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Scripture reading for September 10th: Colossians 3
“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now 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 appealed to the church to become heavenly-minded! Resurrection truth was that they had identified with Christ in His death but also in His resurrection. Christ was now seated at the right hand of God and so were they! Where their treasure was, their hearts and minds must be centered as well. Their old life was gone–dead with Christ on the cross and taken out of the way. Their new life had arrived–alive in Christ’s eternal life above. Jesus Christ would come again and they must be focused and ready to appear with Him in glory! This was a new way to view life laid out by their pastor to help them.
As a result of this exchange, Paul went on to encourage the Colossians to put off any remnants of the old life, reckoning them dead through Christ’s gift of grace. They must put off sexual immorality, greed, lust, as well as anger, slander and lying. God’s wrath was coming because of these on those who were outside Christ.
On the positive side, the Colossians must clothe themselves with compassion, kindness and patience. Forgiveness should rule in all relationships because of Christ’s mercy towards them. Christ’s love must bind them all together in unity. “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” (Colossians 3:17) Christ’s life must produce fruit of the Spirit!
Scripture reading for October 7th: Colossians 3:1-17
True Christian thinking involves identification with Christ in His resurrection. Not only have we died with Christ, been buried with Christ, but we are raised up with Christ! (Galatians 2:20) Christ also ascended to sit at the right hand of the Father and we have been raised to identify with Christ in glory! The Holy Spirit is the Gift of the Father who enables us to identify with Christ and be transformed to be like Him. (Ephesians 1:13-14)
“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now 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) Christ is also coming again. When He appears, we will also appear with Him! This is how we should now think as new creations in Christ. We have the fullness of Christ given to us and can expect and think on the eternal but very real truths that Christ taught. (Colossians 2:9-10)
As we change our focus from this life to Christ’s life, we begin to put off the things of our earthly nature that displease God and cause trouble with others. Our focus is now on pleasing Christ and preparing to meet Him instead of ourselves and our fleshly desires. All the old ways of immorality, lust, greed and idolatry were put to death on the cross so we put them out of our lives. In their place, we put on the new self, “which is being renewed in the knowledge and image of the Creator.” (Colossians 3:10) Christ becomes our new identity.
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you have have against one another. . .Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts since as members of on body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly. . .” (Colossians 3:12-16a) Christ’s life produces identity and purpose in our lives. We have a calling to live in Christ’s peace of forgiven sins. What a gift to thank God for every day!