Some More Thoughts on “The Things Above”

Colossians 3:1-4

New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Put On the New Self

3 Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is,seated at the right hand of God. [a]Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.

Footnotes:

  1. Colossians 3:2 Or Be intent on

“If” in verse 1 IMHO should read “since”–which it does in the NLT and NIV, among other versions. As Christians, we should affirm but not doubt the assurance of our salvation. In my early days as a Christ-follower, one of the reasons people were urged to come forward during the invitation time at services and revivals was to seek assurance of salvation. Assurance of salvation needs to be based on God’s word and is a done deal at the moment we believe, not a special dispensation that occurs after the decision to follow Christ (Hebrews 13:5).

Salvation is both a position and a practice.

Seeking things from God’s perspective and not ours is the anecdote to materialism.

We should have as much interest in the things of the world as a dead person does.

We share in Jesus’ resurrection and His second coming.

Christ is our real life (as translated in the NLT). This is the anecdote to the slogan of a prominent electronic and entertainment conglomerate who wants to focus on imaginary life.

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