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Colossians 3:4 When Christ, Who is my life, appears, then i also will appear with Him in [the splendor of His] glory.

It is not so much that i live, as it is Christ that lives in me. He is my eternal life. It is in him, and given by him. To know him now is the beginning of life and its perfection from this point on will lie in the vision of Him, my communion with Him, and my conformity to Him.

“A beggar had been sitting by the side of the road for over 30 years.  One day a stranger walked by.  ‘Spare some change?’ mumbled the beggar mechanically holding out his baseball cap.  ‘I have nothing to give you,’ said the stranger.  Then he asked: ‘What’s that you’re sitting on?’ ‘Nothing,’ replied the beggar.  ‘Just an old box.  I have been sitting on it for as long as I can remember.’  ‘Ever looked inside?’ asked the stranger.   ‘No,’ said the beggar.  ‘What’s the point?  There’s nothing in there.’  ‘Have a look inside,’ insisted the stranger.  The beggar managed to pry open the lid.  With astonishment, disbelief and elation, he saw that the box was filled with gold.”  Eckhart Tolle

i have spent many day-to-day moments in the pursuit of fulfilment, like it’s my destination.  What will make me fulfilled?  These are not my personal feelings but ones that i have heard as i ask people are you fulfilled and if not what will fulfill you. Maybe I need a new car? I am unhappy in my relationship.  Maybe I need a new partner.  Mine doesn’t fulfill me anymore. I can’t find anything that fulfills me!!  What’s wrong with me?  Colossians 3 is telling me that i look to the outward world in search of the answer, when fulfillment only comes from within where Christ dwells.

To many days blaming.  So and so yelled at me and ruined my day. The kids are driving me crazy. The neighbor’s lawn is whatever.  How can people live like that and do this or that to me?

Colossians 3:4 is helping me to see that my being fulfilled while living in the chaotic world is only possible from the inside out.  How is it possible to focus inward instead of outward when i am bombarded all day with information through all of the different sources of media and information?  Be still and know! Stillness is not the source of fulfillment but it is the vehicle to find it.

Be “still” look deep within myself, for fulfillment.  Yes i may see that pain, unhappiness and discontent is attributed to some form of non-acceptance and/or resistance to what is actually happening.  Accepting and honoring the present moment, what is actually truth and allowing it to be, can give me a taste of inner freedom from outward conditions. If i work with the present moment, as if i had chosen it, my life would forever change for the better and maybe i would find that treasure, fulfillment which exist because i am raised with Christ.

As a disciple of Christ the “If” question being answered, i am freed from religious law, but i must walk all the more closely with God in truth and obedience. Heaven and earth are contrary to one another, they cannot be followed together and feeding one will take away from the other. As i am born again, i am dead to sin, because its dominion is broken, and it shall be extinguished by the perfection of His glory.

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“The scariest thought in the world is that someday I’ll wake up and realize I’ve been sleepwalking through my life: underappreciating the people I love, making the same hurtful mistakes over and over, a slave to neuroses, fear, and the habitual.” – George Saunders

i’m back to Colossians 3 now, with clear understanding, and a good starting place, for the things i need in my mind. The task is to not let those things become something i learned and then they slip away due to the next latest greatest word.

Colossians 3:3 (AMP) For [as far as this world is concerned] ed has died, and my [new, real] life is hidden with Christ in God.

Colossians 3:3 (MSG) ed’s old life is dead. ed’s new life, which is his real life—even though invisible to spectators—is with Christ in God. He is my life.

i made mention of the “Grace” factor last week, i think? Romans 6:1-7 What shall i say [to all this]? Am i to remain in sin in order that God’s grace (favor and mercy) may multiply and overflow? Certainly not! When i read this, it sounds like an absolutely ridiculous idea, yet some times it would appear as that’s exactly what i am doing.

How can i who died to sin live in it any longer? What a great question. How can i? The only explanation i came up with was that i was addicted to it, sin that is. BUT… as i continue in this study i am not sure that addiction is the proper answer?

The closing words of Romans 6:7 could have been startling if i weren’t somewhat prepared for it by studying Colossians 3. Am i ignorant of the fact that i who has been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? i was buried therefore with Him by the baptism into death, so that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious [power] of the Father, so i too might [habitually] live and behave in newness of life.

