Dead or Alive?

Posted: March 18, 2013 in Colossians 3
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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. 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!

  1. meandiam says:

    HOLD ON ED! The best is YET to come! He is risen indeed! We are seated with Him in heavenly places!!!

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