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Colossians 3 verses 1 to 4

1Therefore, if you have been raised with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.  2 Keep thinking about things above, not things on the earth, 3 for you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.  4 When Christ (who is your life) appears, then you too will be revealed in glory with him.

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Key words and phrases:

1 Therefore if you have been raised with Christ – this phrase is being repeated from chapter 2 verse 12,  and means in God’s eyes, the Colossians have been raised from their penalty of death with Christ by union with Him in His resurrection by regeneration, repentance from sin, and faith in Christ. 

keep seeking the things above – meaning things such as Christ, justification, inheritance, and all spiritual blessings located above, therefore, the Colossians should keep seeking things above; and they should not seek things mentioned in chapter 2 for justification, such as, the world’s philosophies, worship of angels, asceticism, and man-made made systems of worship.

where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God – meaning Christ is seated showing that His work is complete, and Christians are in Him, therefore, our justification is complete. He is seated at the honored right hand of God. A position that no angel has ever been, and we are honored because we are in Him at the right hand.

Keep thinking about things above, not things on the earth – meaning to not only keep your eyes on things above, but also keep the mind’s thoughts and affections on things above, such as, Christ, inheritance, justification, all  spiritual blessings; and do not think on earthly ideas of justification and the distractions of the world and sin.

for you have died – meaning the Colossians have died in Christ from the lust of the world and the world’s philosophies by their union with Him by regeneration, repentance, and faith.

and your life is hidden with Christ in God – meaning the Colossians spiritual life and eternal life are safe and protected by being hidden in Christ and even more secure because Christ is in God.

When Christ (who is your life) appears – meaning Christ will return, and He is their spiritual and eternal life. Without Him, there is no spiritual or eternal life.

then you too will be revealed in glory with him. – meaning a promise that when He appears at the consummation of the age, then the Colossians will also be shown to be with Him in Heaven in a glorified existence.
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Listening Prayer method – a method where you write what you think God would say to you after meditating and studying a Bible passage.
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What are You Thinking About?

Bob

This Earth is not your home.  Becareful not to get too attached.  Becareful not to fulfill it’s lusts.  Becareful of it’s deceptive philosophies.  Yes you must be diligent and responsible to live on Earth, but remember the time of this terminal Earth is short.  Becareful how you invest your time and energy. 

Keep seeking and thinking on things above.  You will be living with Me eternally.  Your salvation, your inheritance, all spiritual blessings, an eternal city, and I all await above.

Your salvation is secure.  Your eternal life is hid in Me and I am in God.  There is no need to fret at what man will tell you.  Your salvation is in Me, and I am resting at the right hand of God.

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