THE SET MIND
I. RAISED TO LIFE IN JESUS CHRIST (v. 1a).
II. GIVE YOUR ALL TO SEEKING THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE ABOVE (v. 1b).
III. THE POSITION OF JESUS CHRIST (v. 1c).
IV. A SET AND REASONING MIND WILL BE ON WHAT IS IMPORTANT TO IT (v. 2).
V. BEING DEAD TO SELF, HIDDEN WITH JESUS CHRIST IN GOD (v. 3).
VI. THE APPEARING OF JESUS CHRIST AND BEING WITH HIM (v. 4).
We have looked at the first two chapters and the apostle Paul dealt with the problems of the Gnostics who were involved and committed to teaching error. Denying the Deity of Jesus Christ, and that Jesus Christ was/is God incarnate [in flesh]; teaching and believing that they were more knowledgeable than even the apostles who had spent time with Jesus, witnessed His resurrection, etc..
Paul has already instilled in the readers of this short and marvelous letter that Jesus is the supreme one; He is our sustenance; He is our sufficiency. There is no mystical message that we need to hear. The message of the Word spoken to us by the apostles and the prophets is the message for God’s people. There is no ritual or religious practice we need do to be right with God. It is solely by grace through faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross, His burial and His resurrection.
I. RAISED TO LIFE IN/WITH JESUS CHRIST (v. 1a).
A. Since we have died with Him we have also been resurrected with Him, “Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection (Rom. 6:3-5).
1. We were dead in trespasses and sin, “And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins…” (Eph. 2:1).
2. Before Jesus came in there was no way for us to acknowledge God, nor to be near Him.
B. There is no question as to the salvation of those to whom Paul is writing; it is clearly addressed to believers.
II. GIVING OUR ALL TO SEEK THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE ABOVE (v. 1b).
A. Jesus said, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33).
1. Why is it that some sports fans do not mind paying out a couple of hundred dollars for a three hour football game, but will complain when it comes time to give a little to support the cause of Christ?
2. Why is it that vacationers will spend a few hundred dollars, even thousands of dollars, to go away for fun and relaxation, but will not spend a little to take a trip and spend time and money for the cause of Jesus Christ?
B. The answer to these questions is, “Their heart is in the sports, the vacations, etc.”, and not in the things which are above. “Where your treasure is there will your heart be also.” (Matthew 6:21; Luke 12:34).
C. Think of the time spent in the ball games, the vacations; the dollars spent.
1. In 1991 there was 2 billion dollars spent on golf, and that same amount was spent on missions within all denominations.
2. Golf has increased in popularity since then I would guess that that dollar amount has quadrupled for golf; but has either decreased or increased very little for missions since that time.
III. NOTICE THE POSITION OF JESUS CHRIST (v. 1c).
A. He has been exalted to the right hand of the Father.
1. Where does Paul say that the believer is in relation to Christ?
a. With Christ.
b. Seated with Christ, “…And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus…” (Eph. 2:6).
2. Stephen the deacon/evangelist saw Jesus standing at the right hand of the Father (Acts 7:55ff).
B. He has been given all things of the Father.
1. All power.
2. All glory.
3. All things.
4. Rule with a rod of iron.
C. Jesus Christ our sufficiency for all things; why should we be seeking anywhere else than those things which are above?
IV. THE SET AND REASONING MIND WILL BE SET ON WHAT IS IMPORTANT TO IT (v. 2).
A. We are commanded in verse 1 to ‘seek those things which are above’, and then, told here to “Set your affection on things above…”.
1. This answers the Gnostics approach to the physical, antinomian practice of loose living.
2. When the heart and mind are set on the eternal things, then the earthly things for living and life will be right as well.
B. Paul is not commanding something that is not possible.
1. It is possible by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit within all who are born again.
2. Any one who does not have the Holy Spirit does not belong to God – that is; is not born again – “But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any one have not the Spirit of Christ, they are none of His” (Rom 8:9).
C. The things of earth are only temporary; the things above are eternal – So which is most valuable?
V. BEING DEAD TO SELF, HIDDEN WITH JESUS CHRIST IN GOD (v.3).
A. Some people have or get the mistaken idea that this life, salvation, eternity, glory, met needs, problems, sorrows, sickness, disease, and such is all about us.
1. It is not: it is about God, His power, His glory, His grace, His will.
2. Originally made to glorify God Adam fell short of God’s glory – He failed to glorify God, and passed that on to us.
B. Jesus died to restore that glory that was taken away because of disobedience and sin.
C. When we die to self we are “Hid with Christ in God”.
1. Since all sin has been judged by Jesus’s death on the cross, there is no sin that will condemn us.
2. Since Jesus died for our sins, we die with Him.
3. Since Jesus rose from the dead, we rise with Him.
4. Since we are hid with Him we are one with Him (1 Cor. 6:17), we are partakers of His divine nature (2 Peter 1:4), we have understanding (1 Cor. 2:14-16), and we are secure (1 Peter 1:4).
D. The greatest thing about what Jesus did is that we now walk in the glory of the Lord God who created us all.
E. There is certainly no need for the mystic teachings, the denials of the truths of Jesus and His identity as God in flesh for the true believer.
VI. THE APPEARING OF JESUS CHRIST AND WE ARE WITH HIM (v. 4).
A. He is our life.
1. Jesus gives all life
2. Jesus gives eternal life.
B. Who or what is the center of your universe – your life? What does your world revolve around?
1. If it is not Jesus, and those things which are above, then you are lost, and headed the wrong direction.
C. Jesus is coming again; will you be with Him at His appearing, or will you be against Him?
I. RISEN WITH CHRIST GLORIFY HIM.
II. GLORIFY HIM BY CLINGING TO THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE ABOVE.
III. REMEMBER YOUR POSITION IN RELATION TO CHRIST – WITH HIM.
IV. WHO, WHAT AND WHERE IS YOUR AFFECTIONS – YOUR HEART – IN RELATION TO JESUS CHRIST?
V. LIVING FOR SELF EQUALS DEATH – LIVING FOR CHRIST YOU ARE HIDDEN WITH HIM IN GOD.
VI. JESUS IS COMING AGAIN; WILL YOU BE WITH HIM, OR WILL YOU BE AGAINST HIM?
-Tim A. Blankenship