Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Raised with Christ

If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.

5 Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6 Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience, 7 in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them.

8 But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. 9 Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, 10 and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him, 11 where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all.
(Colossians 3:1-11, New King James Version)

Raised with Christ

It seems as though every time I read another of the letters written by Paul, it becomes my new "favorite." Colossians 3 is rich with practical advice for Christians. The opening words of this chapter show us that this passage was written for Christians, who were raised with Christ.

If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.

Why do you suppose Paul spent so much time warning believers against becoming entangled in the sins of the world? Paul understood two things. First, Paul understood the deceptive devices of Satan, and second, Paul understood the weakness of our flesh.

I find it interesting that Paul uses the phrase, Set your mind on things above. That really is the key for the Christian, is it not? Our outward actions reveal what is in our hearts and minds, so by controlling our minds, we are controlling our actions as well. How do we control our minds? That is a tall order! Look at what Paul says in 1 Thessalonians 5.

16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
(1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, New King James Version)

Not only should we spend time alone with the Lord in prayer and Bible reading, but Paul admonishes us to pray without ceasing. Pray for God's grace to help you live in an attitude of prayer all day long! God is always present with you; talk to Him as you would to a friend continually throughout the day.

As Christians we are tempted to commit all of the sins Paul mentions above in verses 5-9 shown above. Christ, however, does not leave us to face the battle alone. We are to use the tools He provides to us, the most powerful of which, is prayer!

We are raised with Christ! By His grace and power let us walk in the newness of life He has given to us!

God Bless You,

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