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Colossians, Chapter Three, Lesson Two

PUTTING ON LOVE           Page 5

V.16 ** If we want to be victorious in our effort to daily be "Putting On Love", and thereby becoming more like our beloved Savior - what are we going to have to do according to Paul?

"Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you..."
This just might be my favorite statement in Scripture regarding our responsibility as Christians. We know that this passage is a parallel to what Paul wrote in Ephesians 5:18-6:9, but in that passage he began with "be filled (or controlled) with the Spirit".

The parallel significance of these two passages is that the Holy Spirit can control your life only as God's Word is poured into your heart!

** What are we equipped to do, once God's Word has been "richly" deposited within us?

"...with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another..." We are quite familiar with Romans 15:14 where Paul says, "...that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, and able to admonish one another". This is why, as Christians learn God's Word they can then use it for the building up of the body. cf. Ephesians 4:11-12

** What is the specific source of our teaching and admonition, according to Paul?

Psalms and hymns and spiritual songs.

Psalms (Encouragement) - i.e. Psalm 92:1-2
Hymns (Praise to God) - i.e. Philippians 2:6-11
Spiritual songs (Testimony)- i.e. Revelation 5:9-10

** What attitude was to accompany all of this singing?

An attitude of gratitude. Again, Paul takes us back to the need for giving thanks.

** How do we know that this thankfulness is genuine?

It is coming from our "hearts" to God. cf. Matthew 15:7-9

V.17 ** Is there any one guideline, by which we should live, even if we are faithful in our "Putting On Love" and learning the Word of God?

Yes - "...do all in the name of the Lord Jesus..."

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