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What is Your Heart/Mind Set on?
Colossians 3:1-4
Think a certain way
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Published April 22nd, 2021
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Given that we have been raised with Christ, Saints must set their minds on and seek the things above for they have died and shall be revealed with Christ when he appears in glory.
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b If then you have been raised with Christ, seek c the things that are above, where Christ is, d seated at the right hand of God.
Εἰ οὖν συνηγέρθητε τῷ Χριστῷ,
Therefore if you have been a raised up with Christ,
τὰ ἄνω ζητεῖτε,
keep seeking the things above,
οὗ ὁ Χριστός ἐστιν ἐν δεξιᾷ τοῦ θεοῦ καθήμενος•
where Christ is, b seated at the right hand of God.
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e Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.
τὰ ἄνω φρονεῖτε,
1 a Set your mind on the things above,
μὴ τὰ ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς.
not on the things that are on earth.
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For f you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
ἀπεθάνετε γὰρ
For you have a died
καὶ ἡ ζωὴ ὑμῶν κέκρυπται σὺν τῷ Χριστῷ ἐν τῷ θεῷ•
and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
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When Christ g who is your 1 life h appears, then you also will appear with him i in glory.
ὅταν ὁ Χριστὸς φανερωθῇ, ἡ ζωὴ ὑμῶν,
When Christ, a who is our life, is revealed,
τότε καὶ ὑμεῖς σὺν αὐτῷ φανερωθήσεσθε ἐν δόξῃ.
b then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.
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Εἰ οὖν συνηγέρθητε τῷ Χριστῷ,
Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ,
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τὰ ἄνω ζητεῖτε, οὗ ὁ Χριστός ἐστιν ἐν δεξιᾷ τοῦ θεοῦ καθήμενος•
keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
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τὰ ἄνω φρονεῖτε, μὴ τὰ ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς.
Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.
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ἀπεθάνετε γὰρ
For you have died
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καὶ ἡ ζωὴ ὑμῶν κέκρυπται σὺν τῷ Χριστῷ ἐν τῷ θεῷ•
and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
ὅταν ὁ Χριστὸς φανερωθῇ, ἡ ζωὴ ὑμῶν,
When Christ, who is our life, is revealed,
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τότε καὶ ὑμεῖς σὺν αὐτῷ φανερωθήσεσθε ἐν δόξῃ.
then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.
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Εἰ οὖν συνηγέρθητε τῷ Χριστῷ, τὰ ἄνω ζητεῖτε, οὗ ὁ Χριστός ἐστιν ἐν δεξιᾷ τοῦ θεοῦ καθήμενος•
τὰ ἄνω φρονεῖτε, μὴ τὰ ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς.
ἀπεθάνετε γὰρ καὶ ἡ ζωὴ ὑμῶν κέκρυπται σὺν τῷ Χριστῷ ἐν τῷ θεῷ•
ὅταν ὁ Χριστὸς φανερωθῇ, ἡ ζωὴ ὑμῶν, τότε καὶ ὑμεῖς σὺν αὐτῷ φανερωθήσεσθε ἐν δόξῃ.
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Commentary Notes The paragraph we are dealing with has been described as occupying an important pivotal position in the letter (cf. 2:6–7). It concludes the section where Paul attacks the ‘philosophy’ of the false teachers and provides the true alternative to the false teaching. The passage draws together themes previously mentioned (2:11–13, 20) and provides the theological basis for the words of encouragement that follow. Peter T. O’Brien, “Colossians,” in New Bible Commentary: 21st Century Edition, ed. D. A. Carson et al., 4th ed. (Leicester, England; Downers Grove, IL: Inter-Varsity Press, 1994), 1271–1272. The question of When and how the saints were raised is answered that the saints were raised with christ namely, at your conversion and baptism, Ro 6:4 Robert Jamieson, A. R. Fausset, and David Brown, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, vol. 2 (Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 1997), 379. in summarizing the section it has been said that, "Those who become Christians enter on a share in the risen life of Christ, and their own life must now take a different direction, and be ruled by their relation to their ascended Lord (1, 2)." T. W. Crafer, “Colossians and Philemon,” in A New Commentary on Holy Scripture: Including the Apocrypha, ed. Charles Gore, Henry Leighton Goudge, and Alfred Guillaume, vol. 3 (New York: The Macmillan Company, 1942), 564. Though the section begins with an "if", it seems to me that NIV is correct in translating it as "since". The problem however in rendering the conditional as "since" is that it keeps the reader from thinking (Decker). It is even interesting to notice also that the "then" immediately follows the "if" in Greek. it is thus clearer that we are dealing with a first-class condition. Paul is not doubting that the saints have been raised with Christ, as much as he is saying, on the basis of their having been raised., they should pursue a certain way of life. He proceeds after the condition, to give them two commands, with the second seeming more like a restatement of the first. He says for them to "seek" the things above and to set their minds on the things above, not on earthly things. The seeking most definitely happens with the heart. The ground for such seeking/setting is that the saints died and have their lives hidden with Christ in God. This fact should bring the saints to pursuing and thinking about (not the things of earth any longer) the things of above. There Christ is seated at the right hand of God and rules. He will come again and then the saints will appear with him. Paul is clearly calling the saints to a life that is not driven by anything here on earth, for they have died to such earth-based pursuits.
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Devotional Paul in this section is calling the attention of the saints away from a certain kind of life and focussing them on another kind of life. They have been raised with Christ and should thus think/seek/pursue mainly the things above. Christ is seated above at the right hand of God the father. The invitation/command is therefore that the saints have their minds set on the things of God. They should think about these things and not earthly things. The reason is that we have died to the things of earth (Col. 2:20). How can saints go on pursuing a way of life to which they have died? (Rom. 6:2). They must thus turn their attention away from such futile/earth-bound ways and look to the present dwelling of Christ. The Christians have not only died but their lives are now hidden with Christ in God. This seems to say that the saints' lives are where Christ is, in God. This phrase suggests to me also that there is a security undertone to it. we are kept safe in Christ and shall be revealed when Christ is revealed. Christ's life is glorious and so the saints will be revealed in glory. Again, Paul says that Christ is the life of the saints. This reminds me of Paul saying to the Philippians that for him to live is Christ. Paul seems to suggest that the saint must no longer live for himself but for Christ. Friends if you have been raised with Christ, seek the above things for you have died to the world and your life is hidden in christ to be revealed at his revelation. we have hope of a glorious life in Christ.
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