Colossians Bible Study Day 9 of 14
Read Colossians 3:1-4
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
Colossians 3:1-4 (NIV)
1… 2… 3…
1 time Paul gives us shocking information. You died (v3).
3 times Paul tells us of our relationship with Jesus – past, present, and future. We have been raised with Christ (v1), our life is now hidden with Christ (v3), and we will appear with Christ in glory (v4).
We were dead with nothing to offer; we were totally separated from God. Then, God bridged the gap through Jesus. He rescued us from our death.
Now, God has redeems our past, protects our present, and promises our future. We are now alive because of God’s work with Jesus.
Finally, because of our new life we are to share in Jesus’ glory. Thus, we are free to focus our hearts and minds on things that are not of this world. We are to be free.
What does it mean to you to focus your heart and mind on things above?
If you don’t know, no worries. Check out the words of Jesus in Matthew 6:16-34.