Colossians

Colossians 4:5-6 Walking And Speaking In The Way Of Wisdom.

“Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time” (v. 5). Firstly, for the Christian, biblical wisdom is more than theory. Biblical wisdom is meant to be lived. Biblical wisdom is in fact the application of the law-word of the covenant to all of life. Secondly, biblical wisdom is not just something to be lived out within the confines of the Christian community or only in one’s private life. Biblical wisdom is to be lived out “toward those who are outside” of the church. Every Christian should be communicating the wisdom of God in how they live in the world. Thirdly, when we live this way, we are “redeeming the time.” In other words, only as we live out our faith in all we say and do, are we truly making the most of every opportunity and situation in which God has placed us. We must therefore resist the mantra of the secular humanists who believe that every religious or other philosophy, other than their own, must remain a private matter. Everyone lives according to their own worldview, and the Christian is called to live out the Christian worldview, which is in fact the only wise way to live.

There are three things which characterize this “walk in wisdom.” Firstly, we need to let our speech “always be with grace” (v. 6a). To walk in wisdom is to walk “circumspectly” or carefully, the opposite of the way of the fool, bearing in mind that biblically, the fool is one who denies God’s existence (5:15). We are to be as “wise as serpents and harmless as doves” (Mt. 10:16). Walking in wisdom is understanding “what the will of the Lord is” (Eph. 5:16), that is, applying the word to all of life. In verse 5 Paul addressed our walk, and in this verse he addresses our speech. “The words of a wise man’s mouth are gracious” (Pr. 10:12a). Jesus is our example for what this means (Lk. 4:22). Secondly, our speech must also be “seasoned with salt” (v. 6b). Salt brings out the flavour of what we eat and also acts as a preservative. Salt gives and preserves life to it’s fullest. This is what our speech should do. Finally, our speech should provide people with answers which are based upon the word of God. Our speech must have as one of it’s purposes, the defence and furtherance of the gospel and the Christian worldview for all of life (Cf. I Pet. 3:15).

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