I recently came across these two pictures of steaks, one being marinated and the other, what it produced and I couldn’t help but think that’s what the word of God does to us, it gets deep into our beings. When the richness of God’s word is always on our minds and at the tip of our tongues to share with people it’s a beautiful thing!
So when Paul says Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, that’s being marinated by the word of God!
Colossians 3:16, 17…..
Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father. Then it was the Psalmist who said in Psalm 1:1, 2…… How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers! 2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night.
I believe the Psalmist knew it was his responsibility to let the truth dwell in him (and Paul too), because if not for the word of God being marinated in us, how can we be controlled by it, and worse yet we will let other things control our heart and minds. That why Paul said this in Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
The word dwell ( enoikeō) in Colossians 3:16 is an interesting word it means to to live in or to be at home or as one writer says “Take Up Residence” The same idea Paul has in Ephesians 5:18 when he says… And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit.
One writer puts in this way “In other words, being filled with the Spirit and being filled with God’s word are both requisites for living joyful, useful, fruitful lives. We shall not be filled with the Spirit unless we are saturated with God’s word; and the study of God’s word will not be effective unless we yield up our inmost being to the control of the Holy Spirit. Can we not therefore conclude that to be filled with the Spirit means to be filled with God’s word? ”
I think when we are marinated in the word of God it will permeate every aspect of our lives, taking over our thoughts, our words and our deeds. Then we can see what it produces, look at the rest of Colossians 3:16 with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
We have a great responsibility to teach and advise each other, we counsel and warn each other with our hearts filled with thankfulness to God. We want people to see us calling on His Son’s name, and not being ashamed to say we are Christians. Can we say as the psalmist say “O how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day.”
Can we not therefore conclude
that to be filled with the Spirit
means to be filled with God’s word?
and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria