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Section IIIB

Working out your Salvation

In fellowship (5)

Col.3:9-17

Study B5

Do all in the Name of Jesus

Study B5 In fellowship (5)

Do all in the Name of Jesus

Lie not one to another seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man which is renewed in knowledge after the image of Him that created him. Where there is neither Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian bond nor free but Christ is all in all. Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also are ye called in one body; and be ye thankful. 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. 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.

Col.3:9-17

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B5.1 Let the word of Christ dwell

In Scripture there many things that dwell in the believer. Firstly, God dwells in us, II Cor.6:16. The Holy Spirit dwells in those born of God, Ro,8:11, II Tim.1:14. In fact all three persons of the Godhead dwells in those who are new creations in Christ Jesus, Jn.14:16-23. This apart from the revelation earlier in Colossians that the mystery is Christ in us the hope of glory, Col1:27.

In this passage of Colossians we have that the word of Christ is to dwell in us.

It is the Spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you are Spirit and life.

Jn.6:63

In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus warns us about those not obeying His word, they are likened to houses built on sand, whereas those obedient to His word are building on a rock. And that rock, of course is Christ Himsel, Mtt.7:24-27; 16:18; I Cor.3:11.

The words of Christ have been preserved for us in Scripture. Jesus made it very clear that the OT Scriptures testified of Him, Jn.5:39; Lk.24:44-48.  In this day and age where copies of the Scriptures are so abundant, we have no excuse for the word not to dwell in us.

B5.2 Teaching and admonishing

The body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together increaseth with the increase of God.

Col.2: 19.

As members one of another we are exhorted to edify one another and build each other up. This we can only do if the word of Christ dwells in us. This exhortation is to be done in wisdom and not after the ways of man such as: Philosophy, Legalism and Mysticism. These are not the words of Christ, but of man at the very best, and have no place in the body of Christ.

Paul in the three chapters of Corinthians, I Cor.12-14 teaches in great detail about the body edifying itself. The key elements being that it is all done unto edifying, I Cor.14:26.

B5.3 In song

Paul encourages us to do this teaching and admonishing in psalms, hymns and  spiritual songs, singing with grace in the heart.

Commentators are not fully agreed as to the  distinctions between the three categories of song mentioned. However, having a clear delineation of meaning is not relevant to the  point being made. Songs, in whatever form, which have the word of Christ in them, are to teach, and admonish one another. And is that we are encouraged to do.

In some societies many people are illiterate and song is a good way to teach. But that, of course, is on the understanding  that these songs have the word of Christ in them, and are fully in agreement with Scripture.

It is vital that any song sung should be tested to see if it is indeed in accordance with the Scriptures, whether they be old favourites or new contemporary  songs.

Hence the need to have the word of Christ dwelling in us.

B5.4 In the Name of the Lord

All should be done in the Name of the Lord Jesus. Meaning,  that it is done in harmony with his revealed will. Do something in His name means that we are identifying our action with the  the Lord.

As believers who identify with Jesus  our lives should live up to the profession we proclaim. See Col.1:10; 2:6-7; 3:1-2 etc.

“Whatever you do”, is an interesting phrase that Paul uses. He seeks not to legislate for any one, but in accordance to his own declaration, not to lord it over people, II Cor.1:24. Paul is saying that each believer is under liberty to work out his or her own salvation with trembling and fear.

This principle, of whatever you do,  must be understood in the light of all the other NT Scriptures on Christian living. Such as taking up the cross. We are to walk in the Spirit and give no occasion for the flesh, and thus bring dishonour  to the Lord.