Thankfulness finds expression in song.— . Colossians 3:16-18. Colossians 3:15); the psalm of love being in the heart before it finds vent by the lips, and even when not actually expressed, as in closet-worship. "Unless the word of Christ dwelt richly within them, they could not fulfill this duty; for they could not teach and admonish unless they knew what lessons to impart, and in what spirit alike were to be found in the gospel...Sparing acquaintance with Divine revelation would lead to scanty counsel and ineffective tuition." In the latter passage the hymns and songs are the outgrowth of the filling of the Spirit, while in Colossians they are the result of the deep assimilation of the Word of God. psalms which are sung. It was 160 kilometres(100 miles) east of the city called Ephesus. He"s not pretending; he knows. [Note: Vaughan, p216. See Colossians 1:28, and Acts 20:31. is used exclusively and . Which should make us ask ourselves, "Am I doing my fair share in encouraging my brethren?". Our first purpose is to worship and honor God our Father and Jesus Christ. ни истинам Слова Божьего. [Note: Robertson, 4:505. Every Christian is under this obligation (1 Thessalonians 5:14). Christianity is uniquely a singing religion. "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom. Second, theologically I am more comfortable with a dichotomist position--that human beings consist of spirit and body--This leads me to suggest that what we call emotional/psychological problems are really spiritual/theological ones; that nonorganic problems really stem from a troubled soul, not some damaged self, which psychotherapists claim to fix." James 5:13). This relates to disposition; for as we ought to stir up others, so we ought also to sing from the heart, that there may not be merely an external sound with the mouth. It is "to dwell in us," that Isaiah, take up its firm and lasting abode in our heart, and that "richly;" not poorly and niggardly, but copiously and abundantly, unfolding to us and putting us into possession of the wealth of its treasures; and that in "all Wisdom of Solomon," making us wise to salvation, opening up to us the manifold wisdom of God, and how it displays itself in the great mystery of godliness. This is the practical application of "seek[ing] those things which are above" (Colossians 3:1). (b) How are we to explain this? much better than . The gratitude of the Church has always gone up to God in Christian praise and Christian song. 'Aleph (') and the oldest authorities read 'to God. I, however, take it simply, as also afterwards, in Colossians 4:6, where he says, “Let your speech be seasoned with salt, in grace, ” that is, by way of a dexterity that may be agreeable, and may please the hearers by its profitableness, so that it may be opposed to buffoonery and similar trifles. In comparing this verse with Ephesians 5:18-19, we find a great parallel. ( A) dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom. The only logical conclusion, for why the Church didn"t use instrumental music in worship, is that it was understood that God hadn"t commanded it, i.e. in grace singing,” suggests the connection of the words with those following, not, as in our version, with those going before. 16. . 14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. See on Ephesians 5:19. Hence what Mr. Crabb is really saying, is that either you have a physical/organic problem which a doctor needs to treat (Luke 9:12). may be restricted to the Old Testament Psalms, but this is improbable, . Comp. His Word should permeate our whole being so that we make all decisions and plans in its light. ", "One of the first descriptions of a Church service which we possess is that of Pliny, the Roman governor of Bithynia, who sent a report of the activities of the Christians to Trajan the Roman Emperor. It is our duty to mortify our members which incline to the things of the world. Still the sentiment hangs on the first clause—“let the word of Christ dwell within you nobly.” These sacred songs, whether in the language of Scripture, or based upon it, could be sung in the right spirit only when the indwelling “word” pressed for grateful utterance. First, take a few minutes to pray ( Ps 119:18-note , Eph 1:18-19-note ) and read through both sections of Scripture, especially observing the similarities . The clause, in grace, Chrysostom explains in different ways. Singing took a large place in the early Christian worship; but the Apostle here refers to all the intercourse of Christians, in social assemblies, in the family, and not in the public service alone. (b) That we develop a great thirst and hunger for the Word. We have there said that probably by Psalms may be understood the Hebrew book of that name, so com monly used in the synagogues; that the hymns might be other compositions divested of Jewish imagery and theocratic allusions, and more adapted to the heathen mind; while the spiritual odes were freer forms of song, the effusion of personal experience and piety, and do not simply point out the genus to which the entire class of such compositions belonged. Since periods of congregational singing ("one another") give us the chance to teach others, be taught and admonished ourselves, it seems "basic" that we need to be present when such singing takes place. "a song of praise" (Vincent p. 506). Warren W. Wiersbe talks briefly on the subject of worship in his commentary of the book of Colossians 3:16. Verses 1-4 The apostle, having described our privileges by Christ in the former part of the epistle, and our discharge from the yoke of the ceremonial law, comes here to press upon us our duty as inferred thence. We have the final say whether the Word of God will convict us of sin, change our lives and be our guide (Psalms 119:97-105; Romans 1:16; Hebrews 4:12-13). 