“Just Think About It!”
- Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your
sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God's right hand. 2 Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. 3 For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 And when Christ, who
is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory.
1 Corinthians 5:17-Therefore, if anyone is in Christ,
he is a new creation; the old has gone and the new has come.
Ephesians 4:24- Put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness
- Ø We are new people when we accept Jesus into our hearts. (This does not mean we will be perfect, nor that we will change
all those old ways and habits overnight- it’s a process and a life long journey- one day at a time).
- Ø Everyone’s journey with
Jesus is different, don’t try to be like someone else, be yourself, and be what God is calling you to be.
- Ø We have a choice to rejoice
and a choice to do the right things and make the changes that God requires of us, then we will receive the blessings God has for us.
- Ø Seek
ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these “other things” will be given to you. (This does not mean you will get everything you want - everything we think we want is not always what’s best for us; God holds our future
and He knows what’s best for us, so we must learn to trust Him. Trust and faith comes from allowing His Word to saturate our heart, mind and soul; when we do this, we will see changes for good in our lives.
- Ø Set your sights and thoughts on Jesus and the eternal life that awaits us in Heaven. God has an appointed time for each one of us; the day He wants to take us home. God help us not question
You when You choose to take one of our loved one’s home earlier than we think they should go. When we learn to think on Heaven, we can also think on the fact we will soon see our loved ones again!
- Ø God’s word tells us in Philippians 4:8 “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely,
and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise”.
- Ø Beware of stinkin thinkin; you have to work hard at keeping
your mind on good thoughts all day long, it is our OLD sinful nature that wants us to think about worrying and negativism; we have a new nature now; we have Jesus.
- Ø We can look forward to seeing Jesus who sits at the right hand of God, when we get to Heaven and give Him all the glory for what He has done for us.
- Ø Think, think, think, think, ponder, ponder, trust, trust, trust, and move toward obedience of what the Word of God tells us=victory over sin and a life of blessing and peace.
- Ø When we accepted Jesus into our hearts, our old life passed away. Jesus forgave us of past, present and future sins; now you need to forgive yourself.
- Ø Question: What does this last verse really mean? 4. And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory.
Gills Expositor Commentary says this: The
dead bodies of the saints will then be raised and united to their souls, which he will bring with him, when he appears; and living saints shall be changed, and be caught up together with the raised ones, into the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air; and so
they all shall be with him together, wherever he is, whether in the air, or on earth, or in heaven, and while he is in either; and shall be forever with him, enjoy communion with him, be made like unto him, and behold his glory.
They shall "appear in glory" too; with a glory on their bodies, which will be raised in glory like unto the glorious body of Christ; and on their souls, being in perfect holiness,
having on the wedding garment, or robe of Christ's righteousness, being clothed upon with their house from heaven, and appearing in the shining robes of immortality, incorruption, and glory; having the glory of God upon them in soul and body, and such a glory
revealed in them, as the sufferings of this present life, and all the enjoyments of it, are not to be compared with. All which furnish out strong arguments and reasons, enforcing the above exhortations to seek for, and set the affections on things in heaven,
and not on earth.
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary
3:1-4 As Christians are freed from the ceremonial law, they must walk the more closely with God in gospel obedience. As heaven and earth are contrary
one to the other, both cannot be followed together; and affection to the one will weaken and abate affection to the other. Those that are born again are dead to sin, because its dominion is broken, its power gradually subdued by the operation of grace, and
it shall at length be extinguished by the perfection of glory. To be dead, then, means this, that those who have the Holy Spirit, mortifying within them the lusts of the flesh, are able to despise earthly things, and to desire those that are heavenly. Christ
is, at present, one whom we have not seen; but our comfort is, that our life is safe with him. The streams of this living water flow into the soul by the influences of the Holy Spirit, through faith. Christ lives in the believer by his Spirit, and the believer
lives to him in all he does. At the second coming of Christ, there will be a general assembling of all the redeemed; and those whose life is now hid with Christ, shall then appear with him in his glory.
Message Version: He Is Your Life
3 1-2 So if you’re serious about living this new
resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s
where the action is. See things from his perspective.
3-4 Your old life is dead. Your new life, which is your real life—even
though invisible to spectators—is with Christ in God. He is your life. When Christ (your real life, remember) shows up again on this earth, you’ll show up, too—the real you, the glorious you. Meanwhile, be content with
obscurity, like Christ.