Read It and Do It
- Date: March 3, 2017
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “And when this epistle is read among you, cause that it be read also in the church of the Laodiceans; and that ye likewise read the epistle from Laodicea.” (Colossians 4:16)
- From Put On Christ
We'll be back to Ephesians, but I want to transition now into the book of Colossians. Colossians speaks toward this same thing over in Chapter 3. Let's turn over there for a moment. We want to deal with a couple of different aspects of how we get free from this daily warfare and how we become victorious in our daily walk. We also want to reveal things that many of us don't think are problems. The lists that are written here in Colossians, in Galatians, and in Romans. "And they that do these things will not inherit the kingdom of God." Of course, the Greek makes it clear. "And they that do these things habitually." He's writing to believers, and he says, "If this is your life pattern, you will not inherit the kingdom of God. You need to walk worthy of this vocation wherewith you've been called: Christlikeness."
The third chapter of Colossians is powerful, but look at Chapter 4 for a moment. I want to show you one of the points that I was making earlier. See verse 16. "And when this epistle is read among you…" Think about this for a moment. When this epistle is taught in exposition for a year-what did it say? "And when this letter is read among you…" Do you know what? It was enough for them to read it, and then they went out and did it. That's a simple statement here. I was thinking about this the other day. These men were not sitting down and trying to extract out of every word sufficient meaning in order to convince somebody to do it. That's what goes on in many churches today: the work of trying to get to every word and bleed everything out of every word. The purpose is this: "It's because I've got to convince this group of people that this is really what God's saying." This was a word from God. They read it, and everybody said, "Well, that's what we've got to do. Let's get about it. Let's get to doing it." What's that redneck phrase? "Get 'er done; just get 'er done." "And when this epistle is read among you, cause that it be read also in the church of the Laodiceans; and that ye likewise read the epistle from Laodicea." That's probably Ephesus, the letter to the Ephesians, because it was told to cycle this into the church at Laodicea. We know that the church at Laodicea was a great church. It had a few problems.
I remember when we visited Laodicea. As we were there at Laodicea, our minds went back to the letters of Jesus in Revelation. You are thinking about these things and trying to imagine the letters coming in from one church to another, how they longed to hear the Word of God. "What's God got to say to us? We've accepted Jesus. We've understood that He is the Messiah. We've confessed Him as the Son of God. We've been baptized in His name. What more is there for us to do? How are we to walk this thing out?" Here comes the letter. We don't know how long they held on to the thing. We do know from Acts, Chapters 19 and 20, that all the ministry into Asia, into Ephesus, and into the churches here at Colossae lasted about three years.
Here they are receiving this revelation that's coming to them. In one of them in this book to the Colossians, they are admonished in Chapter 3, verse 1, "If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above." Let's ask ourselves a question. If we are risen with Christ, what is our appetite going to be for? It will be for the spiritual, the eternal. We're going to be habitually seeking the things that are above where Jesus is seated at Father's right hand. Are you distracted? How much energy are we spending there as opposed to being earth-dwellers? What has our affection?
We can spend hours and hours on our favorite pursuits - hobbies, jobs, house and lands. We are so caught up with stuff. Do we use our free time, whatever it is, seeking the things that are above? As Jesus is coming back, we need to do it more. Amen? As you see that day approaching, what do you do? Forsake not the assembling of yourselves together. We're not just talking about coming to church. We're talking about fellowshipping around the Word of God. We're talking about where two or three are gathered in His name, He's there in their midst.