Overflowing GraceNovember 12, 2014
1 Peter 5November 13, 2014
16 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.”
I could do a whole lesson on this verse. It’s a potpourri of deliciousness. We could discuss wisdom, teaching, admonishing, psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. I can’t do that in the short space I have here. So I want to touch on the first phrase. It all begins with the word of Jesus dwelling richly in you.
“Let dwell” is an imperative in the Greek. It’s also imperative for our lives. Nothing happens without the Word in our hearts. And not much happens if the Word of Christ isn’t dwelling richly. The more abundantly the Word of Jesus is in your heart the more you can help others through wisdom, teaching, and admonishing. All these things require knowing the Word of Jesus.
For the Word to dwell richly you must put it in richly. Having your Bible on the coffee table isn’t getting into your hearts. The Word enters through a sense gate either hearing, seeing, or touching (Braille). If you can’t read the Bible for any reason then listen to it. Listen to good preaching or good teaching. We live in a technological society by which we can get the Word in so many ways. It’s on my smart phone, my tablet, my PC, my TV, on DVD’s, cd’s, flash drives, all over the internet, as well as just opening up the pages of a Bible.
Let it flow into your heart. Begin to see the Word of Christ operate in your life. The Word is wisdom for living. The word of Jesus is the word of grace. We begin singing with grace in our hearts. Some translations us the word grateful or thanksgiving for the word grace. But I think it’s all about God’s grace. It’s all about God’s favor on you because of the finished work of Jesus.
Singing with grace is proclaiming what Jesus has done. Those spiritual songs will extol the grace of God working in your life. So let dwell richly the Word of Grace who is Christ.