Colossians 3:16 - Let God's Word Become Flesh In You
Col 3:16 (KJV) 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.
Col 3:16 (EAV) Let the word [spoken by] Christ (the Messiah) have its home
[in your hearts and minds] and dwell in you in [all its] richness, as you
teach and admonish and train one another in all insight and intelligence and
wisdom [in spiritual things, and as you sing] psalms and hymns and spiritual
songs, making melody to God with [His] grace in your hearts.
The New Testament leaves no doubt that holiness is our responsibility. If we
are to pursue holiness, we must take some decisive action....
The action we are to take is to put to death the misdeeds of the body
(Romans 8:13). Paul uses the same expression in another book: "Put to death,
therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature" (Colossians 3:5).... To
put to death the misdeeds of the body, then, is to destroy the strength and
vitality of sin as it tries to reign in our bodies.
It must be clear to us that mortification, though it is something we do,
cannot be carried out in our own strength.... Mortification must be done by
the strength and under the direction of the Holy Spirit.....
"How do we destroy the strength and vitality of sing" If we are to work at
this difficult task, we must first have conviction. We must be persuaded
that a holy life of God's will for every Christian is important....
Not only must we develop conviction for living a holy life in general, but
we must also develop convictions in specific areas of obedience.
These convictions are developed through exposure to the Word of God....
Obedience is the pathway to holiness, but it is only as we have His commands
that we can obey them. God's Word must be so strongly fixed in our minds
that it becomes the dominant influence in our thoughts, our attitudes, and
our actions. Jerry Bridges [Time With God SB]