Position of the Believer
Verse 1 – If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.
Verse 2 – Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.
Seeking and setting our minds on things above: Striving to put heaven’s priorities into daily practice. We should keep in mind that these things on earth are only temporary, not eternal.
Verse 3 – For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
When we became born-again, we died to sin and should have little desire for the things of this world. The Christian’s real home is where Christ is. This truth gives us a different perspective of our lives on earth. We should look at things with God’s perspective and see what He desires. If more Christians really believed this, it would wipe out depression altogether. The things we go through are only temporary. They will pass!
Verse 4 – When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.
Verse 5 – Therefore put to death your members which are on earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.
I always wondered why covetousness is associated with idolatry, so I’ll try to explain. When someone has a strong passionate desire to wrongfully desire to have what another has, without regard of their rights, then the passion that is put behind that desire is placed on the wrong object or person. All of our desire and passion should be going towards God and if it doesn’t, that’s when covetousness becomes an idol.
Be content with what God allows you to have and keep your focus on Christ and you won’t let the lust of the eyes take over.
Verse 6 – Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon sons of disobedience,
Verse 7 – in which you also once walked when you lived in them.
Paul is talking about the former way of life we all lived before we came to Christ. Those who don’t choose Christ will face the wrath of God.
Verse 8 – But now you must also put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth.
Let me explain something about “filthy language.” Someone that used to talk filthy before becoming a Christian, cannot any longer use this type of language. I know people will slip once in a while when they are a new believer, but they should try with every effort to “Stop it!”
Someone posted the question on Facebook one time, asking if someone that calls them-self a Christian can still cuss like a sailor? No they can’t. That is the old person and that behavior is to be put away. Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.
Verse 9 – Do not lie to one another since you have put off the old man with his deeds,
Verse 10 – and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him,
Verse 11 – where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all.
Our behavior, our attitudes, and our language, all change because Christ lives in every believer through the Holy Spirit. If you call yourself a true Christian, then act like it and sound like one, period!
Verse 12 – Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering;
Verse 13 – bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you must also do.
I’m going to say something that may shock some of you or you may totally agree. It gets harder and harder to just forgive and go on as if nothing has happened in this day and time. Why do you think that is? (I’m taking about Christians with other Christians) I think it is primarily because the Christian today, in many cases, is in name only and not in their actions and attitudes toward others. People seem to think its alright to not treat others the way they wish to be treated. People are selfish and self-centered. However, Paul made no exceptions to forgiving other Christians in these passages. Because we have been forgiven much, we are to forgive much. And like many others, I need help with that and it can only come through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Verse 14 – But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.
Verse 15 – And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.
Peace, not conflict, are to rule a Christian’s heart. A lot of times the only way to keep peace is to let another win the conflict. Wouldn’t it be nice if true born-again Christians would check “that old attitude” at the door? Self-centeredness, and out-of-control behavior, never has peace within.
Verse 16 – Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
And there lies the key in the first few words of this verse. If we, being a Christian, want peace with God and others, then know the word of Christ and then act like we know it.
Verse 17 – And whatever you do in word and deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
Doing all in the name of the Lord Jesus means bringing honor to Christ in every aspect and activity of daily living. As a Christian, we represent Christ at all times – wherever we go and whatever we say.
Verse 18 – Wives, submit to your own husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.
Verse 19 – Husbands, love your wives and do not be bitter toward them.
Verse 20 – Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing to the Lord.
Love is still the bases for these three verses. When someone loves their spouse, they will respect and submit to them. Be very careful how you treat your spouse, because you will answer to God one day.
Verse 21 – Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.
Continuously finding fault with a child will break their spirit and cause them to hate.
Verse 22 – Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh, not with eye-service, as men pleasers, but in sincerity heart, fearing God.
verse 23 – And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men,
We should do everything without complaining or resentment.
Verse 24 – knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance, for you serve the Lord Christ.
Have you ever lived or worked with someone who complained about everything, including the weather? I think it’s because they are ungrateful of what they do have. We should remember how unpleasant it is to be around that person when we start to complain. God hears it all and when a person does that, they are really complaining about God.
Verse 25 – But he who does wrong will be repaid for the wrong which he has done, and there is no partiality.
God does not discriminate when it comes to disciplining bad behavior. This verse goes back to “You reap what you sow.” If you constantly sow discord and strife, that will be what comes back on you. On the other hand, if you sow love, peace, and joy your life will bear much fruit, pleasing to God.