- Colossians 3:16-20
- Col 3:16 (KJB)
- 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.
- Richly - Abundantly
- Admonishing - Instructing or put in mind
- In psalms - Songs of Praise
- Spiritual - Things pertaining to the Spirit
- This verse is a great instruction as to where the word of Christ, that
is the teachings of Scripture, belong in the life of the believer. The words
“let the” are in the imperative mood which means that it is a command. The
Scriptures must be at the forefront of all the teachings that the true
believer does. As a matter of fact, it is not only to be in the forefront of
all teachings, but it is also to permeate our minds in the matter of praise.
First of all, the verse teaches us that we need to have the word of Christ
dwell in us abundantly. This happens when we keep the Scriptures above the
teachings of man. It is a sad state of affairs in Christianity where the
words of man has taken the place of the Scriptures. When a situation arises,
the first thing many Christians do is run to their favorite theologian or
preacher to see what they have to say about it. This is backwards, as the
words of man need to take second place to the principles of Scripture.
- Our wisdom does not come from the words of man but comes from studying
and understanding the Scriptures. When we have the Scriptures planted firmly
in our minds, then we are able to do some real teaching.
(Mark 1:22 KJV) And they were astonished at his
doctrine: for he taught them as one that had authority, and not as the
scribes. The Lord spoke with authority because
what He spoke was Scripture and not commentary. When we have the Lord’s
words permeating our minds, then when we praise the Lord, it is not songs of
craziness with lyrics like “My grandmother is on heaven’s porch in a rocking
chair.” That is just an example of how off base praise can get if not
Scripturally based. The songs of praise we sing are to be tied to the
Scriptures and the spiritual songs are to be spiritual in nature and not
made up “religious lyrics.” Songs that tell of the sunsets or the sunrises
are nice, but they tell of the creation and not the Creator, and that is a
big difference. Then we are to be singing the songs of “grace” which in this
case would be songs of thankfulness or gratitude. It focuses on what God has
done in our lives by saving us. The songs are also to be sung to the Lord
and not for the purpose of others hearing us to compliment our voice. Praise
is a Christian dynamic which focuses completely on the Lord and not the
person doing the praising.
- Col 3:17 (KJB)
- And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the
name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
- Whatsoever - Everything
- Deed - Work
- The main guiding principle in the Christian’s life is to make sure that
whatever they are partaking of will never bring shame upon the name of the
Lord Jesus Christ. If the Christian acts in harmony with the revealed will
of God in Scripture, then they will be acting accordingly as an obedient
Christian. One of the problems we run into is that we will go ahead and do
things without sitting down and counting the cost.
(1 Th 5:22 KJV) Abstain from all appearance of
evil. We must not only avoid the evil itself, but
it is necessary that we also avoid the appearance of evil. We must be very
careful not only to guard our testimony but to guard what others say about
our testimony. There is no such thing as a Christian living unto themselves.
The fact is that the world is out to try and catch us in a sin or even in a
perceived sin. All you need is an accusation against you, and it does not
matter whether you are guilty or not, you will be guilty in people’s minds.
One of the best safeguards that God has placed on our actions is found in
this verse. In concert with our actions, we are to give God thanks by the
Lord Jesus Christ. If you are partaking in an action and you cannot give God
the thanks, then you may be involved in something which can harm your
testimony. If you can thank God truthfully, then you are on the right track.
(1 Cor 10:31 KJV) Whether therefore ye
eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31 speaks of the same type of situation.
Do everything to the glory of God and you know you are on the right track.
If what you are doing does not bring glory to God, then you know instantly
you may be involved in an action which may besmirch the name of God before
- Col 3:18 (KJB)
- Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit
in the Lord.
- Submit - Subject yourselves
- It is fit - Fitting, proper, or becoming
- As we have previously seen that Christ is the all-sufficient one for the
Christian and now Paul applies that supremacy to different groups of people.
The first group pf people he wants to apply the sufficiency of Christ is the
wives. Wives are to be in subjection to their husbands. The word “submit” is
in the middle voice which means the wife participates in the action of being
submissive. The wives are to be submissive to their husbands as is proper in
the Lord. This means that the husband is not to cause the wife to do
anything which is outside her Christian testimony. When the husband is a
godly husband and the wife submits, then she is, in essence, showing her
submission to Christ also.
- Col 3:19 (KJB)
- Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.
- Bitter - Harsh or sharp
- Husbands are to love their wives and not to be harsh with them. He is to
love her and protect her, and to try to understand her a little. Women were
created different than men, not just anatomically, but also in mind and
spirit. They think differently than we do and they see things differently
than a man does and these things are strengths and not weaknesses. The
husband needs to understand this so he sees his wife as a life’s partner and
not just his maid. A wife has much to offer in a marriage relationship and a
husband needs to realize this and once he does, he will realize what a great
gift a wife from the Lord is. It is unfortunate that some men mistreat their
wives and only see them as sex partners rather than life’s partners. Within
the confines of loving a wife is definitely wanting to understand her needs
and her desires for their marriage.
- Col 3:20 (KJB)
- Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is
well pleasing unto the Lord.
- Obey - Listen to or be subject to
- Well pleasing - Acceptable
- Children are also included in the group. They are to be obedient unto
their parents and Paul is speaking to those parents who are Christians in
all things biblically lawful. If a believing child has an unbelieving parent
or parents, then they are not expected to sin on the impulse of an
unbelieving parent. Now that may mean the unbelieving parent may scold or
even strike the child for not obeying, but children, like adults, must obey
God rather than men. (Acts 5:29 KJV)
Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey
God rather than men. If a child obeys his or her
parents to the best of their ability and understanding, then this is
pleasing to the Lord for the children have learned deference to authority
and leads to a life of submitting themselves to the Lord.
(Prov 22:6 KJV) Train up a child in the way he
should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
If a person becomes saved at a very young age and if
their parents teach them correctly, they will live a solid Christian life
unto their old age having been trained correctly.