Lesson 7: Living Above (Colossians 3:1-7)
Knowing that all wisdom is in Christ (2:1-5), Paul urged the Colossian Christians [and us] to continue in Him (2:6-7), not being deceived by vain philosophies (2:8-10)…We are not to live under Jewish laws (2:11-17), for that would only rob us of our rewards (2:18-19). We have died with Christ and hence need not submit to legalistic rules (2:20-23). So, we as believers are to seek spiritual values, put off the sins of the old life, and put on the virtues of the new life. This in turn should affect our relationships with other members of our families and society. (Adapted from The Bible Knowledge Commentary New Testament, p. 679)
Day One Study
1. Read Colossians 2:12-3:7. Observe the use of progressive language. Notice any contrasts or comparisons, cause and effect.
2. Reread 3:1-7. Colossians 3:1 uses the phrase “raised with Christ.” Read Colossians 1:13; Romans 6:3-10 and 2 Corinthians 5:14-21. What is the meaning of “raised with Christ?”
3. According to Colossians 3:1, what is the position of Christ? See also Ephesians 1:20 and Acts 2:33a.
4. What is the significance of this position? For better understanding, read Hebrews 1:3; 7:23-8:1 and
5. According to Ephesians 2:4-10, what is the believer’s position in Christ? What is the believer’s purpose?
6. The Ryrie Study Bible notes say that Paul’s appeal in Colossians 3:1-2 is this: “Become in experience what you already ARE by God’s grace.” What practical steps does Paul give to facilitate this experience?
7. The mind is a crucial battlefield in achieving this experience. Why? Read the following verses to derive your answer:
· Matthew 16:23—
· Romans 7:22-23—
· Romans 8:5—
· Philippians 3:18-20—
Focus on the Meaning: “…from now on the Christian will see everything in the light and against the background of eternity. He will no longer live as if this world was all that mattered; he will see this world against the background of the larger world of eternity…He will, for instance, set giving above getting, serving above ruling, forgiving above avenging. The Christian will see things, not as they appear to men, but as they appear to God.” (Constable’s Notes on Colossians, p. 37)
8. Staying Healthy: Does “seeking things above” mean that I can’t live practically while on this earth? For help, read 1 Timothy 5:8; 6:17-19 and Ephesians 4:28. Think of a tough situation you have been facing or expect to face. How can you set your heart and mind on things above even in that situation?
Day Two Study
9. Read Colossians 3:1-7. In Colossians 3:3, Paul says, “You died.” What does this mean? (You can find this in other verses read for this week’s lesson.)
Focus on the Meaning: “‘Hidden’ implies both concealment and safety; both invisibility and security. [The believer] is not glorified, but he is secure and safe in Christ.” (The Bible Knowledge Commentary New Testament, p. 680)
10. Read Colossians 3:1-7. According to Colossians 3:5-6, the wrath of God will come for what reason? See also 2 Peter 4:18; Romans 1:18-19 and Ephesians 5:5-8.
11. According to Romans 5:9-10, how are believers affected by the wrath of God?
Scriptural Insight: Believers will never be condemned to hell (John 5:24; Rom. 8:1) nor will they be the objects of God’s coming Tribulation wrath (1 Thes. 1:10; 5:9). (The Bible Knowledge Commentary New Testament, p. 457)
12. Chart a list of things we are to separate ourselves from and list their beneficial counterpart. Look up 1 Peter 3:8-12; Ephesians 4:32; Romans 12:9-21 and any others you can think of!
13. Staying Healthy: How does knowing that when Christ is revealed, then we will be revealed with Him, help you seek the things above?
Jesus Christ is above all powers and authorities, in all believers, and is all we need for earth and heaven!!