Consequences of Life in Christ – Colossians 3:1-4

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Pastor Scott L. Harris

Grace Bible Church, NY

November 14, 2010

Consequences of Life
in Christ

Colossians 3:1-4

 

Introduction

 

Many years ago Johnny Cash had a song in which the lyrics of the chorus
repeated the phrase, “No earthly good you are no earthly good, You’re so
heavenly minded you’re no earthly good.”
There is some truth to the song
since such people have always been around in religious systems in which you have
to earn your salvation. Jesus rebuked the Pharisees and scribes for their
neglect or perversion of the social aspects of God’s law in their pursuit of
trying to earn righteousness through their religious system

(Matthew 23:22). However, the reality is that the vast majority of people
in the world, including a large portion of professing Christians, have the
opposite problem. They are so earthly minded they are no heavenly good – or for
that matter, earthly good either. Whenever a person lives their life with a
focus on themselves, then they will be of no positive use to God and of little
good for others.

This morning we come to Colossians 3 in which Paul begins a series of
practical encouragements and admonitions in directing believers on how to live a
life that is so heavenly minded that it will be of earthly good too. Paul has
already set forth the superiority of Jesus Christ over creation, the church,
philosophy and religion in the first two chapters. He has also given specific
warning about the doctrines of the false teachers and the failure of philosophy,
legalism, mysticism, ritualism and asceticism to produce a godly life. As he
summarized in Colossians 2:23, “These are matters which have, to be sure, the
appearance of wisdom in self-made religion and self-abasement and severe
treatment of the body, [but are] of no value against fleshly indulgence.”

(See: Colossian Sermon Series)
The doctrine and practices of philosophers,
religionists and false teachers seem to be wise from the human perspective, but
ultimately they fail not only in making a person right with God, but they also
fail in even controlling fleshly desire. (See:

The Superiority of Christ to Religion
) Why? Because sin is a problem of the mind and heart and not
just outward behavior. Self-discipline may result in restricting a behavior, but
it cannot change the sinful heart, so sinful thoughts continue and sinful
behavior erupts in other areas.

As Paul begins chapter three, he lays the foundation for how to live a
successful and fruitful life that is pleasing to the Lord. Please follow along
as I read Colossians 3:1-4. “If then you have been raised up with Christ,
keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
2 Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. 3 For
you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is
our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.”

These verses lay the foundation for successful Christian living by pointing
out the consequences of being raised with Christ. Because of that we seek what
is above where He is; think about what is above; have our lives hidden with Him;
and will share in His future glory. In the rest of the chapter Paul will give
specific instructions on setting aside your old life
(vs. 5-11),
living according to Christian virtues
(vs. 12-17), and
having proper social relationships
(vs. 3:18-4:1).

The real key to living in godliness is Christ. Notice that in just these four
verses Paul makes five references to Him – four by title and once by a personal
pronoun. We are raised up with Christ (vs. 1); seek where
Christ is (vs. 1); have our life hidden in Christ
(vs. 3); and will be revealed with Him (vs.
4)
when Christ, who is our life, is revealed (vs. 4).
Our identification is with Jesus’ death (vs. 3),
resurrection (vs. 1), life (vs. 3 & 4)
and glory (vs. 4).


Raised with Christ Colossians 3:1

Paul begins this passage with the statement, “If then you have been raised
up with Christ . . .”
Paul is not questioning whether they have been raised
up with Christ. The grammar here is a first class conditional statement which
assumes positive affirmation of the condition. In this case, “if then you
have been raised up with Christ”
with an assumed affirmation of “and you
have,”
and so could also be translated as “since” as in the NIV. Its purpose
is to present the consequences of that condition. Paul used the same grammatical
form in Colossians 2:20 in which he pointed out that they had died with Christ
to the elemental things of this world and so should not be submitting to the
decrees of the false teachers. In this passage Paul will argue that being raised
up with Christ will have consequences in what we seek, what we think, our
security and our future.

What exactly is Paul referring to in saying you have been raised up with
Christ? This is a continuation of the same point Paul made in Colossians 2:20 in
our identification with Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection. Just as we died
with Christ, so we are also raised up with Him. This has been a theme throughout
this letter because it is the heart of the gospel. God delivered us from the
domain of darkness and into the Kingdom of His beloved Son through the
redemption and forgiveness of sins
(1:13-14) that come by
His reconciling us to the Lord through the death of His fleshy body in order
that we might be holy and blameless and beyond reproach before Him
(1:22). Or as stated in Colossians 2:12, “having been
buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through
faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.”
Paul makes the
same point in Romans 6:4 stating, “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.”

