January 8 – Daily Devotion – Colossians 3:1

Colossians 3:1

If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.

The opening words of the verse, “if ye then be risen with Christ” assume that the readers are those who have experienced the new life in Christ (or those who are born again). The word “if” is used logically, as a means of argument, and not as a means of doubt.

Representatively, all the elect of God died with Christ unto sin and resurrected with Him unto newness of life. Also, dying and rising with Christ is a spiritual reality that they experience. In the earlier chapter, Paul told the believers that “And you, being dead in your sins… hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses” (Col. 2:13). So those who are “risen with Christ” are no more dead in their sins, but they “are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead” (Col. 2:12b). Our faith in Christ, the joy of forgiveness, sanctification and all other spiritual realities we enjoy are evidences of the power of His resurrection that is at work in our lives (Cf. Eph. 1:19-20).

In our text, Paul speaks of the new spiritual pursuit of those who are risen with Christ for they will “seek” (zēteite) or strive earnestly for those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. The Phrase, “those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God” points us to all things with reference to Christ’s present exalted state.

Since He is interceding for us as our advocate at His Father’s side, we must seek His forgiveness and sanctification (Cf. 1 Jn. 2:1).

Since Christ reigns in heaven as the Head of the church, we must submit to His headship (Eph. 1:20-22; 5:23-24); we must give Him preeminence in all the affairs of our life (Col. 1:18); we must seek to be nourished up in the fullness He grants us as our Head (cf. Eph. 1:22-23; Col. 2:10,19); we must seek to grow unto the Head, even our Lord Jesus Christ (Eph. 4:15); and we must seek to be knitted together as His body (Col. 2:19).

Since He is preparing a place for us there in heaven, let us be ready for His coming and for the heaven and rewards He prepares for us (Jn. 14:1-3; Col. 3:24; Heb. 10:35).

His resurrection secures our salvation (Rom 8:34)

garden tomb“Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us”(v.34).

Paul here begins with a rhetorical question. It is also forensic or legal in nature – “Who is he that condemneth?”

The ultimate Judge who would condemn the sinners is Jesus Christ. God has appointed Christ to be the Judge (John 5:22, 27; Acts 17:31).

Is it not amazing that the judge has done everything to secure our deliverance? Firstly, He died to pay the ransom for our redemption. Then He rose again from the grave, and ascended to the right hand of God to intercede for us.

The Judge Himself secures our deliverance from all charges and condemnation! He that will condemn the world has become our Saviour and Advocate, thus any chance of us being condemned is absolutely eradicated.

If Christ is for us, He certainly will not condemn us. Far from condemning us, He is right now at the right hand of God interceding on our behalf.

Christ’s present place “at the right hand of God” is indicative of His honourable position of acceptance by God as His people’s intercessor. The apostle tells us that He “maketh intercession for us.” He represents us perfectly before God to secure our salvation. “Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them” (Hebrews 7:25).

Not only does the Spirit intercede for us (Rom 8:26) but the glorified Christ as well. We are safe in the blessed triune God.