Colossians 3:1-9 – HEAVENLY THINKING = HEAVENLY LIVING. 

We will live in a higher realm if we think in a higher realm.

How we think will effect how we live.  If we think heavenly thoughts, we will translate them into heavenly living. When we think with a Heavenly perspective, we will live with a Heavenly perspective. 

In our text we find a very important principle for us to consider, “Heavenly thinking equals heavenly living.” 

THE FACTS – Vs. 1 

There are two facts we need to consider:

  1. We are risen with Christ because we died with Christ.

Notice the word “if” here. That word would be better translated “since”. There’s no doubt in Paul’s mind. We are risen with Christ. 

Romans 6:3-4 – Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 

We are risen with Christ because we died with Christ.

We are risen with Christ because we were buried with Christ.

We are risen with Christ and that means that just as the Lord Jesus had victory over sin and the grave so do we.

We will live forever, and we don’t have to live in sin now.  We are risen with Christ! 

The day I died with Christ I died to sin’s power over me. I began a resurrected victorious life that gives the power to be victorious over sin.  I don’t have to listen to sin anymore, although I can chose to. I am risen with Christ and the risen Christ lives inside of me, according to Galatians 2:20.

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. 

THE FACTS:

  1. We are risen with Christ because we died with Christ. (See Galatians 2:20 and Romans 6:1-14)
  2. Christ sits on the right hand of God.

He is in control. Ephesians 1:18-23 

Now because we were crucified with Him, buried with Him, and resurrected with Him, that also means we are also seated with Him.  This is our position.  This is our rank. This is where we belong. 

Ephesians 2:6 – And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: 

We live in the sphere of God’s influence where Christ reigns.

We are not of this world, we are of the world where Christ is preeminent!

We are where Christ is! Christ is seated in glory! We are there too! 

THE FOCUS – Vss. 1-2 

We are to seek things above, the things of Christ.

If we are not of this world, we should seek the things of the world we are part of.

Our focus is to be on Christ and His preeminence.

Our focus is to be on Christ and the things of God. Matthew 6:33 

When we seek the Kingdom we seek the King!

When we seek the Kingdom we seek to obey the King.

When we seek the Kingdom we seek to learn from the King.

When we seek the Kingdom we seek the Kings authority and power in our lives. 

We are to seek things above, the things of Christ.

We are to seek things above, not the things of this earth. 

We are to set our minds on things above, not on things of the earth.

We are to think Heaven and heavenly things. 

THE FUNERAL – Vs. 3, 5-9 

When Christ died on the cross I died with Him. Vs. 3

Our lives are now hid with Him in God.

When we are hid in Christ, we are eternally secure.

When we are hid in Christ, we are safe now.

When we are hid in Christ, we can not be touched by sin and death. 

Vs. 5 – The sins listed in this verse are basically sexual and sensual in nature. 

Vss. 6-7 – These are the things that God will judge. No child of God should be involved in these things. These are things of the past life. We lived in them previously when we were not saved, but should no part of them now. 

Some will say, “Well that’s no so bad, I don’t have a moral problem.” 

But there’s more in Vss. 8-9. These verses show us some basic actions that no child of God should be in bondage to. 

We are to put to death the old bad habits. 

THE FUTURE – Vs. 4 

When Christ appears in glory, we appear with Him. This motivates us to live for our Savior now! 

1 John 2:2-3 – Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.