RAISED WITH CHRIST

Scripture Reading: Colossians 3:1-4

“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.” (Colossians 3:1)

God’s people have been raised with Christ. Read these words from Ephesians — “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him and seated us with Him in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 2:4-6). God made us alive. This is another way to say He regenerated us; He caused us to be born again. God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly places. This is our position in Christ right now!

Christians are identified with Christ in His death and resurrection. In His death our old self died and in His resurrection we raised to new life, to a new self. This means that we already have eternal life. Nothing can take our new life in Christ away, not even physical death. We already have eternal life!

The Christian life is basically becoming what we are positionally in Christ. We have been crucified with Christ and we have been raised to life with Him — “Therefore, we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, in order that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall be also in the likeness of HIs resurrection” (Romans 6:4,5). In Christ death, we died to our old self, which was in bondage to sin. In His resurrection, we were raised to new life. We become new creatures in Christ — “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come” (II Corinthians 5:17).

Because we have this new position in Christ, we are to “seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.” The emphasis in the original Greek is that we are to keep seeking; it is a continual thing. We are to “seek first His kingdom and His righteousness” (Matthew 6:33). We must not become overly preoccupied with earthly things. Instead we are to make the pattern of our lives to be preoccupied with Christ and the things above.

We are to be seeking Christ — His beauty, His patience, His wisdom, His love, His forgiveness, His grace and His mercy. We are to make this pursuit of Christ our “one thing” — “One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord and to meditate in His temple” (Psalm 27:4).

Lord God, may my “one thing” be the “one thing” of David — that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold Your beauty and to meditate in Your temple. Thank You for raising me with Christ. Thank You for the new life I have in Him. My desire is to seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at Your right hand. Give me the ability to do so today.

Standard

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *