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BC Weekly Digest
Monday, January 19 1998

In this issue:

	Colossians 3:1
	Colossians 3:2-4

Colossians 3:1

Colossians 3:1 (OPV)
1 If then you were raised together with Christ, seek the 
things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the 
right hand of God.
3:1 "Raised together with Christ"
  Just as we die with Christ (Rom 6:8; Col 2:20; 3:3),
we are also raised with Christ when we are baptized:
"having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you 
were also raised with Him through faith in the working 
of God, who raised Him from the dead" (Col 2:12 OPV).
  By the grace of God, Christ died on the cross that the
penalty of death for our sins might be paid. This grace 
is effectively extended to those who believe in Jesus
(Mark 16:15,16), who repent of their sins (Acts 2:38),
who confess their faith in Christ (Romans 10:9,10) and
who are united with the death, burial and resurrection 
of Christ in baptism. 
  "We were buried therefore with him through baptism 
unto death: that like as Christ was raised from the dead 
through the glory of the Father, so we also might walk 
in newness of life" (Romans 6:4 ASV). 
  "But if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall 
also live with him" (Romans 6:8 ASV). 
  God "even when we were dead through our trespasses, 
made us alive together with Christ (by grace have ye 
been saved) and raised us up with him, and made us to 
sit with him in the heavenly [places], in Christ Jesus 
(Ephesians 2:5,6 ASV). 
  "Faithful is the saying: For if we died with him, we 
shall also live with him: if we endure, we shall also 
reign with him" (2 Timothy 2:11,12).
3:1 "Seek the things that are above"
  Through the ages, men of faith have looked for a 
blessing from God beyond this life. Abraham was willing 
to leave the wealthy, godless city of Ur and wander as 
a nomad on earth because "he looked for the city which 
hath the foundations, whose builder and maker is God" 
(Hebrews 11:10 ASV). Men of faith desire a heavenly 
homeland (Hebrews 11:16) and, like Moses, are willing 
to pay the price (Hebrews 11:24-27).
3:1 "Where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God"
  When Christ, after His resurrection, ascended to the 
Father, He was seated at the right hand of God. 
  At His trial, Jesus told the rulers of the people: 
"from henceforth shall the Son of man be seated at the 
right hand of the power of God" (Luke 22:69 ASV). 
  "So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken unto 
them, was received up into heaven, and sat down at the 
right hand of God" (Mark 16:19 ASV), "but he, when he 
had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down 
on the right hand of God" (Hebrews 10:12 ASV). 
  On the Day of Pentecost after His ascension, Peter 
preached that Jesus was seated at the right hand of 
God (Acts 2:33,34).
  As Paul assured the saints at Rome: "It is Christ 
Jesus that died, yea rather, that was raised from the 
dead, who is at the right hand of God, who also maketh 
intercession for us" (Romans 8:34 ASV). 
  "Therefore let us also, seeing we are compassed 
about with so great a cloud of witnesses, lay aside 
every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset 
us, and let us run with patience the race that is set 
before us, looking unto Jesus the author and perfecter 
of [our] faith, who for the joy that was set before 
him endured the cross, despising shame, and hath sat 
down at the right hand of the throne of God" 
(Hebrews 12:1,2). 
Roy Davison


Colossians 3:2-4

Colossians 3:2-4 (OPV)
2 Set your mind on the things that are above, not on the 
things that are on the earth, 
3 for you died, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
4 When Christ, our life, appears, then you will also 
appear with Him in glory. 
3:2 "Set your mind on the things that are above"
  These are the things we are to 'seek' (verse 1) and 
these are the things we are to think about. 
  As Paul wrote to the believers at Philippi: "Finally, 
brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things 
are honorable, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever 
things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, 
whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any 
virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these 
things" (Phil 4:8 ASV).
3:2 "Not on the things that are on the earth"
  Jesus told Pilate: "My kingdom is not of this world: 
if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants 
fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but 
now is my kingdom not from hence" (John 18:36 ASV). 
  Where we focus our thoughts affects our behavior. 
After Peter rebuked Jesus for predicting His approaching 
death, Jesus told Peter that his mind was set on the 
wrong things: "But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get 
thee behind me, Satan: thou art a stumbling-block unto 
me: for thou mindest not the things of God, but the 
things of men" (Mat 16:23 ASV). 
  Notice that these are commands. We can DECIDE what we
are going to think about. Of course we all develop 
certain 'habits' of thinking. And it can take effort to 
change our usual way of thinking. We all tend to fill 
our days thinking about the things of this earth. But 
God calls us to place our thinking on a higher plane.
3:3 "For you died"
  We died with Christ to get away from the principles of 
the world (Col 2:20) so we should no longer set our minds
on the things of the world. Being dead to the world, we
are to bear fruit for God. "Wherefore, my brethren, ye 
also were made dead to the law through the body of 
Christ; that ye should be joined to another, [even] to 
him who was raised from the dead, that we might bring 
forth fruit unto God" (Rom 7:4 ASV).
3:3 "Your life is hid with Christ in God"
  Is this not a beautiful and reassuring statement? 
3:4 "You will also appear with Him in glory"
  We find this same train of thought in Paul's letter 
to the Philippians. We should not "mind earthly things" 
since our citizenship is in heaven. "For many walk, of 
whom I told you often, and now tell you even weeping, 
[that they are] the enemies of the cross of Christ: 
whose end is perdition, whose god is the belly, and 
[whose] glory is in their shame, who mind earthly 
things. For our citizenship is in heaven; whence also 
we wait for a Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: who 
shall fashion anew the body of our humiliation, [that 
it may be] conformed to the body of his glory, 
according to the working whereby he is able even to 
subject all things unto himself" (Phil 3:18-21 ASV). 
Roy Davison