For “IF” i have become one with Him by sharing a death like His, i shall also be [one with Him in sharing] His resurrection [by a new life lived for God].

i know that my old (unrenewed) self was nailed to the cross with Him in order that [my] body [which is the instrument] of sin might be made ineffective and inactive for evil, that i might no longer be the slave of sin. For when ed died, he was freed (loosed, delivered) from [the power of] sin [among men]. Thus my dilemma. Nailed to a cross, made ineffective and inactive, no longer a slave or an addict of sin!

Eternal life is a jewel or treasure, which is stored up with Christ. It is safely deposited. It has security, and nothing can reach it or take it away. It is not left with me, or intrusted to my keeping – because if it were it might be lost, or it might be taken from me, or i might be defrauded of it, but it is now laid up far out of my sight, and far from the reach of all my enemies, and with one who can “keep that which i have committed to Him against that day;” 2 Timothy 1:12.

For i am dead – Dead to the world; dead to sin; dead to earthly pleasures. i know that’s what the word says but for me it seems like i’m not there yet, but i am in the process of a slow death. The idea of the apostle is, that as Christ became literally dead in the tomb, so i, in light of my connection with Him, have become dead to sin, to worldly influences, pleasures, and ambition. They are to have no more influence over me than the things of earth had over Him in the grave. Dead is dead, there is no partially dead… right? It feels to me like a slow death but… no word supporting that.

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things!

Whatsoever things are of good report – That is, whatever is truly reputable. There are still some actions which not all people but many people agree in supporting, and which in all ages and countries are regarded as virtues. Courtesy, kindness, respect for parents, purity between brothers and sisters, are among those virtues, and i as a disciple, must be a pattern and an example in them all. These are not virtues that are based on relevance, circumstances, but on the Word and the standards set by God. There is no wiggle room if i want to experience the fullness of them as God intended.

Good: morally excellent, virtuous, righteous

Report: an account or statement describing in detail an event, situation, or the like.

More detailed definition, James 4:11-12 ed, don’t bad-mouth each other, friends. It’s God’s Word, his Message, his Royal Rule, that takes a beating in that kind of talk. ed, you’re supposed to be honoring the Message, not writing graffiti all over it. God is in charge of deciding human destiny. Who do you think you are to meddle in the destiny of others?

Ephesians 4:29 describes what both types of reports looks like. ed, let no foul or polluting language, nor evil word nor unwholesome or worthless talk [ever] come out of your mouth – Bad report.

but only such [speech] as is good and beneficial to the spiritual progress of others, as is fitting to the need and the occasion, that it may be a blessing and give grace (God’s favor) to those who hear it. – Good report

There is to be a GREAT EXCHANGE!

Eph. 4:31 ed is to let all bitterness and indignation and wrath (passion, rage, bad temper) and resentment (anger, animosity) and quarreling (brawling, clamor, contention) and slander (evil-speaking, abusive or blasphemous language) be banished from himself, with all malice (spite, ill will, or baseness of any kind).

Eph. 4:32 ed is to become useful and helpful and kind to one another, tender-hearted (compassionate, understanding, loving-hearted), forgiving one another [readily and freely], as God in Christ forgave him.

Philippians 4:8 concludes, “If there be any virtue – If there is anything truly virtuous.”

Paul did not assume that he had given a full catalogue of all the virtues which he would have encouraged. He adds, that if there was anything else that had the nature of true, honest, just, pure, good report and virtue in it, i should be careful to cultivate that also.

In wrapping up Paul says, “And if there be any praise – Anything worthy of praise, or that ought to be praised.” Think on these things ed, let them be the object of your careful attention and study, so as to practice them. Think what they are; think on the obligation to observe them; think on the influence which they would have on the world around you.

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, honest, just, pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, (here’s that word “If again”) if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.

Whatsoever things are lovely – The word here means, what is dear to. It means what is amiable – of a mind that one can love it, or to be agreeable. As a disciple i should not be sour, crabby, or irritable in my temper, or display a look that is severe, stern or unkind, and exhibit a disposition to find fault with everything. If i put forth an unlovely temper, i will undo all the good that i attempt to do at other times.

