low things and high things

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low things and high things

Colossians 3:1-17 (JDV)

Colossians 3:1 So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the high things, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.

Colossians 3:2 Set your minds on high things, not on things of the land.

Colossians 3:3 You see, you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

Colossians 3:4 When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

Colossians 3:5 Therefore, consider dead your parts which are on the land: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desire, and greed, which is idolatry.

Colossians 3:6 Because of these, God’s wrath is coming,

Colossians 3:7 and you once walked in these things when you were living in them.

Colossians 3:8 But now, put away all these: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and filthy language from your mouth.

Colossians 3:9 Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old human with its practices

Colossians 3:10 and have put on the new self. You are being renewed in knowledge according to the image of your Creator.

Colossians 3:11 In Christ there is not Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, [1] Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all.

Colossians 3:12 Therefore, as God’s chosen ones, devoted and dearly cared about [2], put on compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience,

Colossians 3:13 bearing with one another and forgiving one another if anyone has a grievance against another. Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you are also to forgive.

Colossians 3:14 Above all, put on care, which is the perfect bond of unity.

Colossians 3:15 And let the peace of Christ, to which you were also invited [3] in one body, rule your hearts. And be thankful.

Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell richly among you, in all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another through psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.

Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do, in word or in achievement, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

low things and high things

Yesterday’s text warned us not to get caught up in human religious traditions that are actually unspiritual, temporary and without value. Today’s text speaks to those who would think that means Christians do not have to grow, because we already have everything we need in Christ.

Yes, we do have all the benefits of what Christ did for us. We need not go to the cross and die for our sins. Jesus did that.

But we need to work on the benefits of Christ in us. We need to seek the high things, which are the character traits of God and Christ fleshed out in our everyday lives.

Seeking the high things means putting to death the low things: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desire, greed, anger, wrath, malice, slander, filthy language, lies, ethnic pride, pride of social and economic status!

In their place, we need to seek the high things: equality, compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, bearing with one another, forgiving one another, care for one another, peace with one another, thankfulness, the word of God, the shared worship of God, the name of the Lord Jesus!

Lord, help us to die to the low things, and keep seeking the high things.

[1] βάρβαρος = barbarian (using unintelligible words) Acts 28:2, 4; Romans 1:14; 1 Corinthians 14:11; Colossians 3:11.
[2] ἀγαπάω = care.
[3] καλέω = invite.

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at marmsky@gmail.com -- !
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