Set Your Affection on Things Above

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

‘You then be risen with Christ.’ Note the contrast between this and Colossians 2:20 – if you are dead with Christ from rudiments of the world, act like a dead man. Here, if you ‘are risen’ with Christ, act like a living man (3:1-3).

‘Seek those things which are above.’ Focus on that which is given to us from God, His Word and promises. Not this world and its problems.

‘Where Christ sits on the right hand of God.’ Another proof of God and Christ being separate and distinct persons who sit side by side.  From Acts 2:32-33 we see Jesus had been raised by God and exalted by the right hand of God and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost. Proof of three separate and distinct persons.

‘Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.’ Love heavenly things and be engrossed by them and not earthly things (1Jn. 2:15-17). Think about Godly things, not earthly (Php. 4:8), casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ, having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled (2Cor. 10:5-6). We have the warning from Luke 21:34-35 to take heed of ourselves, lest at any time our hearts be overcharged with surfeiting and drunkenness and the cares of this life so that the day of the Lord come upon us unawares. Take your cares to Him!!

‘You are dead.’ Christians are dead to three things: Sin (Rom. 6:2, 7, 11; 1Pet. 2:24); the law (Rom. 7:4; Gal. 2:19); the rudiments of the world (2:20).

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