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  Bro. Tom’s Weekly Bible Study
  Week #74
Posted: March 17, 2006

A Study of Positional Truths

Our IN CHRIST study takes us this week to Colossians 3:1-4 which says, If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.  When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.”

The opening statement of this text takes us positionally as high as  we can go.  The ‘If’ statement is not one of possibility, but means ‘in view of this fact’.  When Christ died, I died with Him. (Romans 6:6)  When He was buried, I was buried with Him.  When He arose, I arose with Him.  When He ascended and sat down, I ascended and sat down with Him.

Paul encourages us to ‘seek those things which are above’.  In order to do this we must turn our attention from things below.  The word ‘seek’ means to desire, to enquire after, or to require to have.  I have often said as a deep statement, ‘If one looks around at their circumstances they will do nothing but worry.  If you are looking up you will do nothing by worship’

We see in verse 1 the reason for looking up.  Christ now ‘sitteth on the right hand of God’.  It is a place of confident rest in the finished work of Christ.  We must be reminded as the child of God that we are now sitting present tense with Him there. (Ephesians 2:6)

We are encouraged to change the direction of our affections from an earthly focus to an heavenly focus.  The affections would involve a persons mind or his thinker.  It would involve his feeler or feelings.  It would involve his doer or doings.  We learn from a study of the Bible that the descendants of Cain in Genesis 4 were great artists, inventors, and people of great power and land in this world.  They all died in the flood.  The descendants of Seth in Genesis 5 were all mundane people who were not just living here but were living for the world to come.  Let me be of that generation that maybe makes no mark here but makes a great mark on the world to come.

How can one live such a life with affections set above?  How can one live this resurrected?  In verse 3 Paul tells us by realizing we are ‘dead’.  The tense indicates a past action with present results.  We died with Christ at Calvary.  The world is crucified to us as we are dead to the world.  We must reckon this to be a true fact. The life I now live is ‘Zoe’ life or resurrected life.  I’m doubly guarded in this position by being hid with Christ in God.  I am IN CHRIST and He is in the Father.  What a blessed place of rest.

Let us be reminded from verse 4 when Christ shall appear we shall appear with Him.  Those of the world who have hated God and His people will be blinded by the glory upon our appearance.  John said, “He that hath this hope will keep himself pure.”

There is so much today to pull our attention away from Christ.  Let us believe the Bible and turn our gaze upon Him.  Let us look full in His wonderful face and the things of this world will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.

I love what John Phillips said about looking to Him.  He said, “The psychologist says “Look within”. The opportunist says “Look around”. The optimist says “Look ahead”. The pessimist says “Look out”. The worrier says “Look down” but God says “Look up”.