Col 3:1-21; Rom 1:28-31; 1Ti 6:3-5; 2Ti 3:6-9; 1TI 6:11-12; 1Co 15:9-10; 2Co 1:15-22.
PRCHR-49-160417 - length: 69:40 - taught on Apr, 17 2016
To be sanctified is to be ACTIVE.
Let’s discover more about how to USE those blessings.
We begin with Christ, seated at the right hand of the Father.
recognize how active Colossians 3 is!
See how often the Lord implores us to be active in our Christian life.
This means that we are to persevere in doing this.
It calls for effort.
We are to set our mind on Him, on the things above, first and foremost.
How do we do that?
The only way is to have the word of God dwelling richly in us.
We have no other choice but to spend time on the writings in the Bible that tell us things about Christ in heaven.
Writings like Romans 8. Ephesians. Colossians. Philippians. Hebrews.
This involves energy and purpose. Why?
Because as we are naturally, all we want to do is set our mind on earthly things.
Just because something happens about our mind doesn’t mean that no effort is involved!
There is tremendous conflict in the life of a Christian about where he or she will set her mind.
What is the thing about us that the Bible specifically calls out as “depraved”?
We formerly had a depraved mind. So we need to exert effort and focus and discipline to get our minds renewed!
We are to set our mind on Christ, on the things above, first and foremost.
But then notice the turn in verse 5.
Back to our earthly body.
Our walk pivots on considering something to be true about us …
Something that harkens back to Christ, and the cross, and what happened to us there.
Set your mind on Christ.
Then consider what He brings to your daily life.
This is ACTIVITY.
This is WORK.
This involves walking & running …away!
This is really and truly an INVASION!
An invasion led by the mind of the Spirit into territory formerly held by the mind of the flesh.
This is why the Christian life is said to sometimes be a battle. A fight.