I pointed out this identification with Jesus’ death in our study last week.
The person you used to be is crucified with Christ so that you are free from the
bondage to sin, Satan and the world. Yes, we still live in this body of flesh
and will struggle against them due to old habits and incorrect thinking.
However, are no longer our masters
(Romans 6), and so we
should not submit ourselves to sinful desire, demonic oppression or worldly
lusts. Instead, we are slaves to righteousness who love not the world
(1 John 2:15), look for the way of escape in the midst of
temptations
(1 Corinthians 10:13), flee youthful lusts
(2 Timothy 2:22) and submit to God, resisting the devil so
that he will flee from us
(James 4:7). All these are
consequences of having died to sinful self by our identification with Jesus’
crucifixion. Remember, Jesus cancelled the decrees against our sin when they
were figuratively nailed to the cross and paid for by Him in His death
(Colossians 2:14). We are forgiven our sins by faith in
Him.

There is also the identification of being raised up with Jesus which Paul
points out here. Jesus did not just in mercy pay the debt of sin for us, He also
in grace made us alive in Him
(Colossians 2:13). He grants
us adoption into God’s family
(John 1:12; Ephesians 1:5)
that we might live in righteousness before Him
(Colossians 2:22;
2 Corinthians 5:21). As Paul put it in 2 Corinthians 2:17, Therefore
if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature.”
If you have become a
disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ, then you are something other that what you
used to be. Your spirit has been regenerated so that you are now alive to God
and are to walk in newness of life. This is so radical that we use the term
conversion to describe it. You are converted from an enemy of God into being His
adopted child. Your conversion from spiritual death to spiritual life is no less
radical than if you were attending a funeral of an old man and suddenly the lid
to the coffin was pushed open and the same man jumped out of that coffin as a
young man.

Because we are raised up with Christ to walk in newness of life, then there
are subsequent changes in our purpose in life, the way we think, the nature of
our life and its future destiny. The radical change that began with repentance
from sin and placing our faith in Christ continues as our knowledge of God and
His will increases so that we might walk in a manner worthy of the Lord and bear
fruit. Remember, that was Paul’s prayer back in Colossians 1:9-12.  ((See:
The Prayer
for the Colossians,
Pt. 1
)


Seeking What is Above Colossians 3:1

Since believers are raised up with Christ, the first thing Paul states in
keeping with this truth is “keep seeking the things above, where Christ is,
seated at the right hand of God.”
This is not an option for the true
Christian for this is an imperative – a command, not a suggestion. It is also in
the present tense meaning it is an ongoing quest and not something done once in
the past or something that will not occur until sometime in the future. This is
the logical consequence of the radical change that occurred in you when you were
regenerated by the Holy Spirit to be alive in God. You have a completely
different purpose in your existence than before conversion because you have a
different relationship with your Creator.

What is included in this command? First, we are to seek (zhtew
/ zêteô) which encompasses searching, striving, investigating and
pursuing. This is an active endeavor. It is not something that will happen if
you do not change what you are currently seeking or passively wait for someone
to bring it to you.

If you do not change what you are seeking, you will be default simply
continue to live in pursuit of the same sinful goals you had before your
profession of faith. You will not grow in your knowledge of God or His will, nor
will you bear fruit in godliness or serving Him. Your profession of faith will
be demonstrated to be false, because nothing will indicate that there was any
actual repentance. Repentance, a change of mind, must be accompanied by a change
of direction or there is no evidence of any actual change of mind. The stated
belief and faith is demonstrated to be false, which is the point of James
2:14-26. Faith without works is dead.

If you wait passively for someone else to do this for you, you will at best
remain stagnant without an increase in the knowledge of God or His will and
consequently continue to live with little or know fruit in godliness or serving
the Lord. You will also be very vulnerable to the false teachers who offer means
and methods for you to get what you want in some manner acceptable to you, and
what you will want will be determined by self-desire instead of godly desire. We
are not to “let go and let God” waiting for Him to “zap” us with a second
blessing of holiness and a victorious life. We are commanded to seek the things
above. (See: “Holiness” by J.C. Ryle)

We know that the “things above” are “heavenly” things since Paul relates this
to where Christ is now seated at the right hand of the Father

(Hebrews 12:2). Jesus ascended to heaven
(Acts 1:9)
to be seated at the right hand of the power of God
(Luke 22:69).
From that position He intercedes for His followers
(Romans 8:34)
and is preparing a place for us in heaven that we might be with Him in
eternity after He returns to get us
(John 14:2-3). What
exactly then is this pursuit of “things above” since we still live on this
terrestrial earth. This verse is certainly not Paul’s advocation for the
exploration of the atmosphere and space.