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. The word "richly" suggests: (a) We never can get enough of the Word, i.e. Carefully note that this "wisdom" is available to all Christians ("you"; "one another"). He was asked, "You don"t hold to the three-sided model that therapists are qualified to treat psychological problems, pastors spiritual problems...." "I say no, for two reasons. "WITH"-Note that psalms, hymns and spiritual songs aren"t the only method of teaching and admonishing. ], "Many saved people cannot honestly say that God"s Word dwells in their hearts richly because they do not take time to read, study, and memorize it." "DWELL IN YOU RICHLY"-"Let His words enrich your lives" (Tay). And the Word of God is able to qualify and make one competent to tackle every good work, including the ability to warn, encourage and rebuke fellow Christians (2 Timothy 4:2); and help them out of a trespass (Galatians 6:1-2). Psalms, hymns. There is a slight, but quite intelligible, anacoluthon here.— , as in Colossians 3:13.— , , : to be connected with . For remarks on the different terms, and their distinction, the reader is referred to what has been said by us under Ephesians 5:19. Colossians 3:16 New Living Translation (NLT) 16 Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Obviously then God doesn"t force Himself upon anyone (Revelation 3:20). God’s Design in Detours. The Christian is to receive such sound teaching gladly, and meditate on it, and let it fill his heart and his mind. yourselves in studying and reading the Scriptures; meditating on what our Saviour has done and suffered for you. John Piper May 25, 2012 9.2K Shares The law of God is in his heart, none of his steps shall slide. We can"t diagnose what"s really happening in people"s souls--not the way my dentist can when he looks at x-rays and tells me what"s wrong with my tooth. Nor does he mean that the word of Christ ought to be of benefit merely to individuals, that they may teach themselves, but he requires mutual teaching and admonition. Colossians 3:16 Commentary. It’s a life of thankful worship: The Lord’s people should be marked by thankful worship engaging the whole person in all of life. richly. (Vincent p. 506), 1. ; for so Colossians 1:28 has "teaching in all wisdom:" the two clauses thus correspond, 'In all wisdom teaching,' and 'in grace singing in your hearts' (so Greek order). As, however, doctrine is sometimes in itself cold, and, as one says, (450) when it is simply shewn what is right, virtue is praised (451) and left to starve, (452) he adds at the same time admonition, which is, as it were, a confirmation of doctrine and incitement to it. [Note: Johnson, 481:32.]. Mortify them, kill them, suppress them, as weeds or vermin which spread and destroy all about them. "ONE ANOTHER"-The side reference says, "or, yourselves". ". Buried with him in baptism - Alluding to the immersions practised in the case of adults, wherein the person appeared to be buried under the Water, as Christ was buried in the heart of the earth. Tertullian ('Apology' 39) records that at the love-feasts [ agapai (Greek #26)], after the water had been furnished for the hands, and the lights lit, according as any had remembrance of Scripture, or could compose, he was invited to sing praises to God for the common good. With grace, [ en (Greek #1722) tee (Greek #3588) chariti (Greek #5485)] - 'IN grace, the element in which singing is to be: 'the grace of the indwelling Spirit. The meaning is, whatever kind of song it may be, let it be made the vehicle of religious instruction and admonition. (The most ancient authorities vary here; but ‘Christ’ is well sustained.) Here the thought starts from “the word of Christ in the soul,” realised through the gift of the Spirit by all our faculties; and it divides itself accordingly into the function of teaching, which bears on the mind; “the singing in grace” of thankfulness, which comes from and goes to the heart; and the “doing all in the name of Christ,” which belongs to the outer sphere of action. For χριστοῦ, a few authorities and Fathers read θεοῦ; and the Coptic and Clement read κυρίου. -"teach and train one another" (Mof). ), on account of the reference to thankfulness in Colossians 3:15; Colossians 3:17. Thankfulness to God is to mark our singing too (cf. It appears to us wholly out of the question on the part of Calvin, Beza, a-Lapide, Bähr, and many others, to take the words as denoting εὐσχημόνως, “gracefully”-sine confusione. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly. The "word of Christ," used only here in the New Testament, is Christ"s teachings, not only during His earthly ministry but also in all of Scripture. Let it not be without you, as a lesson to be learned, but within you, as the source of cherished and permanent illumination. 2. 2 To the d saints and faithful brothers 1 in Christ at Colossae:. (2) That the overriding theme is spiritual things. They will be part of us because God responds to those who are truly seeking Him. Anyone, who argues for the use of instrumental accompaniment in worship today, must at the same time condemn the apostles for being very poor instructors in the proper worship of God. