man rose and said, "Perhaps, Brother, we've misunderstood you. Did you mean verses or chapters?"  Billester was astonished. "Are you saying there are people here who could recite complete chapters of the Bible?"  That was precisely the case.  In fact, 13 of them knew half of Genesis and the books of Matthew and Luke.  Another had committed all the psalms to memory.  Combined, the 200 knew virtually the entire Bible.


Keep getting God’s Word into you

Continuous action.
What makes the difference is not how many times you have been through the Bible, but how many times and how thoroughly the Bible has been through you.
-- Gipsy Smith
D. L. Moody tells of the following incident:  “A man stood up in one of our meetings and said he hoped for enough out of the series of meetings I was having to last him all of his life. I told him he might as well try to eat enough breakfast at one time to last his lifetime.”

-- Charles R. Swindoll, The Christian Life, (Vision House, 1994), p. 93.


Let God’s Word impact your life.

richlyplousios – abundantly, richly
Let it dwell richly
H. A. Ironside told of visiting a godly Irishman, Andrew Frazer, who had come to southern California to recover from a serious illness. Though quite weak, he opened his worn Bible and began expounding the deep truths of God in a way that Ironside had never heard before. Ironside was so moved by Frazer’s words that he asked him, “Where did you get these things?  Could you tell me where I could find a book that would open them up to me? Did you learn them in some seminary or college?”  The sickly man gave an answer that Ironside said he would never forget.  “My dear young man, I learned these things on my knees on the mud floor of a little sod cottage in the north of Ireland. There with my open Bible before me I used to kneel for hours at a time and ask the Spirit of God to reveal Christ to my soul and to open the Word to my heart.  He taught me more on my knees on that mud floor than I ever could have learned in all the seminaries or colleges in the world.”
It will impact your life.
(Psa 119:11 KJV)  Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

A pilot was flying his small plane one day, when he heard a noise which he recognized as the gnawing of a rat.  Wondering what its sharp teeth were cutting through, he suddenly realized with horror that it might be an electric wire.  Then he remembered that rodents can’t survive at high altitudes. Immediately he began climbing until finally he had to put on his oxygen mask.  Soon the gnawing sound ceased, and when he landed he found the rat—dead.

Do you want to destroy the power of evil in your life?  Then read the Bible regularly, meditate upon its truths, and actively do God’s will.  Sinful appetites can’t survive in such spiritual heights. Listen to the Heavenly Father as He calls, “Children, come up higher!”


Singing the Scriptures

psalms and hymns and spiritual songs – (qalmoiv, the Psalms in the Old Testament originally with musical accompaniment), {hymns} (umnoiv, praises to God composed by the Christians like #1Ti 3:16), {spiritual songs} (wdaiv pneumatikaiv, general description of all whether with or without instrumental accompaniment). The same song can have all three words applied to it.
I think there’s connection between God’s Word and the songs we sing.
I think the work of God’s Word in our lives produces music.  Songs can also teach us God’s Word.

Several years ago a pastor stayed overnight at the home of a young couple.  He was awakened the next morning by a soprano voice singing, Nearer, My God to Thee.  At breakfast he mentioned to his hostess how pleased he was to hear that lovely old hymn, but that it seemed to go much faster than he had ever heard it sung before.  “Oh,” replied the hostess, “I guess that’s because I wasn’t paying too much attention to the words.  You see, it’s a good song my mother used to sing, and I’ve found that it’s a good one to boil eggs by.  Just repeat the first verse five times rapidly for soft-boiled, and eight times for hard.

Let it teach you more than just boiling an egg.