Scripture: Col. 3:1-2; Eph. 2:5-6; Heb. 4:12; 1 Cor. 2:14-15
I. “If therefore you were raised together with Christ, seek the things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God” (Col. 3:1):
A. In ascension Christ is the One who is sitting at the right hand of God (Heb. 1:3; 12:2; Rom. 8:34).
B. God not only saved us from the position of death, but He also seated us with Christ in the highest place in the universe (Eph. 2:5-6).
C. The things which are above are the things which are in the heavens, in contrast to the things which are on the earth (Col. 3:1-2).
D. In order to seek the things which are above, we must be where these things are; because we have one position with Christ in His ascension (Eph. 2:6), we can seek the things which are above.
E. According to the New Testament, the things which are above include Christ’s ascension, His enthronement, and His being made the Head, the Lord, and the Christ.
II. In order to seek the things which are above and to set our mind on them, we need to turn to our spirit and experience the dividing of the soul from the spirit (Heb. 4:12):
A. Only when we are in our spirit are we in heaven and mind the things which are above; when we are outside our spirit, we are earthly and mind the things which are on the earth (Col. 3:2).
B. We need to experience the dividing of the soul from the spirit (Heb. 4:12).
C. By experiencing the dividing of our soul from our spirit and by exercising our spirit, we can seek the things which are above and set our mind on them; then the riches of Christ’s heavenly ministry will be transmitted into us, and we will be transformed and constituted with Christ (Col. 3:1-2; Heb. 7:25-26; 8:1-2; Rom. 12:2; 2 Cor. 3:18; Col. 3:10-11).