Jesus spoke to this issue in the Sermon on the Mount when He said in Matthew
6:19-21, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and
rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 “But lay up for
yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where
thieves do not break in or steal; 21 for where your treasure is, there will your
heart be also.”
 

(See:
Where is Your Treasure?)

In other words, the purpose of our existence is beyond what is offered in
this world, which at best is only temporary. It is easy to get caught up in the
pursuit of what the world defines as success – wealth, fame, power and pleasure
– but all those things are fleeting. Solomon makes the point throughout
Ecclesiastes that pursuit of such things is vanity, an empty chasing after the
wind. If you gain wealth, others will do their best to take it from you and even
if you keep it to the end of your life, you will leave it behind, and who knows,
that may be to a fool that will squander it
(Ecclesiastes
2:18-19). If you gain fame, Solomon comments, “there is no lasting
remembrance of the wise man as with the fool, inasmuch as in the coming days all
will be forgotten”
(Ecclesiastes 2:16). If you gain
power, others will strive to take it from you and you will leave it to someone
else when you die. Pleasure is also fleeting and Solomon’s conclusion after
pursuit of every kind of pleasure was that it too was vanity

(Eccl. 2:10-11).

Jesus also went on to command that we are not to be anxious about the things
of this world – our lives, what we are to eat, drink and put on. Instead, we are
to “seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall
be added to you”
(Matthew 6:33). 

(See:
The Cure for Anxiety)


This is also what it means to pursue the “things above.” God does not want us to
be preoccupied with how to gain the stuff for daily life. He wants us to be
preoccupied with Him, and so His promise it to provide the daily stuff of life
if we will seek first His kingdom and righteousness. In other words, what we
pursue in life should be done in relationship to His kingdom and walking in His
righteousness. When man places his own needs and desires first, he is subject to
doing things by his own wisdom and power to gain what he wants. More often than
not, that will mean doing things contrary to the way God commands us to behave
and with little or no regard for its impact on the kingdom of God.

People compromise their own integrity in order to gain or keep a job or make
the sale. Government officials make decisions based on what will keep them in
power instead of what is actually best and right before God. Even professing
Christians often move from place to place with little thought as to the
spiritual environment of where they will be moving and the effect it will have
on them. Unless you are moving with a missionary mindset to either plant a
church or build up an existing one, you had better make sure there is a good
church where you plan to live so that you will have the help needed to continue
to grow in your walk with the Lord. Employment is pursued based on how much can
be made instead of how the Lord can use you there. Friends are pursued based on
being able to climb the social ladder instead of how God can use you in their
life.

Seeking the things above is to pursue the kingdom of God and His
righteousness. It is to set the goal of your life to live for God’s glory
instead of your own; to serve Him in building His kingdom instead of yourself in
building your own. It is having your treasure in heaven instead of pursuing the
things defined by this world as success.


Thinking on What is Above Colossians 3:2

In the next verse, Paul gives another command which is related to the first.
“Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.

If you set your goal in life to seek the things above, then you must also set
your mind on the things above and no longer have it set on the things of this
earth. The commandment in verse 1 in related to your volition. Set your will to
choose to search, investigate, strive, and pursue what is related to God’s
kingdom and righteousness. This command in verse 2 is related to the your
rationality. You must turn your mind away from dwelling on the things of this
world and have it dwell on the things of God.

This command is also in the present tense because it is something you have to
continually do since the enticements of your own desires, the temptations of the
world, and the attempts by our adversary to cause you to stumble are on going.
The two commands are tied together because it is by an act of your will that you
will choose what your mind will dwell upon. Your volition is to control the
direction of your thoughts and this is something that must be done continually.
However, the longer you do it the more it becomes your way of life and things of
this world become less enticing.

