Give God The Glory
Being In Tune With Each Other
Christ is Lord over all of creation, including the invisible realm. He has secured redemption for his people, enabling them to participate with him in his death, resurrection, and fullness.
15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Significantly, Paul urged the Colossians to let the peace “of Christ” rule in their midst. Perhaps recalling the words of Jesus (John 14:27), Paul extended the meaning to its social dimensions. Normally when Paul discussed peace, he prayed for peace in the believers’ experience. Most of the time, the prayer for peace occurred in the Pauline salutations. All the letters contain it. In all but two of the salutations, Paul stated that peace came jointly from God and the Lord Jesus Christ. Four other times he spoke of peace coming from God without a reference to Christ.38 This is the only place that Paul spoke of the granting of peace as an activity of Christ alone. The usage clearly reveals that Paul conceived of God the Father and Jesus as having the same level of authority. It reveals his high estimation of Christ, who does what God does. Even though he is not present physically on this earth, faith in him continues to be the answer to a troubled disposition as it was when he was on earth (John 14:1). Though Paul did not begin this epistle by stating that Jesus gives peace, this is the only time it occurs apart from identifying God with it.