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  Bro. Tom’s Weekly Bible Study
  Week #11
Posted: November 23, 2007

COLOSSIANS 3:1-4

Let us continue our study of Colossians of which I have entitled “The Sufficiency Of Christ Alone”.  This week let us look at Chapter 3 and verses 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 you 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.”

Paul now begins to tell us what the Christ life is.  In the first two Chapters he told us what it is not.  It is not intellectualism, mysticism, high sounding nonsense of extra Biblical revelation, words of knowledge through dreams and visions, keeping of man made rules, and performing all kinds of feats of self denial.  Paul now takes us into the vault of Heaven, with all the wealth it has to offer, and tells us it’s yours, help yourself.

In verses 1-4 he begins to share with us ‘The Positional Life’, a life of living upon several plains and dimensions beyond our comprehension.  We have our heads in the heavens and our feet on the ground.  We work here but we live in Heaven.  We are in the world but not of the world. We are not all here because we are not all there.  These are facts not feelings.  When we think of the positional life we are prone to say that it is too good to be true.  I say you are right.  It is good and it is true.

Let us first look in verse 1 at ‘Our Position Beside Him’.  The text says “If ye then be risen with Christ,” The word ‘if’ is our word since.  This is not a statement of possibility but a statement of fact. We stand today on the resurrection side of the grave.  When He died, I died with Him. When He arose, I arose with Him.  When He ascended, I ascended with Him and when He sat down, I sat down with Him. I will never die because I have already died with Him.  He told Martha, ‘He that believeth on me shall never die’.  It matters not whether we feel it or not for it is a fact and not a feeling.  In verse 1 we are told from this position beside Him we are to seek those things that are above.  In our world today people are seeking so many things.  The psychologist says, look within, the opportunist says, ‘look around’, the optimist says, ‘look ahead’, the pessimist says, ‘look out’, but God says, ‘look up’.  The church should be a place where spiritually dead people can come in contact with people living on resurrection ground.

In verse 2 we find ‘Our Position On Him’.  We are told to set our affections on Him above and not on the earth.  In Genesis 4 we see a list of Cain’s descendents that set their affections on things below.  They looked to things like pleasure, success, and what the world could offer.  They later died in the flood because of unbelief.  In Genesis 5 we have a list of Seth’s descendents.  Their success was in Him and on Him.  They had learned how to work down here while living up there.

In verse 3 of our text we find ‘Our Position In Him’.  We are told we are dead with Christ in God.  We are in a position that is beyond the reach of sin, sorrow, self, and Satan.  We cannot die for we have already died with Christ in God and have been raised with Him.  My, my, what a position to be in. In verse 4 we find ‘Our Position With Him’.  We are told Christ is our life.  In II Peter 1:3 we are told the Christ life is all we need for life and godliness.  Paul tells us that one day Christ shall appear.  The word ‘appear’ means to make visible, manifest, uncover, and lay bare.  Paul tells us when He comes we will be with Him. Some will come with Him and others will join Him in the clouds through the rapture.  We will appear with Him in glory.  I cannot imagine joining Him in a glorified state.  There will be no more sin, sorrow, self, or Satan.  To God be the glory. Great things He has done.  He is doing and He shall one day do.

             

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