If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God
Off course we are Complete in Christ but we are have accomplished with Christ.
We are in His body inside of Him and protected. Yet he as the head of the body has forged ahead by accomplishing all the things that make a body complete.
And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:
Being in His body NOW we have all He already did,
We are circumcised, meaning more than cutting off that prepuce that the religious Jews were so adamant about. He shed His own flesh for us. He died. He sacrificed Himself for love!
In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:
All sin and fleshly desires were taken away in Him
But not only did our old nature die with Him but by the infilling of the holy spirit we are filled with the spiritual nature. We have eternal life in us!
Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.
In Gods economy we died when He died, we were buried when He was buried but most amazing we were risen from that grave with Him to eternal life. Death has no more hold on us. And how did he do this.
And what did we need to do? Only believe. Only say yes to Gods promise and agree it is true.
We were risen when He was and that is a fact. But it only benefits those who have heard this message and believe it by saying YES! It was the power of God that raised Jesus out of that grave.
Jesus was dead so who believed? Can an dead man believe? Jesus believed and trusted His Father so much that He laid down His life knowing God would never abandon or forsake Him!
I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.
For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
These were the word of David inspired by God and Jesus knew these promised well and believed them. HE knew there was Joy beyond the suffering because of the power of God to deliver Him from the grave.
God only allowed Jesus in the grave three days and no longer.
“Why? According to Jewish tradition, a person’s soul/spirit remained with his/her dead body for three days. After three days, the soul/spirit departed. If Jesus’ resurrection had occurred on the same day or even the next day, it would have been easier for His enemies to argue He had never truly died.”
Jesus was risen by His Father God and never forsaken
But see here it was only by Gods infinite power and Gods infinite faith in Him
through the faith of the operation of God
And so God raised Him the same we He raised us because He believes in us. It is Gods faith and Jesus’ faith that saved us no our own
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
We only have two choices. Believe Gods words or say I did it my way. My way is to believe Gods words.
And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,
Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,
This same amazing power of God that raised Jesus from death to the right hand of God also raised us up with Jesus for we are in His body!
“he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;” we have been given Eternal life with Him because we are in Him,
Ever sin and ever opinion against us was erased and nailed to the cross
We have triumphed over all death and things against us.
We were made alive with Him and in Him because He, Jesus had not limits of compassion or forgiveness to all who would listen to Him. All trespasses. Every slip, He caught us. Ever willful sin He forgave us. Nothing would separate us from the love of God if we just accept it. No any kind of trespass, and all means all.
And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
Ever single slip up was nailed to the cross and paid for!
So where else should we look for help?
If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
We are already seated with Him in the heavenly places waiting for our lives on earth to follow suit. We must keep seeking the things of the kingdom of God where we have a heavenly citizenship and unlimited rights. Because Christ has sat down all has been accomplished and we still must seek to see it.
We should desire, stive, and do all we can to see those thing which are above in the spiritual world. That meaning not being distracted by the pretty things in this temporary and failing world.
Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
We should agree with these promises just stated. We should see them and keep looking at them. Filling our minds with spiritual realities. Why?
Because we have died? Well if we are not dead we are dying. And that compared to eternal life is nothing at all. Yes we have died in Gods economy. We were nailed to the cross with Jesus. All our earthly desires are dead or dying. When you are born the clock starts ticking on this planet. You begin to grow and if it is only your physical body that you are concerned with, it is dying and decaying. If you live one hundred years and have the best life on earth, in comparison to what Eternal life is with a resurrected and heavenly body, it is nothing. So yes we in Gods perspective of Eternity are already dead. If we are trying to live without Christ. So we must live IN CHRIST
Col 3:3 NET
for you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
And this is where we are protected from everthing death or the devil can hurl at us. We are safe when we are in Christ who is so safe in the Father.
When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
We shall full see the glory when Christ returns to restore the heaven and earth. We shall fully see the greatness of Christ when He restore our bodied and removes all death and sickness from them. However we can still see the glory in part as we walk with Him today. The more He appears in you life, even now, in these broken vessels, the more we see the glory of Christ shine in this dark world. The more we manifest Christ in us the more He shall appear. And He promised he will return as He left in the final glory . Meanwhile we can concentrate and search His power today because we are the lights in this dying world.
That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;
The word “appear” φανερόω in Colossians 3 is the same idea here as “shine” φαίνω
φανερόω phaneroo “to make manifest or visible or known what has been hidden or unknown, to manifest, whether by words, or deeds, or in any other way”
φαίνω phaino (coming from light phos) meaning “to bring forth into the light, cause to shine, shed light”
And the same word used as when Christ will appear φανερόω phaneroo was used here
In this the love of God was made manifest (φανερόω phaneroo) among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.
It is often believed by Christians we are just here to wait until Christ returns. Yet we are called to change this world, We are the lights of the world. We have been called to manifest Christ to the world now. Granted a dying world. Most will not receive the light but some will.
The love of God was already manifested to among the believers and the more we manifest Christ the more the world can be changed. Of course we are never going to conquer all death until Jesus returns at the end, but we are called to build his Body know and manifest Him.
Christ is appearing now through His Body on earth and finally all darkness will be eliminated in the new heavens and earth
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