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  Bro. Tom’s Weekly Bible Study
  Week #13
Posted: December 9, 2007

COLOSSIANS 3:15-17

We have been for several weeks studying in Colossians, Chapter 3 on the Christian life. We have looked at the position in this life and the practice in this life.  This week we draw our attention to Chapter 3 and verses 15-17 that say, “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. 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. 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.”  I have entitled this section “The Purpose In This Life” The Bible tells us that Daniel purposed in his heart.  Paul in our text gives us some guidelines of purpose to lead us in the path of holiness for the Christian life.

            In verse 15 we see ‘The Purpose Of Peace’.  I draw our attention first of all to “The Throne Of Peace’. The statement “…let the peace of God rule in your hearts,” can also be translated let the peace of Christ rule.  Peace is not a thing but it is a person.  The word ‘rule’ is defined as an umpire of the soul.  Our Lord when rightly enthroned on our hearts will tell us when we near the boundary lines of His laws of right and wrong.  The little phrase “…called in one body;” gives us the basis of ‘The Treasure Of Peace’.  The peace of Christ is not to be enjoyed by just an individual but it can rule over the corporate mystic body of believers in the church.  Oh what worship we could enjoy if all had the peace of Christ ruling in their hearts.  We see in our text also ‘The Thanks Of Peace’ in the phrase “…and be ye thankful.” When the peace of Christ rules in our heart we will give thanks for what our Lord does to us and for us.  Paul while in a Philippian prison sang praises and gave thanks.  Our Lord gave thanks for the bread the night before He died and said, “This is my body which is broken for you”.

            In verse 16 of our study we see ‘The Purpose Of Principle’.  This verse deals with the child of God’s relationship with the principle laid down in the Bible.  We see first, ‘The Dwelling Principle’ in our phrase “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly…” The word ‘richly’ deals with the amount that is an abundant amount.  The word ‘dwell’ means to be at home in.  The word ‘wisdom’ is the clarity of understanding that only comes from above and is channeled through the Word.  We see also in our text ‘The Demonstration Principle’.  When the Word is faithfully taken in there will be a faithful giving out of the Word to others.  This demonstration will be through teaching, admonishment, and singing.  We have in our text ‘The Direction Principle’.  All of the output of the Word must be done ‘to the Lord’ with the desire for His approval upon our ministry of His Word. 

            The last thought we see in verse 17 is ‘The Purpose Of Practice’. As we take in the Word and peace rules in our heart it will be manifested in our practice. 

            Let us see in 17a ‘The Examination Of Our Practice’ in the phrase “And whatsoever ye do in word and deed…”  We must examine all of our words and actions.  This is not an easy task.  Our Lord says we will be judged for every idle word.  We may find when looking at our words that we want to be a people of a few words.  Our deeds will involve our actions and reactions.  The most troubling area for me is my reactions.

            Then in verse 17b we have ‘The Exaltation In Our Practice’ in the phrase “…do all in the name of the Lord Jesus…” We must be able to say everything we do and say have His name of approval upon it.  Lord have mercy upon us.  So much of what we do and say would not meet God’s eyes or ears of approval.

            In verse 17c we have ‘The Enjoyment In Our Practice’ in the phrase “…” When peace is ruling, the Word is dwelling, and our ways are pleasing we will live a life that is a picture of thanksgiving.  The writer of Hebrews said it best in the text, “By Him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to His name.” 

             

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