What This New Life Produces
Colossians 3:1-2, 5-7
March 2, 2008
INTRODUCTION: The last message from Col. 3 dealt with "What Produced This New Life," now we are seeking to know "What This New Life Produces." One major truth is for sure, the new life brings major life changes that have the potential of allowing each of us to make a significant difference in this life and the life to come. This passage is all about contrasts: "things which are above" and "things on the earth"; "you died" and "your life."
I. NEW ATTITUDE. 1-2
A. SEEKING ABOVE. 1
Isaiah 26:3, "You will keep him in perfect peace,
whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You."
"seek those things which are above" – diligent pursuit; preoccupation with the eternal realities that are ours in Christ is to be the pattern of the believer's life.
John 8:23, "And He said to them, 'You are from beneath; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world.'"
2 Corinthians 4:18, "while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal."
We are to view things, people, and events of this world through His eyes and with an eternal perspective.
EXAMPLE: Randy Alcorn, In Light of Eternity,
Alan Gotthardt, Eternity Portfolio
Matthew 6:33, " seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you."
It is to see to it that one's interest are centered in Christ, that one's attitudes, ambitions, and whole outlook on life are molded by Christ's relation to the believer, and that one's allegiance to Him takes precedence over all earthly allegiances.
You have heard some say, "He is so heavenly-minded, he is no earthly good," however, "if he is not heavenly-minded, he will never be any earthly good."
"Things above" are in contrast to the "below things," the legalistic, ascetic practice ...
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