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CHRISTIAN EXPERIENCE

Concerning Christian Experience in Colossians Ch. 3.

I wonder if we could share together the blessings, challenges, and doctrines that we have benefited from in this very practical chapter.

Here are some of the themes of this chapter I have discovered.
New life in Christ v 1a 3
The present position of Christ v 1c
Right affections v 1b 2
Eternal hope and security v 3b 4
Sanctification v 5 8 9 10
Reasons for God’s wrath on disobedient v6
Our past life v 7
Conflict and difference between old and new man v 8-11
Our oneness in Christ v 11
Christian growth and graces v 12-14
Forgiveness of Christ our example v 13
Place of Peace in our Hearts, and the Body of Christ. v 15
Thankfulness v 15 c 17b
The roll of God’s Word in our lives v 16
Duty of admonishing one another v 16b
Christ centred living v17
Family responsibilities v 18-21
Work place responsibilities v 22 23
Our over ruling motivation v23
Christian rewards v 24
God’s fair recompense v 25
God’s even handedness v 25c

Let me kick off by saying that the aspects of Christian sanctification and duties of the believers in this chapter have been most challenging. They measure our real Christian growth in putting away sin and living in a way that glorifies Christ. They are what the world judges us by; they watch and take note of our actions and interactions, they judge the Saviour by His disciples, and we, who claim Him as ours, are His ambassadors. How effective are we?
Secondly, a great blessing and comfort to me is the fact that Christ is on the right hand of God and my life is hid with Christ in God. When He appears, I shall appear with Him in glory. He shall complete that good work that he has started in me, praise His Name for He is the Author and Finisher of our faith.

This evening I have been meditating on the 1st verse of Col ch. 3 again and the first phrase in particular. ‘If then you were raised with Christ’ The little word ‘If’ here has great consequence for all of us. We are either ‘Raised with Christ’ or we are not. There is no third position. The Lord Jesus Christ came into this world and lived a perfect sinless life and died a sacrificial death to put away the sins of His people. He was raised from the dead and sin, death and hell has no dominion over Him. To be ‘Risen with Christ’ means that we have been ‘Crucified with Him’, ‘Buried with Him’, and as he was raised from the dead, we have been quickened together with him to newness of life. We are reconciled to God, We have peace with Him, sin and death no longer has power over us and we can truly say with Paul:-
I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. Gal. 2 v 20
For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. Phil. 1 v 21
IF this is true of us, then we will set are affections on things which are above and not on the things of the earth.© Jeff Maxwell 2010

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