In fact, the battle we face daily, as believers, is that very battle. At times the text itself may be relevant and the Holy Spirit may reveal through illumination a direct correlation but at other times one may need to consult reference materials. ... Colossians 3:1(ASV) Verse Thoughts. To gain understanding of the passage or verse of study one must verse analyze the literary content of the text being studied. We would love to answer any question you have or help suggest next steps on your journey. It does not matter who you are, you must put to death whatever belongs to the old nature. When we stay focused on our Lord then we will have hope, joy, and peace of mind. seek the things above, where Christ is seated at God’s right hand. ... Colossians 3:3(NASB) Verse Thoughts. Jesus is not “lofty.”. As a new believer, you may find it difficult to put to death the old nature. 2. Galatians 5:22-23 (fruit of the Spirit). [b] 7You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. 5 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. What does the phrase, “you have been raised with Christ” mean to you? When you accepted Jesus as your Savior and Lord, you were positioned to be a member of the family of God. We just don’t really know for sure what this other “philosophy” was. He is our Savior. 6. 29 If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. In Colossians, Paul addresses a way of thinking and existing that runs counter to the thought and life rooted in the good news of Jesus Christ. There should be no other end. 1. He will establish you and guard you from the evil one. What virtues of Christ listed in the passage come easily for you and which one present opportunities for spiritual growth? 1. It is not that my individual self is hidden with Christ — though it is. What aspects of the old nature do you battle and how should you encounter them? One can only turn on the news, read the paper or step outside into the world today and see the corruption of Sin and the promotion of the ways of the world over the ways of God. Paul has already mentioned this continuance in the faith. ¶“The Lord is faithful. It therefore has characteristics of a letter by … Continue reading "Commentary on Colossians 3:1-4" You can take the first step right now by asking God to make His desires your desires. Perhaps Paul is saying, “When Christ is made manifest in you all, as you all together display Christ to the world, it is then that you all also will (truly) be made manifest.”. We must seek to let the peace of Christ rule our hearts. Thus, cutting one off from God and leaving one feeling unsatisfied and unfilled. But twice Jesus specifically says that God’s plan is not to take Christians out of this world, but rather, to send them into the world (vs. 15,18). But what are the "things above"? No wonder we are exhorted to seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated on the right hand of God. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. 4. Wisdom and Knowledge For Our Decadent World! 2Set your minds on things above, not on things here on earth. An action statement will be a command or some sort of activity. We are free to live in a right relationship with God. 6Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. 9 Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him, established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding with thanksgiving” (Colossians 2:5-7). Here, the apostle is urging us to exchange the old desires, attitudes, and actions that were characteristic of our former lives for those that are indicative of our new rank and standing. In Colossians, Paul addresses a way of thinking and existing that runs counter to the thought and life rooted in the good news of Jesus Christ. Paul transforms the way to look at things, calling the escapism and pursuit of heavenly realities pursuits ultimately rooted in “the things of the earth.” It is not true “spirituality.” It’s too lofty. 17:14-18. a. This priority will be our standard by which we evaluate our lives and how we interact with others. We don’t start somewhere else and get to Christ somehow; we don’t begin with Christ to get somewhere else; we don’t mix the best things about Christ into another foundation. Follow the example of Jesus. Additionally, Paul does not use the verb “make manifest” (phaneroo) to refer to the parousia, but to refer to God’s “making manifest” of God’s good news of righteousness in Christ in the present time (Romans 3:21; 16:26), and the “making manifest” of Christ’s ongoing presence and work through the ekklesia (2 Corinthians 4:10–11).1, Paul goes on in Colossians 3 to talk about the present life, exhorting to put off the old life because those in Christ have died and have been raised with Christ. —James asks, “What is your life?” (James 4:14). By grace the born-again believer is not only forgiven of their sin but they are dead to sin because sin’s power and dominion, in the life of every Christian, was forever broken at the cross. The emphasis here seems to be that the life of the body is hidden with Christ in God. What must you do, or change, to make Jesus the priority of your life? Paul provided us with specific areas and issues of our lives that we need to put off and what we need to put on. Colossians 3:12, CSB: "Therefore, as God's chosen ones, holy and dearly loved, put on compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience," What does Colossians 3:12 mean? And be thankful. 2Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. The Passage studied is relevant in a modern as well as a historical setting and thus is culturally bound. ¶“1Since you have been raised with Christ, seek the things above, where Christ is seated at God’s right hand. The hope of glory is not in heaven, it is in the body of Christ (Colossians 1:24–27). Learn how your comment data is processed. 3:20) -- "For our conversation [citizenship] is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. Then we go home and try our best to live up to our commitment. This is the basis for the meaning of life. Loving Father help me to understand the precious relationship I have with Christ and what it means to be in Christ and to be seated with Him in heavenly places. You can do this! The nature of life on this earth is fairly evident, yet people live life as though it were far different to the reality. People will understand. - As we long for these qualities and think about them, they will transform our lives. Chapters 1 and 2 set the stage by showing how the teachings of Christ are superior to all other claims. [i] http://www.bibleplaces.com/colossae.htm, [ii] http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Colossi%20ans%201:18&version=NASB.New American Standard Bible (NASB)Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation, [iii] http://www.ccel.org/bible/phillips/CP05Acts18.htm, [iv] http://www.matthewmcgee.org/paultime.html. Suppose if you will you are presented with the opportunity to engage in sexual intercourse with the most attractive person you can imagine but that person or yourself is separated but not divorced. We've updated our privacy policy to include the most recent GDPR updates. We are not waiting around for Christ to be revealed, and so also for ourselves to be found, as if we are lost in the middle awaiting the coming of Christ. In Colossians 3: 1. Most likely, it was not something definite — Stoicism, mystical Judaism, or the like. The manifestation of the mystery of God in Christ does not condone an escape from the earthly life, it is an embrace of this earthly life for the purpose of transformation and renewal. By drawing attention to Christ as the one “above” who should capture their attention and steer their lives, Paul draws attention not to escapism but to a heavenly reality that has made itself known in human form.