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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Seek the Things that are Above

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. (Colossians 3:1-4) Paul has reached a turning point in his letter to the Colossians. Everything he's written to this point can be gathered together under the title of "Raised With Christ". Look back at the first two chapters and highlight the major points that support the truth that Christ has raised us from death to life:
  • Given hope in heaven (1:3-6)
  • Sharing in God's light (1:11-12)
  • Delivered from darkness, redeemed and forgiven (1:13-14)
  • Reconciled with God in all things (1:19-20)
  • Holy, blameless and above reproach (1:21-22)
  • Chosen by God as saints (1:26-27)
  • Given treasures in Christ: wisdom and knowledge (2:3)
  • Filled, circumcised, buried and raised with Jesus (2:10-12)
  • Made alive together with Jesus (2:13)
  • Our debt of sin canceled, nailed to the cross (2:14)
  • Triumphant in Christ over rulers and authorities (2:15)
  • Nourished and knit together, growing with a growth that is from God (2:18-19)
  • Read these truths aloud to each other - savor the joy and love that they communicate. It is with these truths in mind that Paul says in chapter three: "...you have been raised with Christ..." Read more...