Putting off the Old Man and Putting on the New (3:1–17)…
Read Colossians 3
In chapter 3, Paul tells the Colossian believers: Fellow believers in Colosse, since you have been given new life by Christ, who is now exalted in heaven, it is only right that you focus your aspirations on heavenly things.
A deep personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ will transform every area of our lives.
The new life you have because of your identification with Christ should cause you to discard the ugly remnants of your former lifestyle and display the Christlike character appropriate to your new life.
The Word of Christ should take up comfortable residence in your hearts, and all your activities and relationships should be viewed with spiritual significance.
If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.
The IF of this verse does not express any doubt in the mind of the Apostle Paul.
It is what has been called the “If” of argument, and may be translated since:
“Since then you were raised together with Christ….
As mentioned in chapter 2, the believer is seen as having died with Christ, having been buried with Him, and having risen with Him from among the dead.
The spiritual meaning of all this is that we have said good-bye to the former way of life, and have entered upon a completely new type of life, that is, the life of the risen Lord Jesus Christ.
“Spirituality involves the whole of human life; nothing is nonspiritual…
In fact, spirituality is to be expressed primarily in the ordinary everyday affairs and relationships of our lives.”
(Ranald Macaulay and Jerram Barrs)
Because we have been raised with Christ, we should seek those things which are above.
We are still on earth, but we should be cultivating heavenly ways.
God . . . changes the man by changing the mind. And how does it happen?
By doing what you are doing right now.
Considering the glory of Christ.
“We all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord” (2 Corinthians 3:18).
To behold Him is to become like Him.
As Christ dominates your thoughts, He changes you from one degree of glory to another until—hang on!—you are ready to live with Him.
Heaven is the land of sinless minds.
Virus-free thinking. Absolute trust.
No fear or anger.
Shame and second-guessing are practices of a prior life.
Heaven will be wonderful, not because the streets are gold, but because our thoughts will be pure.
So what are you waiting on?
Apply God’s antivirus.
“Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth” (Colossians 3:2).
Give Him your best thoughts, and see if He doesn’t change your mind.
Ask yourself, is your relationship with Jesus noticeable by your words?
Ask God for a vocabulary that reflects love for others without any bitterness or hate.
Selah (let us pause and calmly think about these things)
Tuesday, Nov 15
“Since then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.”
— Colossians 3:1
In Ephesians 2:10, Paul reminds us that we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works.
We are redeemed as His people and equipped for serving Him. But we also are surrounded with troubles where issues of race and culture separate and cause conflict among us.
And furthermore, we can be easily caught up in our good works, forgetting how we have been raised in Christ.
Before we know it, we’ve lost our focus on “things above.”
We need to remind ourselves often of the backdrop of eternity that illuminates all we do.
“Do not let the world squeeze you into its mold,” J.B. Phillips tells us in his modern English version of Romans 12:2.
We are in Jesus, the risen Christ.
Since our relationship is intimate and complete, we can carry on in our day-to-day tasks as well as our good works with a new, heavenly perspective.
J.C. Ryle, an English evangelical Anglican bishop in the 1800s, said,
“Heaven is a prepared place for a prepared people, and those who enter shall find they are neither unknown nor unexpected.”
Amen to our great hope!
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