Colossians 3:16 – Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms, in hymns, in spiritual songs; singing with grace in your heart to the Lord.
Part 4 ~ The Word Of Christ Is The Word Of God
Realizing then that the Word of Christ is the same as the Word of God, we have many Scriptures that help us to understand the work of grace has placed the Word of God in our hearts, so that we may remember, do, and speak what God has spoken. We have been born of the Word of God (1 Peter 1:23). The Word of God has been written in our hearts and minds by the Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:3; Hebrews 8:10, 10:16). The Word of God is at work with power in those who believe (1 Thessalonians 2:13; Acts 20:32). The Word of God is how faith is produced in us (Romans 10:8-17) The Word of God is the sword of the Spirit that gives us the ability to destroy every work of darkness (Ephesians 6:17; Hebrews 4:12-13). When the Word of God dwells on the inside of God’s people, then it makes them strong, so that they can overcome the wicked one on every front (1 John 2:14, 5:18).
We are the people of God, and as such, we are the people of faith who live by every word which proceeds out of the mouth of God (Romans 10:8; Matthew 4:4). The Word of Christ is established in us because we give ourselves to knowing and speaking the Word of God written in our Bibles. Everything we do must be both judged and governed by the written Word of God. The written Word of God brought the seed of God’s Word into our hearts (Romans 10:14-17; Matthew 13:23). When Christ speaks through us by His Spirit, it will be the Word written in our Bibles. God’s people must refuse to live by and speak out their own words which are influenced by all sorts of things other than the written Word of God. We must be willing to make the transition in our lives and speak by the Word of God – from the inspiration of the Spirit of God – rather than out of the realms of our own understanding (Psalm 1; Proverbs 3:5-6; Jeremiah 17:5-8; and John 8:25-30; Romans 8:5-9).
Pastor Mark Spitsbergen