“Let the Word of Christ DWELL in you RICHLY, in all wisdom TEACHING and ADMONISHING one another; in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs SINGING with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” Colossians 3:16
- Every believer should “let” the word DWELL in them, which means that the word has a permanent place in the believer’s thinking. This can only be accomplished by reading it on a regular basis. THERE IS NO OTHER WAY.
- The word “RICHLY” is from a family of words from whence we get our Plutocrat/Plutocracy – a government of the wealthy. The word of God is the Plutocrat of our hearts! We should value it, as Job and Jeremiah did, above our daily food.
- Every believer who follows #1 and #2 can TEACH and ADMONISH. There’s no “gift of teaching” today. In the Bible, the gift of teaching had nothing to do with methods of teaching, charisma, or delivery, but content. These got their subject matter directly from God, and their teachings were infallible. There is absolutely no reason why every believer can’t in some measure teach today. Never confuse teaching with methods of delivery or charisma. Most people “choose” their teachers because they like their “style,” which is a sign of great immaturity.
- Good teaching leads to joy. People SING when they’re happy. When the word of God is dwelling in us richly, and we are teaching and admonishing each other, we increase our joy! If you do not have joy, you might want to reexamine your beliefs.
The Word of God, rightly divided, makes us all teachers, not competitors in the “teaching game, and this is the true ministry for today.
We need each other! You owe it to yourself and your brethren to let the Word of God dwell in you richly so you will be capable of teaching and admonishing your brethren. Rejoice.