Thursday, January 07, 2010

Colossians 1: 1-14

>In today’s reading, Paul prays for the Colossians that they would “be made strong with all the strength that comes from God’s glorious power”, and thereby “be prepared to endure everything with patience.” Did you notice the play on word, which in Greek reads dynamei dynamoumenoi?

“Strong” and “strength” are just slightly different versions of the same Greek word. Perhaps you have also noticed that this Greek word is very similar to some English words; dynamo, dynamite, dynamic, and dynamism, for instance. All these are words that speak of great power, and this is obviously the idea here, repeated for emphasis.

It’s kind of fun to play with the English equivalents in paraphrasing Paul’s prayer: that God would make us “spiritual dynamite”. Maybe you remember an old ACDC song that went, I’m T.N.T , I’m dynamite, T.N.T, and I'll win the fight? That’s not far from what Paul is praying here, so long as we remember that it is God’s might and not our own that makes us powerful, and that our fight is not with flesh and blood but with “all the spiritual forces which corrupt and destroy the creatures of God.” Are we T.N.T?

Or how about thinking of this prayers as asking that God would make us “dynamized dynamos”? Just how dynamic are we as Christians? Would anyone describe us as a real dynamo for God’s kingdom?

God’s power, the very same power that raised Jesus from the dead, is available to each and every one of us. How is that power being manifest in your life and in mine?

1 comment:

VAN said...

This TNT?

See me ride out of the sunset
On your colored TV screen
Out for all that I can get
If you know what I mean
Women to the left of me
Women to the right
Ain't got no gun
got no knife
Don't you start no fight

(Chorus)
Cos I'm
T.N.T.
I'm Dynamite
T.N.T.
And I'll win the fight
T.N.T.
I'm a power-load
T.N.T.
Watch me Explode

I'm dirty, mean and mighty unclean
I'm a Wanted man
Public Enemy Number One
Understand
So lock up your daughter
And lock up your wife
Lock up your back door
And run for your life
The man is back in town
So don't you mess around

(Chorus)

(Guitar Solo)

T.N.T. oi oi oi
T.N.T. oi oi oi
T.N.T. oi oi oi
T.N.T. oi oi oi

T.N.T.
I'm Dynamite (oi oi oi)
T.N.T.
And I'll win the fight (oi oi oi)
T.N.T.
I'm a power-load (oi oi oi)
T.N.T.
Watch me explode

Not seeing the connection, but I've never been as clever or creative as you :)