Alive Because We Died

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June 22, 2019 by directorfsm

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Obviously the first thing to note about this verse is Paul and the Holy Spirit were not crazy when they wrote it. Physically death is not a requirement to enter into a right relationship with Christ. So what is being spoke of here? Let us unpack this a little this morning.

So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. Colossians 3:1-3 (CSB)

The first word of Chapter 3 gives a a clue that the thought is a somehow a connection or continuation from the previous Chapter. In this case most clearly verses 20-23 where Paul had focused the end of the Chapter on false teachers and how those who are born again should look to their risen savior. 

Paul asks or states: So if you have been raised with Christ, this is telling because he does not assume all the readers or hearers of the message will be converted and true worshipers. Is that not true today?

seek the things above, where Christ is; if you are one of those true believers what are you seeking after today and everyday? Worldly fame and fortune? What is it hat occupies your minutes, days and weeks is it the pursuit of God or something else. (I know most folks have to work etc. but their is no excuse for not  pursuing Holiness) 

Set your minds on things above; The older I get I tend to loose focus easier, I am not making excuses here just stating facts. Yet this is no new command or lesson from Paul, in fact Jesus in His Sermon of the Mount made it clear we were to “seek first the kingdom of God[a]and his righteousness,and all these things will be provided for you” (Matt 6:33

For you died; Remember Paul is writing to the church he at Colossae and is clearly inferring that only those who are true believers, those who have died with Christ and have partaken in His resurrection and your life is hidden with Christ in God


Colossians 3:3Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown Commentary 

The Greek aorist tense implies, “For ye have died once for all” (Colossians 2:12Romans 6:4-7). It is not said, Ye must die practically to the world in order to become dead with Christ; but the latter is assumed as once for all having taken place in the regeneration; what believers are told is, Develop this spiritual life in practice. “No one longs for eternal, incorruptible, and immortal life, unless he be wearied of this temporal, corruptible, and mortal life” [AUGUSTINE].

and your life . . . hid— (Psalms 83:3); like a seed buried in the earth; compare “planted,” Romans 6:5. Compare Matthew 13:31Matthew 13:33, “like . . . leaven . . . hid.” As the glory of Christ now is hid from the world, so also the glory of believers’ inner life, proceeding from communion with Him, is still hidden with Christ in God; but (Colossians 3:4) when Christ, the Source of this life, shall manifest Himself in glory, then shall their hidden glory be manifest, and correspond in appearance to its original [NEANDER]. The Christian’s secret communion with God will now at times make itself seen without his intending it (Matthew 5:14Matthew 5:16); but his full manifestation is at Christ’s manifestation (Matthew 13:43Romans 8:19-23). “It doth not yet appear (Greek, ‘is not yet manifested’) what we shall be” (I John 3:2; I Peter 1:7). As yet Christians do not always recognize the “life” of one another, so hidden is it, and even at times doubt as to their own life, so weak is it, and so harassed with temptations (Psa. 51:1-19; Rom. 7:1-25).

in God—to whom Christ has ascended. Our “life” is “laid up for” us in God (Colossians 1:5), and is secured by the decree of Him who is invisible to the world (II Timothy 4:8).

Other Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown entries containing Colossians 3:3:

Song of Solomon 4:12
Daniel 7:12
2 Corinthians 4:3
2 Corinthians 5:14
Galatians 5:24
Ephesians 6:11
Colossians 1:27
Colossians 2:11
Colossians 3:5

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