What is lovely?  Is it the sparkling water in the evening while the sun seems to rest on the sea? Is it the mountains that seem to never end? While those seem to be Lovely, they don’t seem to be the real-life definition.

Lovely: exquisitely beautiful, having a beauty that appeals to the heart or mind, highly pleasing, of a great moral or spiritual beauty

i just remembered a verse that reaffirms the reason for my mind to be set and kept on these virtues. Because…. Proverbs 23:7, says “For as ed thinketh in his heart, so is he…” In Proverbs 4:23 i are commanded, “ed, keep your heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” And in Proverbs 23:19 “Hear thou, ed my son, and be wise, and guide thine heart in the way.” Looking on these “higher things” will guide my heart! i am what i think! Garbage in, garbage out.

There is a famous scene in he movie Peter Pan. Peter is in the children’s bedroom; they have seen him fly; and they wish to fly as well. They have tried it from the floor and they have tried it from the beds and the result is failure. “How do you do it?” John asked. And Peter answered: “You just think lovely, wonderful thoughts and they lift you up in the air.” The same is true for me as a disciple. The only way to defeat the evil thoughts is to begin to think of lovely thoughts and the weight of the world is lifted so that i can soar.

My answer to the question, “What is Lovely?” is simply this: Lovely is an experience i get when my eyes are open wide and my heart changes completely.

THINK ON THESE THINGS!!!

“Whatsoever things are true.” – “Whatsoever things are honest.” – “Whatsoever things are just.” – “Whatsoever things are pure.” – “Whatsoever things are lovely.”

All  the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action. – James  Russell Lowell

By reading the scriptures I am so renewed that all nature seems renewed around me and with me. The sky seems to be a pure, a cooler blue, the trees a deeper green. The whole world is charged with the glory of God and I feel fire and music under my feet. Thomas Merton

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are honest, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, (here’s that word “If again”) if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.

Whatsoever things are pure – in thought, in feeling, and in the conversation between the sexes.

Pure: free from anything of a different, inferior, or contaminating kind, free from foreign or inappropriate elements, clear, free from blemishes:

Free from foreign or inappropriate elements is exactly what Colossians 3:1 was saying! It’s the “IF.” A life raised with Christ is and must stay free from foreign or inappropriate elements., PURE! And there is grace… as misused as it is.

Rabbit Trail: God owes me nothing! i do not deserve grace. i am not even able to say that i am the cause of my relationship with God. The word states that “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” (Rom. 6:23) The Holy Spirit convicts me of my sin because it seperates. The obstical is sin. The offer of forgiveness is grace.

Back to pure. As a father came home from his work he saw his little girl who had been playing in the mud. He said to her, “My, you’re pretty dirty.”  She replied, “Yes, I know daddy, but I’m prettier clean.”

Cleanliness is next to what?  Godliness.  Where is that in the Bible?  It’s not.  It’s a nice thought but it’s not in scripture.

The Word says in Matthew 5:8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”  If i am pure in heart it will be the result of being near to God.  In 1 John 3:3 “Everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as he is pure.”

This story illustrates a better idea of being pure. The distinguished pastor of the Brick Presbyterian Church in New York, Dr. Maltbie Babcock was approached by a physician, a member of his congregation, who was concerned about his health.  Handing Dr. Babcock some theater tickets he said, “Take these.  You need the recreation of going to this play.”

His pastor looked at them.  Seeing they were tickets to a play of the kind he could not conscientiously attend, he said kindly, “Thank you, but I can’t take them.  I can’t go.”  “Why not?” the physician asked.

“Doctor, it’s this way.  You’re a physician; a surgeon, in fact. When you operate, you scrub your hands meticulously until you are very clean.  You wouldn’t dare operate with dirty hands.  I’m a servant of Christ.  I deal with precious human souls.  I wouldn’t dare to do my service with a dirty life.”

These virtues, true, honest, just, pure, are to be lived out through my entire life as Philippians 2:12 says, “Therefore, ed my dear friend, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling.”

i am sure i do not care for these words from A. W. Tozer, “The man that believes will obey; failure to obey is convincing proof that there is no true faith present.  To attempt the impossible God must give faith or there will be none, and He gives faith to the obedient heart only.”

George McDonald said, “I find the doing of the will of God leaves me no time for disputing about His plans.”

Last night on one of the shows i was watching there was a disagreement between on soldier and the government. After some time of argument the government man told the soldier, “You do not get to determine what is just that is the job of the government and we will tell you what is or is not just.

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are honest, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, (here’s that word “If again”) if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.

Justice is truth in action. – Benjamin Disraeli

Just: guided by truth, reason, justice, and fairness, done or made according to principle, equitable, proper, lawful, in keeping with truth or fact, true, correct, given or awarded rightly; deserved.

Done or made according to principle. The problem with that definition is that it does not say according to God’s principles and thus i can get a very skewed definition of justice. If i don’t know the principles… how am i going to “Act like it?”

Psalm 146:7 – 9 Who executes justice for the oppressed, Who gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets free the prisoners, the Lord opens the eyes of the blind, the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down, the Lord loves the [uncompromisingly] righteous (those upright in heart and in right standing with Him). The Lord protects and preserves the strangers and temporary residents, He upholds the fatherless and the widow and sets them upright, but the way of the wicked He makes crooked (turns upside down and brings to ruin).

Whatsoever things are just – my discipleship in Christ does not exempt me from the laws which hold me to exercising this virtue. There is no way by which i as a disciple can do more injury perhaps than by injustice and dishonesty in my dealings. It is good for me to remember that the people of the world, in estimating my character, apply more importance to the virtues of justice and honesty than they do to regularity in observing the ordinances of church or religion. Therefore if i as a disciple am to make an impression on others favorable to God, it is required that i be uncorrupted in my dealings.

As a child, Alice Gahana survived two concentration camps during the Holocaust… an amazing feat, indeed! Asked what she remembered most, she replied, “The empty windows.” German soldiers came to her little village when she was nine years old and told her family to come to the village square. “I walked that morning carrying my suitcase, down our cobble-stoned street—the street that I had walked all my life… But as I walked down the street, I noticed the windows were empty. No one came to the windows. My friends and neighbors knew what was happening… but… Nobody came to the windows to see what was happening to me.” To be left alone in this world is the most horrible of all plights. To feel as if no one cares about us, can be like hell itself! To be separated from any sort of love was even worse than the pain and torture of a concentration camp itself!!!

RABBIT TRAIL: Nothing about Alice’s experience were just, but what stood out to me were the empty windows. It made me question what i would do and i’d like to say that i’d do something, but how do i know until i am in that place unless it is engrained in me as Paul in Colossians 3 is trying to teach me. Relationships are everything and thus far each of these words of virtue that i am to set and keep my mind on are all about relationship, with God, myself and others.

There is little or no chance of my days of being guided by truth “if” i am of this world. Colossians 3:1 – But “If” then i have been raised with Christ [to a new life, thus sharing His resurrection from the dead], aim at and seek the [rich, eternal treasures] that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Things being done according to God principles can easily become skewed when based on a persons perspective of God’s truth. Lawful is now a relevant term based on men’s interpretation of the law. But for me these things are not be an excuse for my unjust behavior, for dishonest words and unloving actions.

In closing i ask for pray as i have just finished my first five hours of dental work done this morning. Thank You!

It  is a full-time job being honest one moment at a time, remembering to love, to  honor, to respect. It is a practice, a discipline, worthy of every  moment. – Jasmine  Guy

The things above, the rich treasures. Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are honest, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, (here’s that word “If again”) if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.

Whatsoever things are honest…

As it is with so many words, Honest in the Word does not mean exactly what the word “honest” does today, as applied to dealings or business transactions. In the word it includes what was regarded as worthy of reputation or honor, such as respect due to age and rank. It included what is right in the transaction of business, but it was much more. Ultimately it means that i am to show respect to all the proper customs of society, when they do not violate conscience or interfere with the law of God.

Honest: honorable in principles, intentions, and actions; upright and fair, gained or obtained fairly, sincere, frank, genuine or unadulterated.

