God loves to delegate. When he created the world, he gave it to humans to rule over and be fruitful and multiply in. When Jesus rose from the dead, he started a new creation. He is the King, but he doesn’t do everything himself. He gives crucial role to members of his church to tell each other the truth, to “teach and admonish one another with all wisdom.”
1. Passively Prosper in Divine Abundance
To get rich in America, you have to work hard and beat the competition: you have to be a Martha (Luke 10:38-42). But the call to “Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly” is a call, not to work harder to get divine approval, but to sit at Jesus’s feet like Mary and receive the abundance of his blessings.
2. Preach the Gospel to One Another
In calling us “teach… one another,” Paul is giving a specific command, not to give advice about just anything, but to tell each other about Christ (Col. 1:28). Rather than fear what others will think of us when we speak up, we should tell one another the good news in faith that it will build up the church (Eph. 4:15-16).
3. Prepare for Rebuke
It is scary to “admonish one another.” We hate the idea of being judgmental. But correcting each other in wisdom and gentleness is an act of grace as we help each other walk in the light of Christ (1 John 1:5-9). We should be open to receiving rebuke and be willing to give it in love.
4. Put on the Fear of God
The reason we don’t speak truth to each other is that we fear man (Prov. 29:25). But the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Prov. 1:7). This means that telling each other the truth “with all wisdom” requires that we fear God and not man. Truth-telling is only safe when we fear the God who loved and saved us in Christ Jesus.
Reflection and Discussion Questions
Why did Jesus say Mary had “chosen the good portion” (Luke 10:42)? Why is sitting at Jesus’s feet to receive his grace the gospel way?
Do you believe you have to work for God’s favor? How is it difficult to rest in what Christ has done for you?
Why does God call all members of the church to preach the gospel to each other? Why not just listen to the pastor on Sundays?
What stops you from telling others the gospel? Is that rooted in faith?
Why is receiving correction an important part of the Christian life?
Who is one person in your life that “admonishes” you? Thank God for them! Who is one person in your life that you can wisely and gently admonish?
Why is the fear of God essential for anyone who wants to correct or tell the gospel to others? How does the fear of God give wisdom?