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You are (already!) seated with Christ in the heavenly places

Monday Colossians 1:13-20 (NRSV)
[God] has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers—all things have been created through him and for him. He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross.

 

This astounding passage about the sovereignly of Jesus is worth memorizing. Paul says that Jesus – the image of our invisible God – has an intimate knowledge of creation. Everything was created through him and for him. At this moment, all things hold together in him.

If you ever get to a spot where you think “my life is falling apart,” it is good to remember that all things are held together in Christ. No matter what things look like temporarily, Jesus, who created life and called it into being, is holding it together.

What parts of your life do you need to let rest in this promise?

Tuesday Ephesians 1:4-7 (NRSV)
God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

Paul says in Ephesians that we are (already!) seated with Christ in the heavenly places.

How might you act differently if you were conscious all the time that you were seated with Christ in the heavenly places?

What parts of your life need to start adapting to the reality of your current status with God?

Wednesday Colossians 3:1a (NRSV)
If you have been raised with Christ, . . . .

Paul starts Colossians 3 with an astounding assumption that echoes what we read in Ephesians. Paul believes it is possible that you have been raised with Christ – not onto the cross, but into the heavenly places in this present age, here, now, before you die.

That is probably a much bigger picture of your status in life than you carry around most of the time. If you are seated with Christ in the heavenly places, why would you be bothered about anything trivial or temporary, like the things that you have worried about this week?

How will you live differently, knowing you have (already!) been raised with Christ into the heavenly places?

Thursday Colossians 3:1-3 (NRSV)
If you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth, for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

Paul says your life is hidden with Christ, so you are freed to seek heavenly things.

What would it mean for you to “seek the things that are above, where Christ is”?

How would you “set your mind on things that are above, not things that are on earth”?

Friday Colossians 3:4-10 (NRSV)
When Christ who is your life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory. Put to death, therefore, whatever in you is earthly: fornication, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed (which is idolatry). On account of these the wrath of God is coming on those who are disobedient. These are the ways you also once followed, when you were living that life. But now you must get rid of all such things—anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive language from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have stripped off the old self with its practices and have clothed yourselves with the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of its creator.

Although we are clothed with a new self, we can still live as if we had not been changed.

How easy is it for you to put away the old self and live in your new reality?

Saturday Colossians 3:10-17 (NRSV)
[You] have clothed yourselves with the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of its creator. In that renewal there is no longer Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all! As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.

Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful.

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

When you get dressed in the morning, Paul says you can clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, patience, and love. Paul says, “Whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

What are have you done this week because of Jesus?

What do you want to do next week because of Jesus?

What do you need help with?


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La Jolla Lutheran Church is a member of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ, a fast-growing association of churches that believe the Bible. Other LCMC churches in the San Diego area include Penasquitos Lutheran Church at 14484 Penasquitos Drive; and St. Timothy Lutheran Church at 2602 Reo Drive. Check the list of more than 800 congregations to find an LCMC church near you.

The Scripture quotations contained herein are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible (NRSV), copyright, 1989, by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S. A. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


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