Colossians 3 : 1 - 4 ( NRSV )

So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.(1) Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth,(2) for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.(3) When Christ who is your life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory.(4)


     As in the first reading the text from Colossians announces God's victory over the power of death! The action of God brings  glorification" for all God's people. The resurrection of Jesus is THE event that makes a radical style of new life possible.
     Christians have died with Christ and have, "been raised up in His company" in their baptism (v.1). Although they share Christ's risen life - that risen life is hidden and incomplete. Only Christ's return will complete the transformation of the Christian's present unglorified or incomplete state. This tension is the key to Paul's ethics.
     In the present, disciples of the risen Christ keep their attention on the "higher things" in store for them (v.2). This hope sustains their Christian practice. The promise of a full share in Christ's risen life should encourage disciples to assume their Christian responsibilities to change the world.
     Already in the present time believers can participate in the resurrected life of Jesus. Their understanding and behaviour are based on God's victory, in Jesus, over death. Even if the faithful disciple already shares in the resurrection life, a final revelation of Christ's future glory still awaits. That revelation will also contain the glory for those who believe (v.4).
Colossians 3:1-4 By retaining the message of the gospel that the risen, living Christ is the source of their salvation, the Colossians will be free from false religious evaluations of the things of the world (vv.1-2). They have died to these; but one day when Christ... appears, they will live with Christ in the presence of God (vv.3-4).

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