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Colossians 3:1-3

Strangers

1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.


Paul is referring to that which he had said in 2:12. If you have received Christ, you are dead to sin and have been risen from that death to live a new life in Him. He assumes that his readers fit that mold and so urges them to re-engage their interests.

"...seek those things which are above,..." The Colossian saints were, as are all Christians, strangers here on the earth. "But now they desire a better [country], that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city." (Hebrews 11:16) That is where our attention needs to be focused... on the heavenly place that has been prepared for us.

"So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God." (Mark 16:19) This is where Christ sits right now, and the things that we search for and upon which we should have focused our affections are with Him. He is our salvation from the consequences of sin. All spiritual blessings, peace, love, righteousness, forgiveness etc. are held and distributed by Him. In Him is life eternal and we hold the honor of serving Him as His ambassadors to the earth.

There is nothing on the earth that we should still desire. We are new creatures in Christ with new interests, with a new future and with a new hope. The earth and all of mankind is under the curse but, through Christ, we have escaped all of that. Why then would we have any attachment to, any love for, or any interest in those things which can only temporarily please the flesh?

The Christian is dead to this world and his life is hid with Christ in God. We are dead to the world; dead to sin; dead to all earthly pleasures. Yet we have life. It is a life of which we would not be aware except we were saved by faith. Our life is hidden with Christ in God.

As the apostle John wrote, "Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure." (1 John 3:2-3)

We are, therefore, a special people who do not belong here on this earth. Our home is with Him, and we should be striving to live as though it is. The awesomeness of Christ is that His love is all consuming and it draws all of our attention, all of our hope and all of our efforts toward Him.

Before The Throne:

Stop praying for things that satisfy the flesh. Pray for spiritual blessings, for spiritual growth and for a spiritual calling. Fall in love with your Savior and with all that He has for you. Take up the work of representing Him here on the earth, drawing all men to Him.

For Further Study:

(v.1)
** risen. Col 2:12-13, 20; Rom 6:4-5, 9-11; Gal 2:19-20; Eph 1:19-20; Eph 2:5-6; ** seek. Col 3:2; Ps 16:11; Ps 17:14-15; Ps 73:25-26; Prov 15:24; Matt 6:20, 33; Luke 12:33; Rom 8:6; 2Cor 4:18; Phil 3:20-21; Heb 11:13-16; ** where. Ps 110:1; Matt 22:44; Matt 26:64; Mark 12:36; Mark 14:62; Mark 16:19; Luke 20:42; Luke 22:69; Acts 2:34; Acts 7:55; Rom 8:34; Eph 1:20; Eph 4:10; Heb 1:3, 13; Heb 8:1; Heb 10:12; Heb 12:2; 1Pe 3:22;

(v.2) ** Set. 1Chr 22:19; 1Chr 29:3; Ps 62:10; Ps 91:14; Ps 119:36-37; Prov 23:5; Eccl 7:14; Matt 16:23; Rom 8:4-6; Phil 1:23; 1John 2:15-17; ** not. Col 3:5; Ps 49:11-17; Matt 6:19; Luke 12:15; Luke 16:8-9; Luke 16:11, 19-25; Phil 3:19; 1Jo 2:15;

(v.3) ** are. Col 2:20; Rom 6:2; Gal 2:20; ** your. Col 3:4; Col 1:5; John 3:16; John 4:14; John 5:21, 24, 40; John 6:39-40; John 10:28-30; John 14:19; Rom 5:10, 21; Rom 8:2, 34-39; 1Cor 15:45; 2Cor 5:7; Heb 7:25; 1Pet 1:3-5; ** hid. Col 2:3; Matt 11:25; 1Cor 2:14; Phil 4:7; 1Pet 3:4; 1John 3:2; Rev 2:17;

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