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly. Psalms – such as the Psalms of David. Richly (Colossians 2:2; Romans 15:14) in all wisdom Alford joins with "teaching," etc. The Christian has access to "all wisdom" (). Titus 3:6. The emphasis here, as all through Colossians, is on Christ and no other. It may be “by the help of Divine grace,” but more probably the meaning is “with thankfulness” (De W., Sod., Haupt, Abb. (Colossians 3:16.) Colossians and Ephesians are parallel epistles in a number of respects and Ephesians 5:18-6:9 presents a very interesting parallel with Colossians 3:16-4:1 as summarized in the following table. This is the practical application of "seek[ing] those things which are above" (Colossians 3:1).In effect, Paul is saying that, if we are seeking heavenly things, the resources to overcome these things will be available. (by implication) to caution or reprove gently: -admonish, warn. Verse by Verse Exposition. (p. 160), 5. Teach and instruct. full , Romans 15:14 .— πλουσίως , richly ) The distribution follows: in all wisdom [25]— one another [ ἑαυτοὺς , admonishing yourselves ]: with grace—in [26] your heart, i.e. It has been argued that the word rendered "psalms" inherently means a song sung to the accompaniment of a instrument. It was a large and wealthy city for manycen… In the Church, as in the world, he who “makes a people’s songs” really guides their minds as well as their hearts. To say that much accompaniment "helps the singing", "helps us praise God better", etc...must also argue that the apostles, inspired men, were blind to these basic facts. ‘Psalms and hymns and spiritual songs’ may attach to the previous phrase. ", —So that the individual members of the Church shall have a perfect familiarity with the teaching of Christ as given by the evangelists and apostles. Those who immerse themselves in God’s word to learn his message, will be able to teach others this Truth. Tertullian (c.200AD) tells us that at the love feast ‘each is invited to sing to God in the presence of the others from what he knows of the Holy Scriptures or from his own heart’. Spiritual songs probably refer to expressions of Christian experience set to music. ". (Eadie p. 246). The word "dwell" suggests: (a) We need to allow the Word of God to "settle down", "take up residence", "establish a local office" in our hearts. Let the word of Christ dwell in you. The church did have the funds to purchase them with (1 Timothy 6:17). It is a calumny of our enemies, that we forbid the reading of the Testament. Слово Христово да вселяется. "UNTO GOD"-In the parallel passage in Ephesians 5:19, Paul says, "and making melody with your heart to the Lord." Wesley's Colossians 3:16 Bible Commentary 3:16 Let the word of Christ - So the apostle calls the whole scripture, and thereby asserts the divinity of his Master.Dwell - Not make a short stay, or an occasional visit, but take up its stated residence. Paul wroteto the Christians who lived in the city called Colossae. Let the Christian truth have its enduring abode “within you”-let it be no stranger or occasional guest in your hearts. Jon Bloom Nov 27, 2019 2.9K Shares Article. All the singing was thus not formal but even so, while the singing may be seen as teaching, it does not seem to fit in with ‘admonition’. First, as a professional, I know what we don"t know. Colossians 3:16 16 Let the message of Christ e dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom f through psalms, g hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. Teaching and admonishing one another. Farther, he gives a short definition of this wisdom — that the Colossians teach one another Teaching is taken here to mean profitable instruction, which tends to edification, as in Romans 12:7 — He that teacheth, on teaching; also in Timothy — “All Scripture is profitable for teaching. So no differentiation is made by Paul, with respect to worship, between God and the Lord Jesus Christ. 1. Different ideas have been formed of the best mode of dividing the following clauses of the verse. Note that here the singing is ‘to God’. "HYMNS"-5215. humnos {hoom"-nos}; apparently from a simpler (obsolete) form of hudeo (to celebrate; probably akin to 103; compare 5667); a "hymn" or religious ode (one of the Psalms): -hymn. See Mark if you wish to have a copy of this article.]. compositions given to the early Church by God Himself (1 Corinthians 14:26). пояснение к Еф. is then parallel to . I. Colossians 3:16, NASB: "Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God." God"s word is the tool that the Spirit uses to convict, guide, influence, and lead the Christian (John 16:8=Acts 2:37; Ephesians 6:17). Indeed it is fully possible that on this occasion all these are to be included, as meaning ‘let the word of Christ, however you receive it, dwell in and possess your heart’. This is the true use of Christ’s word. However it may also be intended to include especial reference to the teaching of Christ Himself as passed on by eyewitnesses in the tradition of the church. 13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. Psalms and hymns.—The ascription to those of an office of “teaching and admonition” describes what is their real, though indirect, effect. Those who immerse themselves in God’s word to learn his message, will be able to teach others this Truth. ", "It has often been noticed that the Colossian passage is parallel with. Let it dwell not with a scanty foothold, but with a large and liberal occupancy. Then, to read his holy word with prayer and supplication, entering by faith into its hidden treasures, and drinking into the mind of Christ as revealed therein, is a blessed means of maintaining the life of God in the heart, and keeping up union and communion with Christ. May 25, 2012. "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom." Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; in all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms {and} hymns {and} spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts unto God. Compare, John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament, Preacher's Complete Homiletical Commentary, Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament, Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary, Heinrich Meyer's Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament, Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament, Alexander MacLaren's Expositions of Holy Scripture, John Eadie's Commentary on Galatians, Ephesians, Colossians and Philippians, Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament, George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, Commentary by J.C.Philpot on select texts of the Bible, Missionaries, All Christians Should Be as. ., not with (Hofm., Kl[20], Weiss), with which the accusative should have been used. The gratitude of the Church has always gone up to God in Christian praise and Christian song." He does not restrict the word of Christ to these particular departments, but rather intimates that all our communications should be adapted to edification, that even those which tend to hilarity may have no empty savor. Colossians 3:16-17 says, “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. The third imperative is "let dwell." Commentary on Colossians 3:5-11. Thus the Holy Spirit indwells the Christian not in any miraculous or mysterious sense. 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. Add to this, the following mountain of evidence: (a) For the first 600-700 years of the Church"s existence, no instrumental music was used in worship. In all wisdom. (Psalms 150:3). [Note: Wiersbe, 2:140. Spiritual songs possibly has a wider meaning of more popular Christian songs sung as catchy tunes in day to day life. "ADMONISHING"-3560. noutheteo {noo-thet-eh"-o}; from the same as 3559; to put in mind, i.e. In Ephesians 5:19 it is to ‘the Lord’. Or, more literally, ‘in grace,’ Christ’s grace. i. . He"s an expert. Teaching, encouraging, admonishing doesn"t belong to a certain elite in the church. Others say the three classes of religious poetry are, Scriptural, congregational, private. ... Scripture: Colossians 3:16–17, Psalm 92:1–4. 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. Psalms which were sung. Unless the word of Christ dwelt richly within them, they could not fulfil this duty; for they could not teach and admonish unless they knew what lessons to impart, and in what spirit to communicate them; but the lessons and the spirit alike were to be found in the gospel. There have been many books which professed great things; some that promised to work wonders for man, and some that even professed to come … He should be the centre of their thoughts and His words the guiding principle of their lives. We should perform these activities joyfully and with song. [Note: _ Christianity Today. Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. [Note: See David F. Detwiler, "Church Music and, "Whether with instrument or with voice or with both it is all for naught if the adoration is not in the heart. Hymns are songs of praise and thanksgiving to God. -"thankfulness" (NASV); "With gratitude raising song" (Rhm); "singing God"s praises with joyful hearts" (Phi), "IN YOUR HEARTS"-Which is much more than merely singing the song with your lips. Our second purpose is to teach and instruct. Let it not be without you, as a lesson to be learned, but within you...let it be completely understood...Let it dwell not with a scanty foothold.." (p. 245), 3. So how are we to explain their absence? Read Introduction to Colossians “Wives, submit to your own husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.” Paul now turns to relationships within families. 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.” When we get cold, sluggish, and dead, to read the word of God is a task and a burden; but not Song of Solomon, when the life of God is warm and gushing in the soul. usually in a religious sense. The Word of Christ is dwelling in your richly, when it is viewed as the standard that all actions and attitudes must line up with and be governed by. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. The gospel which Paul had preached to them. In Colossians 3:16-17, Paul describes a life that is happy in God. Remember also that the members knew the Greek language, they knew the meaning of the word "psallo". In that report he said, "They meet at dawn to sing a hymn to Christ as God." Colossians 3:16. Daily devotional with John Piper. They are commonly distinguished in this way — that a psalm is that, in the singing of which some musical instrument besides the tongue is made use of: a hymn is properly a song of praise, whether it be sung simply with the voice or otherwise; while an ode contains not merely praises, but exhortations and other matters. Instruments did exist (1 Corinthians 14:7). Colossians 3:16. : probably, as usually explained, “the Gospel,” so called because He proclaimed it and speaks it through His messengers. Which would be true, when we study or sing, we do teach ourselves. the human heart (Ephesians 5:19 "making melody with your heart to the Lord"). Sparing acquaintance with Divine revelation would lead to scanty counsel and ineffective tuition. 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