by Jerry Branch

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Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus (1 of 6)
Jerry Branch
Colossians 3:1-4
October 17, 1999

"1 IF then you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.2 Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.3 For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.4 When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory." 1

"IF then you have been raised up with Christ. . ."

Who is this phrase talking about? Paul's talking about the Christian, isn't he? In actuality, a better translation of the Greek text would be rendered, "since then, you have been raised up with Christ."

That's because that IS exactly what happens in the life of the Believer; we have been RAISED UP with Christ.

You see, in way of explanation, the Greek verb that is used here is the word, "sunegeivrw". (2) It carries the meaning that the believer has been "co-raised" with Christ. And because of that, we could rightly translate this passage, like this... "since, as it were, you have been raised to life with Christ." (3)

But why is that so important? Well, very simply, it tells us a great truth about WHAT has been accomplished in your life and my life when we came to be saved. You see, if, we were not "co-raised" with Christ, then we're left powerless, we're sort of just on our own until we go home to be with the Lord, in other words, until we are actually bodily raised. BUT SINCE our being raised up with Christ is in fact 'faite accompli' then the believer at the VERY MOMENT of SALVATION has entered into the actual death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Scripture makes it perfectly clear that this is what has happened.

This is why we find that Paul writes to the Galatians in chapter 2:20, saying, "20 I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live b ...

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