1 Timothy 3:1-13 expounds on these thoughts. If anyone wants to provide leadership in the church, good! But there are preconditions: A leader must be well-thought-of, committed to his wife, cool and collected, accessible, and hospitable. He must know what he’s talking about, not be overfond of wine, not pushy but gentle, not thin-skinned, not money-hungry. He must handle his own affairs well, attentive to his own children and having their respect. For if someone is unable to handle his own affairs, how can he take care of God’s church? He must not be a new believer, lest the position go to his head and the Devil trip him up. Outsiders must think well of him, or else the Devil will figure out a way to lure him into his trap.

The same goes for those who want to be servants in the church: serious, not deceitful, not too free with the bottle, not in it for what they can get out of it. They must be reverent before the mystery of the faith, not using their position to try to run things. Let them prove themselves first. If they show they can do it, take them on. No exceptions are to be made for women—same qualifications: serious, dependable, not sharp-tongued, not overfond of wine. Servants in the church are to be committed to their spouses, attentive to their own children, and diligent in looking after their own affairs. Those who do this servant work will come to be highly respected, a real credit to this Jesus-faith.

Looking at things “high above, rich treasures” i feel like for me to live them is to go over the edge, go past normal and dive into abnormal. These are not the new ground rules but those of old. Honest today is said to be relevant, depending on the circumstances, will it offend someone, if so “stretch the truth” as it’s said or just be as honest as i can?

If i’m dishonest in my words or actions, i hurt not only myself but often others as well. If i lie, steal, cheat, or neglect to give the full amount of work for my pay, i lose my self-respect. i may find that i have damaged relationships with family members and friends and that people no longer trust me.

Being honest requires courage and sacrifice, especially when others try to persuade me to justify dishonest behavior. If i find myself in such a situation, i can remember that the peace that comes from being honest is more valuable than the momentary relief of following the crowd.

Whatsoever things are true, Whatsoever things are honest, meditate on these “rich treasures,” these things “high above.”

The Edge… there is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over. – Hunter S.  Thompson

i can bend it and twist it.. i can misuse and abuse it.. But even God cannot change the Truth.

Verse 2 – And set your minds and keep them set on what is above (the higher things), not on the things that are on the earth.

The higher things…  rich, eternal treasures.”  i assure you that walking around setting my mind on the words “rich, eternal treasures,” will not get what i think the author intended for me.

Philippians 4:8 lays out what the higher things, the rich, eternal treasurs look like. “Finally, ed, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, (here’s that word “If again”) if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate (set your mind and keep it set.) on these things.”

Not these posts but my application of the information within these posts lines up with Matthew 6: 20 “ed lay up for yourself treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal.”

The first rich, eternal treasure, the higher things is…

Whatsoever things are true – I like Paul believed there were certain things that were true, and pure, and good, in the world, which were commonly regarded as such by the people of the world, and his purpose was to show that such things are to be exhibited in my words and actions. Everything that is honest and just toward God and toward people is to be practiced by me, i am in all things to be an example of the highest kind of morality. It is not acceptable for me to exhibit partial virtues: not to perform one set of duties to the neglect others; not to be faithful in my duties to God, and to neglect my duties to people, not to be punctual in my spiritual practices, and neglectful of the laws of morality; but i am to do everything that can be seen as the highest of moral character.

John 14:16 says that my Father “gave me a Counselor to be with me forever – the Spirit of truth… [He] will teach me all things.” – Jesus Christ.

The consequence of this now, not by way of merit, but by way of grace, is the enjoyment of the rich treasures of eternal glory:

True: not false, real, genuine; authentic, sincere; not deceitful, firm in allegiance, faithful, steadfast, being or reflecting the essential or genuine character of something.

i am to be true, genuine to my promises; true. sincere in my statements; and true, faithful in my friendships. i am to maintain, be steadfast to the truth about God; about eternity; about the judgment; and about every man’s character. If i am a man who is false to my statements and promises, i will always disgrace God.

“ed, set your mind and keep it set on, whatsoever things are true.”

In the absense of truth, power is the only game in town.

“SO ACT LIKE IT” are the closing words of verse 1 in the message. Act like it’s your last opportunity, like it will pass by and never return. Act (the process of doing) like “it. One final word about if from 1 Samuel 16:14 and i recommend reading the chapter, but verse 14 illustrates to me the danger of rejecting the “If.” But the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord tormented and troubled him.

