Archive | November, 2011

Colossians 3:16 How will we incorporate it into our lives?

29 Nov

“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.”

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 This a pretty clear verse.  It’s not so much a matter of whether we know what it means or how we might fulfill what it suggests, but rather how we will incorporate it into our lives.  

What does this verse urge upon us?  1. Read, and perhaps more importantly, remember the words of Scripture.  2. Use this Word to teach and admonish each other. 3. Let the Word of God dwell in your and flow from you in song.

Intriguing connection to this teaching from Christ in John 15: 7   “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.”  The word “words” (raama) is not Scripture in general, but individual and interconnected words. 

Interesting don’t you think?

Hebrew 12:28 Believers are reminded of how they should run through the trials and troubles of life,

26 Nov

Hebrews 12:28

“Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe,”

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This verse comes toward the end of two of my favorite chapters in Scripture.  Hebrews 11 is the chapter on “heroes” of the faith, after which chapter 12 begins… “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses….” let us turn from sin and run the race marked out for us.  

Believers are then reminded of how they should run through the trials and troubles of life, remembering that we’re to live as children of the King before His gracious presence forever.  This truth becomes the motivation to “be thankful” and reverent worship.  

The final verse of Hebrews 12 indicates the seriousness with which we should hear and heed these exhortations:

29 “for our “God is a consuming fire.”

Colossians 2:6-7

25 Nov

Colossians 2:6-7

“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”

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Great couple of verses.  Clearly our thankfulness and subsequent acts of piety are viewed in their proper perspective.  They are in no way, the means by which we might hope to appease or please God… as thought by our good works we might hope to earn our place before him.

Rather, they are the natural consequence of a heart renewed and filled with God’s grace and Spirit.  I’m reminded of Heidelberg Catechism explanation of why we are obliged as believers to do “good works.” A86, “Because Christ, having redeemed us by His blood, also renews us by His Holy Spirit after His own image, that with our whole life we show ourselves thankful to God for His blessing….” 

I suppose its a little bit like the saying, “Where there’s smoke there’s fire.”  Colossians 2:5 is the premise on which today’s verses are based:

“For though I am absent from you in body, I am present with you in spirit and delight to see how disciplined you are and how firm your faith in Christ is.”

Colossians 3:15

23 Nov

Colossians 3:15

15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful..”

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The words of today’s verse shows the intimate connection between being right with God and having a grateful heart.  When we live conscious of the fact that God is sovereign and provides all, it is easy to be thankful.  The preceding verses are well worth putting to memory and explains what the peace of God consists of:

12 “Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. 14But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.”

Hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving…. “and be thankful!”


Psalm 95:1-2

22 Nov

Psalm 95:1-2

1 Oh come, let us sing to the LORD!

         Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.
2 Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving;
Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.”

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As this is Thanksgiving week, I was not surprised to see a number of verses from Biblegateway on the subject of thankfulness.  Our verse today affirms that we should be thankful and voice our thanks to the Lord.  In short it says, we should gather with others and worship God.  

The Psalmist has exactly the right answer to the right question.  What is the question?  How can we rightly show God that we are grateful to Him for all He has done in our lives?  And what is the answer?  We should make every effort to worship Him from the depth of our hearts, especially in the presence of our families and fellow believers.  (Noticed the plural voice in our verse…. “Let us….”)

Psalm 116 makes this same point:  

12 “What shall I render to the LORD
For all His benefits toward me?
13 I will take up the cup of salvation,
And call upon the name of the LORD.
14 I will pay my vows to the LORD
Now in the presence of all His people.”

Psalm 1:1,2

19 Nov

Psalm 1:1-2

” 1 Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
And in His law he meditates day and night.”

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Psalm 1 begins the Book of Psalms with bold and broad affirmations.  It speaks of those who know and love the Lord and those who don’t.  That one is blessed who doesn’t walk, stand or sit with the sinful of this world.  No, he or she finds their solis in God and His revelation of Himself, the Scriptures.  

As the psalm continues it tells how the blessed ones will endure and abound and how the wicked ones will blow away like chaff.  Of course all of this is both challenging and instructive.  As those who know about God, His grace and His Word, we are challenged to take these things to heart.  Psalm 1 concludes this this enduring reminder:

6 “For the LORD knows the way of the righteous,
But the way of the ungodly shall perish.”

John 17:17

18 Nov

John 17:17

“Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.”

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These words were spoken by the Lord Jesus in what is called his High Priestly Prayer in John 17.  It comes at the end of what is sometimes called the Olivet Discourse, both of which were spoken and prayed during the days just before of betrayal and crucifixion.   I would encourage you to read through John 17.  It is perhaps as clear as any passage at revealing the heart and passion of the Savior.  What is it that He desired?  Wanted?  Longed for?  Clearly it was the salvation and preservation of His people.

This is clearly the intent of this 17th verse.  He is asking the Father to use the Word (the Scriptures) to sanctify (purify–holy-fy if you will) His people.  Jesus distinguishes between his disciples and those who would become disciples through their witness. 

20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21  that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.”