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Colossians 3: The Risen Life
Part 3 of 5
Dr. Harley Howard
16 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.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly. This
could have two possible meanings or it could refer to
both at the same time. It could refer to the gospel
message about Christ, or it could refer to teachings
about Christ. I believe that both are in view here.
The statement, dwell in you richly, means to make its
home in you in abundance. We should always be in the
position in our hearts and minds to make welcome the
word when we hear it. It should always be allowed to
find a resting place in our hearts and in our lives.
Then notice this point concerning the receiving of the
word, in all wisdom. And this is where scholars
disagree as to the punctual structure in this verse.
Is the wisdom, teaching, and admonition referring to
the music alone as the means by which the wisdom,
teaching, and admonition is to be delivered to one
another, or is the wisdom referring to the teaching
and admonition? I believe the wisdom clearly refers
to the teaching and admonition and not the music.
Well, if you look under the word, admonish, in the New
Testament and all of its cognitive forms you will
discover that the predominate usage has to do with
instructions or teachings and never with music. If
you look under the word teaching, in the New
Testament, and all of its cognitive forms, you will
find that it is never used of music, but clearly used
for instruction to the church body. The priority of
the church gathering is the teaching of the word of
God, not the singing, not the music.
I was challenged about a statement that I made
concerning music in a Wednesday night bible study, and
I don't have the foggiest idea why I was, but I'll
state what I said and I'll stand by what I said and
that is that it was not the music that was prominent
in the worship of God. It was the worship of God that
was prominent in worship of God. The center focus of
the music under the Old Testament was to express the
Character and works of God, to praise and display joy
because of who God is and of His great works and such
praise and joy came from the already, worshipping
heart, not to produce the worship. Praise and worship
MUST come from the heart of a genuine worshipper
because of who God is. The central focus of true
worship is the Lord HIMSELF and until you get that
straight, I don't care how much music you have in a
church, you still are doing things wrong. I did NOT
say that music is not an essential part in the worship
experience, I said that music cannot produce worship.
I don't worship God because I heard a song about God.
I worship God because He is GOD! ...
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