Those who set their minds on the things of this earth, either actively or
passively, are in great danger. In Romans 8:4-5 Paul warned that the mind set on
the flesh will live according to the flesh resulting in death, but the mind set
on the Spirit will living according to the Spirit resulting in life and peace.
The mind set on the flesh is hostile to God. The unbeliever whose mind is
blinded by the god of this age
(2 Corinthians 4:4) is in
danger of ending up with a depraved mind
(Romans 1:28)
unless they repent. The false teachers in Colossae promoted earthly solutions
arising from false spirituality and so failed to produce godliness. Paul also
gave a strong warning in Philippians 3:18-19 concerning professing believers
that had become apostate because they set their minds on earthly things. They
became enemies of the cross for their appetite became their god, their shame
became their glory, and destruction was their final end.

You should be aware from Romans 12:1-2 that the mind is extremely important
in the Christian life, for it is only as our minds are renewed – changed by God
into greater godly thought patterns – that we are able to resist the pressure of
the world and be transformed into living and holy sacrifices that demonstrate
the good, acceptable and perfect will of God. (See:
Having a
Renewed Mind
)

How is the mind renewed? Though the word of God and the Holy Spirit. This
begins at salvation with repentance and regeneration. Repentance is a change of
mind leading to a change of action. The Holy Spirit convicts you of your sin
(John 16:8) so that you change your mind regarding self,
sin and the savior. The Holy Spirit enables you to believe the truth so that you
then turn away from self-righteousness and sin to faith in the person and work
of Jesus Christ as the only means of forgiveness of sin and reconciliation with
God. The Holy Spirit cleanses you by regeneration and renews you

(Titus 3:5). He enlightens your understanding and teaches you as you
abide in Him
(1 John 2:27). Your part is to be diligent to
become able to handle accurately the word of truth
(2 Timothy
2:15), hiding its words in your heart so that you will not sin against
the Lord
(Psalm 119:11). Let the Scriptures do their work
of teaching, reproving, correcting and training you in righteousness
(2 Timothy 3:17). The Holy Spirit uses the Scriptures to
teach us about the nature, character and will of God while also convicting us to
turn from sin and enabling us to live in godliness.

Setting your mind on the things above is to cause your mind to dwell on God’s
word and its application in your life as directed by the Holy Spirit. As you set
your mind to dwell on those things that are true, honorable, just, pure, lovely,
of good report, virtuous and praiseworthy and practice them, you gain the
presence of God’s peace
(Philippians 4:8-9). As you seek
God’s kingdom and righteousness you will set your mind to dwell on God’s kingdom
and righteousness. The result will be a perception and understanding of your
purpose in life and what you should do that will be in accordance with all
godliness and bear its fruit. You will have the spiritual wisdom and discernment
to be walking in a manner worthy of the Lord and pleasing to Him in all respects
(Colossians 1:9-10). To be heavenly minded is to
understand the truths and values of heaven and put them into practice here on
earth. That is why it is necessary be heavenly minded to truly be of earthly
good. Consider that central to the blessing of the man described in Psalm 1 was
the fact that he delights in the law of the Lord and meditates on that law day
and night. He could continue to be fruitful even in difficult circumstances
which means he could also be a blessing to others instead of a liability.

Where do you let your mind dwell? The manner in which you are living your
life will reveal that. If you are having difficulty walking in holiness with the
Lord, then consider what you think about and what you believe is important in
life. If those change, then so will the manner of life.


A Life Hidden with Christ Colossians 3:3

In verse 3 Paul brings out again our position. “For you have died and your
life is hidden with Christ in God.”
Paul once again refers to the believer’s
identification with Jesus’ death. Here he puts it simply, “you died.”
Your old self was crucified with Him
(Romans 6:6). What
you were is dead, but Paul quickly points out that we now have a life that is
hidden with Christ in God. This is referring to the fact that we have been
resurrected with Christ to a new self that is alive to God. Part of that reality
is seen in the present in the change in our manner of life, but there is also a
part which is hidden in Christ. We have become partakers in the divine nature,
but the fullness of that is not seen in the present.

In a similar way to our righteousness, we have an actual spiritual position
before God which will not be ours fully until we receive our glorified bodies at
Christ’s return. At present, we stand fully righteous before God because we are
clothed with the righteousness of Jesus Himself. In the present, we do not live
in the fullness of actual righteousness for we are still living in unredeemed
flesh. In the future, our positional and practical righteousness will both be
actual when our Lord returns and our bodies are changed and we become like Him
(1 Corinthians 15:50-54; 1 John 3:2).

