Lesson Scriptures: Colossians 3:1-3,12-17
Key Lesson Theme: “Live the Message”
Today's Lesson: Thursday, May 13
16 Let the word of Christ dwell richly among you, in all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another through psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.
17 And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Christ has been at the heart of all that Paul has written, not only in the previous verses, but the whole letter. Paul’s claim was Christ is superior, exalted above all. Two more exhortations concerning the believers’ relationship with Him surface in verses 16-17. First, treasure His word; second, conform your life to the relationship you have with Him.
The totality of the Christian life is to be lived in conformity with the relationship we have with Him. “In the world in which Paul lived the name of a person indicated the person’s power and authority. To do something in the name of another person was to do something related to the intent of that person or in relationship with that person. Paul had already written about the absolute preeminence of Jesus Christ as Lord (see Col. 1:15-23). Building upon that, this verse set everything in subjection to Christ’s power and direction.”
When all of life is lived under the dominion of the Lord Christ, a person can approach every day with a sense of gratitude. We have reason, the ability, and access to give (giving) thanks to God and the Father by him; meaning our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ
What are some lasting truths from Colossians 3:16-17?
>Believers are to fill their lives with the richness of the word of Christ.
>Every believer has a responsibility to teach and counsel others according to the word of Christ.
>Living by the word of Christ enjoins us to joyful worship of the Lord of grace and glory.
>Thank God for the opportunity to speak and act in the power and authority of Jesus Christ and to be identified with Him.
Until tomorrow Saints...
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