Colossians 3:12-4:18


Let's end our reflections on Colossians by paying close attention the words found in 3:16-17. Vs. 16 reads: “Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.” First we must ask, what is the message “of” Christ? That could mean either the message about Christ, or the message from Christ. If it is the second, that will include the first since Jesus' message could be boiled down to, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5) In other words, the message from Jesus is about Jesus. The fact this church is told that they need to let this message “dwell among you” means its possible to kick this message out of their midst like a host does an unwelcome guest. For something to dwell somewhere, it must live there. Paul wants them to let this message about Jesus live amongst them as a people and to do so “richly” suggesting that it is to be abundantly present. So all of our talking, singing, encouraging, and addressing one another needs to be done with the word about Jesus at the center of all that is said. This means advice, insight, challenge, and every other thing we might offer someone needs to revolve around what Christ has done. More than this, to make room for this message, we learn to do everything according to the name of Jesus. To do everything in Jesus name means we seek the honor and live according to the desires of our Lord and savior. (Colossians 3:17) So, Agape Chicago, let's make sure that if there is anything that dwells in our midst always, and does so richly, let it be the message about Jesus Christ.