Admittedly, this is disappointing in the sense that we long for those
benefits now. Like Paul in Philippians 1:23 we desire to “depart and be with
Christ for that is very much better.”
We would prefer not to have to wait,
yet, we also recognize that this is God’s plan at present for the benefit of
both those who have not yet heard the gospel and in helping young believers to
mature. To remain on in unredeemed flesh is necessary for the sake of others. At
the same time, this spiritual position in Christ is also the very thing that
gives us the hope of that future redemption of our body for which we eagerly
wait
(Romans 8:23).

Another ramification of having our life hidden with Christ in God is that it
is safe with Him. Jesus loses none that the Father gives to Him

(John 6:37). No one is able to take any of Jesus’ sheep from out of the
Father’s hand
(John 10:29). Nothing can separate us from
the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord
(Romans
8:31-39).

Having our life hidden in Christ also means that others will not see the
fullness of it. That can cause some confusion and even some accusations against
us since the truths that guide us are not understood by the unbelieving, and our
living them out is not always as it should be. However, there is a time coming
when the fullness of the Christian life will be seen as Paul explains in verse
4.


Future Glory Colossians 3:4

When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed
with Him in glory.”
We will share in Christ’s future glory, for when He
appears, then we also will be revealed. We do not know all the details of what
that will be like except that we will be like Him for we shall see Him as He is
(1 John 3:2). This is a reference to Jesus’ second coming
since that is when He will appear in glory along with His saints who will then
be in their resurrection bodies. The word revealed or appear here (
fanerow
/ phaneroô) means to “make visible,” and Paul does not make time
reference about when this will occur. The only time reference is the opening
conjunction (
otan / hotan) which is translated
here as “when,” but has the indefinite sense in this verse of “whenever.” At
present Jesus is hidden from the physical sight of men, but at some point in the
future He will return in the same way in which He ascended
(Acts
1:11-13) and every eye will see Him
(Revelation 1:7).
What is currently hidden will be fully seen.

Paul interjects here that Christ is our life. But that is the point. Our old
self died with Him in the crucifixion and we were regenerated and made alive
with Him at His resurrection. Or as Paul said in Galatians 2:20, “I have been
crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me;
and the [life] which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God,
who loved me, and delivered Himself up for me.”
Because of this I am seeking
the things that are above and setting my mind on them. I eagerly await the
return of the Lord Jesus Christ from heaven
(Philippians 3:20)
when faith will be sight and what is hoping for will be reality. Because
of that hope I seek to live a pure life in the present
(2 Peter
3:4; 1 John 3:3) fulfilling the Lord’s commands in loving Him and my
neighbor. So it is that by being heavenly minded I please my Lord and am of some
earthly good too.

 

Conclusions

 

What do you seek in life? What do you set your mind on? What is your hope for
the future?

If your answer to those questions are not all bound up in the Lord Jesus
Christ, then do not be surprised at the lack of meaning, purpose and godliness
within it. It is time to repent and follow Him.

If they are, then you can expect to see your life changed and become
increasingly conformed to His image in the present even as you wait for our
Lord’s return and the fulness of His redemption. God will complete the work He
has started in you (Philippians 1:6).

KIDS CORNER

Parents, you are responsible to apply
God’s Word to your children’s lives. Here is some help.

Young Children – draw a
picture about something you hear during the sermon. Explain your picture(s) to
your parents at lunch. Older Children – Do one or more of the following:
1) Write down all the verses mentioned in the sermon and look them up later. 2)
Count how many times “things above” or “heaven” is mentioned. Talk with your
parents about how you can be properly heavenly minded.

THINK ABOUT IT!

Questions to consider in discussing
the sermon with others. How could someone be so “heavenly minded” that they were
no earthly good? What danger did the false teachers at Colossae present to true
Christians? How is Jesus Christ the key to godly living? What benefits do we
gain in having “died with Christ”? In what sense is the Christian “raised with
Christ”? What is “conversion” and why is it a radical concept? How does a
Christian continue to change after conversion? What does it mean to “seek the
things above”? How do we know this refers to heaven? What is the importance of
this being a present tense command? What danger is there to someone that does
not do this? In what sense can we seek heavenly things when we are still here on
earth? Why is the pursuit of the things the world defines as success – wealth,
fame, power, pleasure – ultimately vain? What does God promise He will do if we
seek Him & His righteousness first? How does that help us spiritually? What is
the relationship between volition (ability to choose) and reason (ability to
think)? What is the danger of having a mind set on the things on earth? How is
the result of having a renewed mind? What role does the Holy Spirit play in
renewing a believer’s mind? What part do the Scriptures play in renewing a
believer’s mind? In what sense is the believer’s life “hidden with Christ”? What
benefits does this bring? At what event will Jesus be revealed in glory along
with His followers? What do you seek in life? What have you set your mind upon?
What is your hope for the future?


