After entreating the church to be fully assured in their knowledge of the mystery of God’s ministry to us in Christ (Colossians 2), Paul then shares the practical expression of that assurance in our lives and walks. In particular in Colossians 3, he reminds us what we need to “put off” and “put on” with respect to the new beings we are in Christ. The real questions becomes…How do we do this?
Enter Colossians 3:16 and embracing a practical understanding of logos (word) and enoikeo (dwell in you). These terms give animation to the what and how of our putting on and putting off this new life in Christ.
First, the what. In the new testament the Greek word for word (logos) is used both in reference to the actual person/ministry or Christ as well as the words of scripture. In looking at how logos is used, it appears that the commonality between these 2 concepts is that as our lives relate deeply to and in the person of Christ and as the logos of scripture also reveals to and deepens our relationship with Christ, we come in contact spiritually with the actual personality of our Lord who can empower this living.
Second, the how. Letting His person “dwell richly in us” through relationship and in this verse (Colossians 3:16) in particular in worship, we are able to appropriate the actual person-ness of Christ into ourselves. As a worship leader, I love this verse which shows the centrality of worship in this process. So often we give the stock answer of “studying and memorizing scripture” as in and of itself bringing the logos within us. While these disciplines are crucial to teaching us and softening our hearts, the Logos dwelling in us happens when our relationship with Christ deepens, not when we gain knowledge of the words of Scripture (this is a means to that end).
Worship deeply and let the Logos of our Lord endwell you!
Also listen to how Paul illustrates this in 1 Thes 2:13…
” For this reason we also constantly thank God that when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but for what it really is, the word of God, which also performs its work in you who believe”