Verse of the Day (November 25, 2019) #BMSeminary – There is a theological and structural parallel between Eph 5:18-21 and Col 3:16-17. In Ephesians there is a present passive imperative, “ever be filled,” while in Colossians there is a present active imperative, “let the word of Christ dwell within you.” Also in Ephesians the imperative is followed by five present participles which describe the Spirit-filled life.(1) Col 3:19, speaking to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs (present active); (2)(2) Col 3:19, singing (present active);(3) Col 3:19, making melody (present active);(4) Col 3:20, always giving thanks (present active);(5) Col 3:21, be subject to one another (present middle); In Colossians some of the same participles also occur.(1) Col 3:16, teaching (present active);(2) Col 3:16, admonishing in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs (present active);(3) Col 3:16, singing (present active);(4) Col 3:17, giving thanks (present active).
This is a major spiritual truth. Believers must relate all their motives and actions to God through Christ. Every aspect of our lives is “as unto the Lord.” Believers do not live for themselves (cf. Col 3:23; Rom 14:7-9; 1Co 10:31; 2Co 5:15; Eph 6:7; 1Pe 4:11). This truth could revolutionize the modern, western, individual-focused church. (You Can Understand the Bible by Dr. Bob Utley)