Friday, October 18, 2013

How Can You Not Set Your Eyes on Him?

"1If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 2Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. 3For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. 4When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory."

I used to think that I had to "look" at Jesus seated at the right hand of God.

I was often confused and very frustrated in my life.

Then when I learned the common sense principle about taking into account everything which Paul or anyone else had written in previous chapters before taking into consideration subsequent verses.

In Colossians Chapter one, we learn about the Supremacy of Christ, that everything was made by Him and through Him and for Him, and that everything is built up in Him and  on Him. This same Christ was given for us that we may be reconciled to God, that Christ may live in us and work in us, too!

Jesus is not on the outside somewhere, but He lives in us and through us and around us.

In Colossians Chapter 2, Paul affirms that Christ is all that we need, and all that can every justify or sustain us. Not following the rules and regulations of the world, not giving heed to the philosophies of men, but Christ and Him alone.

He has paid for all our sins, and through Him we have been redeemed and set free from the curse of the Law, which has been rendered inoperative against us. Why? Because Jesus paid the price for all our sins, past, present, and future.

We have received so great a gift, so great a standing, by His death and resurrection, which have placed us in Him, and He in us.

He is everywhere, He is everywhere for us, and He is everywhere working through us.

Now we come to Colossians through, where Paul invites us to set our affections on things above, not here on earth. Why would we be interested in anything down here, anway. John reminds us that the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, and the pride of life -- all are passing.

Jesus is everywhere, and everywhere He is for us. He is our confident certain of good in this life, as well.

How can we not set our eyes on Him?

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