Colossians 3:1-3

In Colossians 3:1-3 Paul gives us some practical instruction on how to live as a Christ Follower. There is a clear understanding that Christian living is built on the foundation of truth from God’s Word. “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.” Because we know that Jesus has really been raised from the dead, our identification with Him becomes real. It is only because we were raised with Christ that we can seek those things which are above. And if we were raised with Him, there are certain things that should be true in our life and how we live. We should seek the things of God, not the world.

Vaughn explains that “the apostle reminds the Colossians that worldly regulations are of no real value in restraining indulgence of the flesh. The only remedy for sinful passions is found in the believers’ experience of union with Christ.” Guzik writes “Because we were raised with Christ, we should act just as Jesus did when He was resurrected.

  • After His resurrection, Jesus left the tomb. So should we – we don’t live there any more.
  • After His resurrection, Jesus spent His remaining time being with and ministering to His disciples. So should we – live our lives to be with and to serve one another.
  • After His resurrection, Jesus lived in supernatural power with the ability to do impossible things. So should we – with the power and the enabling of the Holy Spirit.
  • After His resurrection, Jesus looked forward to heaven, knowing He would soon enough ascend there. So should we – recognizing that our citizenship is in heaven.”

Paul tells us that the best Christian living comes from minds that are fixed on heaven. Since Jesus sits on God’s right hand in heaven, our thoughts and hearts need to be connected to heaven also. “Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” Morgan wrote “The believer is to ‘seek the things… above.’ The word ‘seek’ marks aspiration, desire, and passion…. In order to seek these things the mind must be set on them.” How do we make that happen? Clarke explains “Love heavenly things; study them; let your hearts be entirely engrossed by them. Now, that you are converted to God, act in reference to heavenly things as ye did formerly in reference to those of earth.”

As Christ Followers, our place is secure for eternity through Jesus. We have died to self and the things of this earth, and are forever destined to be with Him. “For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” It doesn’t mean the world around us will recognize or support that destiny. Vaughan explains “‘Earthly things’ are not all evil, but some of them are. Even things harmless in themselves become harmful if permitted to take the place that should be reserved for the things above.” This earth is not our home. We are destined to spend eternity with God the Father and Jesus Christ if we have received His as Savior and Lord. How much better can life be? So we ought live in a way that is pleasing to God through Christ!

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