Before i have any time to think on what it looks like to “act on it” verse two gets right in my face.

Colossians 3:2, “ed, set your mind and keep it set on what is above (the higher things), not on the things that are on the earth.

The instructions are easy enough to read, but they are not just for reading, “act like it” is for me to do, thus the difficulty. Being in this world and not of it is where the constant rub comes into play and the one that will win is the one i feed the most. my words, my actions expose the huge influence the world has on me.
As if Colossians is not enough 2 Timothy 2:15 says, ed study and be eager and do your utmost to present yourself to God approved (tested by trial), a workman who has no cause to be ashamed, correctly analyzing and accurately dividing [rightly handling and skillfully teaching] the Word of Truth. ED! avoid all empty (vain, useless, idle) talk, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness.
“Correctly analyzing and accurately dividing” UNDERSTAND THE TIMES!
Question? “How do you eat an elephant?” “One bite at a time.” Question? How does ed eat this chapter? One word at a time. A journey not a destination.
Set: to put (something or someone) in a particular place, to place in a particular position or posture, to put or apply.
Your is self-explanatory.
Mind: the element, part, substance, or process that reasons, thinks, feels, wills, perceives, judges, etc..
It is for me to… that is… “If” i’m serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, to set to put in a particular place, position, or  posture, my process that reasons, thinks, feels, wills, and perceives.  This is saying that i am to have the mind of Christ. AND… it does not stop there.
Keep: to hold or retain in one’s possession, to maintain (some action), especially in accordance with specific requirements.
It’s not enough to just set my mind. i must keep, maintain (some action), especially in accordance with specific requirements . The (some action) is to “Set my mind and keep, hold, retain in my possession.”
There is power in the process to the promise. The process begins with “If.”  If i am serious. Serious about what? About “living this new resurrection life with Christ.” The process gets broken down into bite size pieces as i am to keep, maintain (some action), especially in accordance with specific requirements.
“ed set your mind and keep, hold, retain in your possession.” Philippians 2:5, “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.”
“ed put into a specific place, into your mind, will and emotions and hang on to this place as though your life depends on it, because it does.
 So i am pretty sure i know plenty about the things of the earth but i don’t want to spend a lot of time on the negatives. i do want to spend sufficient time on the positives which are the higher things.

Colossians 3:1 – If then you have been raised with Christ [to a new life, thus sharing His resurrection from the dead], aim at and seek the [rich, eternal treasures] that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.

“IF” then… what? “If” then i have been raised with Christ. ed having been raised with Christ. If i have been raised with Christ then i have a new life, a life different from the old one, a life defined by sharing in His resurrection. That does not mean that i will have arrived, but it does say that there will be some immediate changes and lot’s of ongoing changes.

Raised: Lift or move to a higher position or level. Dictionary.com defines raised as, made light by the use of yeast or other ferment. It’s interesting to consider this definition. i am made light with Christ. He is the other ferment or i should say the only ferment in this case.

“If” then i have been lifted or moved to a higher position or level with Christ

His resurrection from the dead means i share in that resurrection from my dead place. Should i not accept the “If” i am dead and there is no new life. There would be no shared resurrection for me and i would remain dead. There would be no lifting up or moving to a higher position or level. Anotherwards dead!

i defined “If” yesterday, so i am just recalling what it looks like.

In case that i have been raised with Christ [to a new life, thus sharing His resurrection from the dead],

Granting or supposing that i have been raised with Christ [to a new life, thus sharing His resurrection from the dead],

On condition that i have been raised with Christ [to a new life, thus sharing His resurrection from the dead],

The message puts verse 1 into simple and easy to understand terms. “So ed, if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it.”

If—” is a poem written in 1895 by British Nobel laureate Rudyard Kipling. i share it because i think, based on the words he wrote, that he understood the importance and impact of this tiny little two letter word.

If you can keep your head when all about you, Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too:
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated don’t give way to hating, And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master; If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster, And treat those two impostors just the same:
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken, Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken, And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings, And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings, And never breathe a word about your loss:
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew, To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you, Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you, If all men count with you, but none too much:
If you can fill the unforgiving minute, With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it, And—which is more—you’ll be a man, my son!