by Tony Nester

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Let the Word of Christ Dwell In You Richly (15 of 18)
Tony Nester
Colossians 3:16-17

Today we've come to Colossians 3:16-17. Paul's concern
today is that we allow the Word of Christ to have its
full impact on us. Let's read together:

Colossians 3:16-17 (NRSV) 16Let the word of Christ
dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in
all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing
psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. 17And
whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the
name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the
Father through him.

The Christians at Colossae to whom this letter was
written did not have leather-bound Bibles, nor New
Testaments with Jesus' words printed in red. They had
less Scripture available to them than we do. Bible
scholars believe that there were several editions of
the words of Jesus that were in circulation in the
early church. Then came the letters of Paul, including
Colossians. Still later came the Gospel accounts we
know as Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. In fact, not
until 400 A.D. did the Bible as we know it come into

And yet, even though the first Christians had less
Scripture than we do they without question were more
deeply Scriptural than we are. They lived it. And many
died for it under persecution. What counts is not how
much Scripture we have, but how much the Scripture has
us. So Paul says to us today, "Let the word of Christ
dwell in you richly."

Right from the beginning the church recognized that
its life depended upon the Gospel message. In the
sixth chapter of the Book of Acts we find that the
apostles were being overwhelmed with the care-giving
needs of the church in Jerusalem. There were
complaints that people were being neglected. In Acts
6:2 we read: Acts 6:2 through Acts 6:4 (NRSV) 2And the
twelve called together the whole community of the
disciples and said, "It is not right that we should ...

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