Sermon Notes – 11/14/2010


Consequences of Life in Christ Colossians 3:1-4

 

Introduction

 

The vast majority of people are so _________ minded they
are no heavenly good – or earthly good either

Jesus is ___________ over creation, the church, philosophy
and religion

Sin is a problem of the mind and ____________ , not just
outward behavior

The key to godliness is ___________ – Paul refers to Him
five times in these four verses

Our identification is with ___________ death
(vs. 3), resurrection (vs. 1), life
(vs. 3 & 4) and glory (vs. 4).


Raised with Christ Colossians 3:1

    A first class conditional statement – assumes positive
affirmation – “___________ “

    Identification with Jesus’ death & _______________

    Death with Christ frees us from ______________ to sin,
Satan and the world – Romans 6

    As ___________ of righteousness – we apply 1 John 2:15; 1
Cor. 10:13; 2 Timothy 2:22 and James 4:7

    In _______ Jesus paid our sin debt to forgive us. In
______we are adopted into God’s family – John 1:12

    We are new _____________ in Christ – 2 Cor. 2:17. A
radical conversion

    Being raised with Christ we ___________in our purpose of
life, the way we think, our nature and destiny


Seeking What is Above Colossians 3:1

    This is a present tense command and therefore an
____________ quest.

    Seeking encompasses __________ searching, striving,
investigating and pursuing.

    Without a change of _________there will not be any growth
or evidence of a living faith – James 2:14-26

    This cannot be done passively, we must actively
___________ the things above

    These are ___________things because Jesus is seated there
at the right hand of the Father
(Hebrews 12:2)

    Matthew 6:19-21 – Where is the location of what you
treasure?

    Ecclesiastes – the pursuit of worldly success – wealth,
fame, power, pleasure – is fleeting __________

    Matthew 6:33 – God wants us preoccupied with ________, not
the things needed for daily existence

    Seek the things above – ____________ kingdom and
righteousness, laying up treasure in heaven.


Thinking on What is Above Colossians 3:2

    If you are seeking the things above, you must also set
your __________ on those things.

    You must _____________ be choosing the direction of your
thoughts

    Those with their minds set on earthly things are in great
__________- Rom. 8:4-5; 2 Cor. 4:4; Rom. 1:28

    Professing _______________ can also be in danger –
Colossians 2; Philippians 3:18-19

    Romans 12:1-2 Only as our minds are renewed are we able to
be _________________to live godly lives

    The mind is renewed through the word of God and the
_____________- John 16:8; Titus 3:5; 1 John 2:27

    Be diligent to learn, memorize and live by the
______________- 2 Tim. 2:15; Psalm 119:11; 2 Tim. 3:17

    Set your mind on God’s word and its _______________ to
your life as directed by the Holy Spirit

    A mind that understand the truths and values of
_____________and put them into practice here on earth

    The ________________ in which you live your life will
reveal what you let your mind dwell upon


A Life Hidden with Christ Colossians 3:3

    Your old self was crucified with Christ, but the new self
was resurrected with Christ to be ______to God

    The spiritual position we now have with God will not be
fully realized physically until the ______returns

    Full redemption now would be preferred, but God’s plan for
the present is a _______to others – Phil. 1:23

    Our spiritual position in Christ gives us ___________ for
the future redemption of our body

    Having our life hidden in Christ means it is ___________ –
John 6:37; John 10:29; Romans 8:31-39

    This hidden life causes confusion in the present, but it
will be ________________ at Christ’s return


Future Glory Colossians 3:4

    This occurs at Jesus’ ____________ coming – that is when
He returns in glory with His saints.

    At present, Jesus is hidden from the physical _______of
men, but all will see Him at His return – Rev. 1:7

    Christ is our _____________ – Galatians 2:20

    I seek the things above and set my mind on them while
_____________ for the return of my Lord.

    This future hope results in a present action of striving
to live a _________ life – 2 Peter 3:4; 1 John 3:3


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