Seeking Things Above

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Colossians 3:1-11

3 Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 [a]Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. 3 For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.

5 Therefore [b]consider the members of your earthly body as dead to [c]immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which [d]amounts to idolatry. 6 For it is because of these things that the wrath of God will come [e]upon the sons of disobedience, 7 and in them you also once walked, when you were living [f]in them. 8 But now you also, put them all aside: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech from your mouth. 9 [g]Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old [h]self with its evil practices, 10 and have put on the new self who is being [i]renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him— 11 a renewal in which there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, [j]barbarian, Scythian, slave and freeman, but Christ is all, and in all.

Discussion Questions

July 29th  ,2018


1. Explain to someone else what it means to “Set your mind on the things above, and not on the things of earth” in verse 2. What does it mean that “we have died” and that we will be “revealed with Him in glory” in verses 3-4? What other Scriptural evidence is there for this? See 1 Corinthians 15:50-58. How do we do this and not become “so heavenly minded we are of no earthly good?”

2. In verses 5-8 notice two lists of five items each. How do we “consider” ourselves dead to such things, and “put them aside?” Note Galatians 5:16-18.

3. How are we being “renewed to a true knowledge” of Christ by putting on “the new self” as directed in verse 10? See that the new self is focused on “the image of the One who created him” … who is this One?

4. Assume you are speaking with a non-Christian friend who believes Christianity is simply cultural for some people of the world … how does verse 11 help? If this verse is true, why do we see so many cultural distinctions in churches, that is some churches that cater to certain ethnic groups and have very little contact with other churches?