Let the word/logos of Messiah dwell in you richly; in all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your heart to the Lord.
Whatever you do, in word/logō or in deed/ergō, do all in the name of the Lord Yeshua, giving thanks to God the Father, through him. Col 3:16-17 WMB
Paul wrote that exhortation in context of our relationships in Christ. He summed up the character traits that make for harmonious relationships in the body of Christ in the kingdom of God in three sentences.
Put on therefore, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, a heart of compassion, kindness, lowliness, humility, and perseverance; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, if any man has a complaint against any; even as Messiah forgave you, so you also do.
Above all these things, walk in love, which is the bond of perfection. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body, and be thankful. Col 3:12-15 WMB
Jesus on righteousness. He is our righteousness.
17“Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I didn’t come to destroy them, but to fulfill them, 18because I tell all of you with certainty that until heaven and earth disappear, not one letter or one stroke of a letter will disappear from the Law until everything has been accomplished. 19So whoever sets aside one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom from heaven. But whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom from heaven 20because I tell you, unless your righteousness greatly exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom from heaven!” Mt 5:17-20 ISV
Brothers, think about your own calling. Not many of you were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. 27But God chose what is nonsense in the world to make the wise feel ashamed. God chose what is weak in the world to make the strong feel ashamed. 28And God chose what is insignificant in the world, what is despised, what is nothing, in order to destroy what is something, 29so that no one may boast in God’s presence. 30It is because of God that you are in union with the Messiah Jesus, who for us has become wisdom from God, as well as our righteousness, sanctification, and redemption. 31Therefore, as it is written, “The person who boasts must boast in the Lord.” 1 Cor 1:26-31 ISV
In the body of Christ, what we do in word is speak the truth in love. What we do in deed is use the gift Christ has given to us to minister to God and one another. Speaking the truth in love, we grow up together into Messiah. He fits us together and gives each of us a vital role in His body. As each of us does our part, the body builds itself up in love.
And it is he who gifted some to be apostles, others to be prophets, others to be evangelists, and still others to be pastors and teachers, to equip the saints, to do the work of ministry, and to build up the body of the Messiah until all of us are united in the faith and in the full knowledge of God’s Son, and until we attain mature adulthood and the full standard of development in the Messiah. Then we will no longer be little children, tossed like waves and blown about by every wind of doctrine, by people’s trickery, or by clever strategies that would lead us astray. Instead, by speaking the truth in love, we will grow up completely and become one with the head, that is, one with the Messiah, in whom the whole body is united and held together by every ligament with which it is supplied. As each individual part does its job, the body builds itself up in love. Eph 4:11-16 ISV
Harmonious relationships in the body of Christ are in the Kingdom of God.
God has rescued us from the power of darkness and has brought us into the kingdom of the Son whom he loves, through whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Col 1:13-14 ISV
Paul tells us what the environment created by relating in the kingdom mode through the Holy Spirit is.
For the Kingdom of God does not consist of eating and drinking, but of right conduct [righteousness], peace and joy, through [in] the Holy Spirit; and whoever in this way devotedly serves Christ, God takes pleasure in him, and men highly commend him. Ro 14:17-18 WNT
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- May our God make you worthy of His calling
- and by His power accomplish every good thing you decide to do and every work of faith,
- so as to glorify the name of our Lord Jesus among you, and you in Him,
- according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ. From 2 Th 1:11-12