Set your mind on Jesus Christ

Posted: January 20, 2010 in encouragement and advice, prayer
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1 Therefore if you have been araised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, bseated at the right hand of God.

2   1aSet your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.

3   For you have adied and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

4   When Christ, awho is our life, is revealed, bthen you also will be revealed with Him in glory.

5 aTherefore 1consider bthe members of your earthly body as dead to 2cimmorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which 3amounts to idolatry.

6   For it is because of these things that athe wrath of God will come 1upon the sons of disobedience,

7   and ain them you also once walked, when you were living 1in them.

8   But now you also, aput them all aside: banger, wrath, malice, slander, and cabusive speech from your mouth.

9   1aDo not lie to one another, since you blaid aside the old 2self with its evil practices,

10   and have aput on the new self who is being 1brenewed to a true knowledge caccording to the image of the One who dcreated him—

11   a renewal in which athere is no distinction between Greek and Jew, bcircumcised and uncircumcised, cbarbarian, Scythian, dslave and freeman, but eChrist is all, and in all.

12 So, as those who have been achosen of God, holy and beloved, bput on a cheart of compassion, kindness, dhumility, gentleness and 1epatience;

13   abearing with one another, and bforgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; bjust as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.

14   Beyond all these things put on love, which is 1athe perfect bond of bunity.

15   Let athe peace of Christ 1rule in your hearts, to which 2indeed you were called in bone body; and 3be thankful.

16   Let athe word of 1Christ richly dwell within you, 2with all wisdom bteaching and admonishing 3one another cwith psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, dsinging 4with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

17  aWhatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, bgiving thanks through Him to God the Father. [1]

All this begins with seeking God first and by:

  • prayer
  • studying the Bible
  • repentance from sin
  • allowing the Word of God to consume our heart and our mind

If we seek God, then the Holy Spirit will work in us to reveal the fruits of the Spirit.


aCol 2:12

bPs 110:1; Mark 16:19

1Or Be intent on

aMatt 16:23; Phil 3:19, 20

aRom 6:2; 2 Cor 5:14; Col 2:20

aJohn 11:25; Gal 2:20

b1 Cor 1:7; Phil 3:21; 1 Pet 1:13; 1 John 2:28; 3:2

aRom 8:13

1Lit put to death the members which are upon the earth

bCol 2:11

2Lit fornication

cMark 7:21f; 1 Cor 6:9f, 18; 2 Cor 12:21; Gal 5:19f; Eph 4:19; 5:3, 5

3Lit is

aRom 1:18; Eph 5:6

1Two early mss do not contain upon the sons of disobedience

aEph 2:2

1Or among these

aEph 4:22

bEph 4:31

cEph 4:29

1Or Stop lying

aEph 4:25

bEph 4:22

2Gr anthropos

aEph 4:24

1Lit renovated

bRom 12:2; 2 Cor 4:16; Eph 4:23

cGen 1:26; Rom 8:29

dEph 2:10

aRom 10:12; 1 Cor 12:13; Gal 3:28

b1 Cor 7:19; Gal 5:6

cActs 28:2

dEph 6:8

eEph 1:23

aLuke 18:7

bEph 4:24

cLuke 1:78; Gal 5:22f; Phil 2:1

dEph 4:2; Phil 2:3

1I.e. forbearance toward others

e1 Cor 13:4; 2 Cor 6:6

aEph 4:2

bRom 15:7; Eph 4:32

1Lit the uniting bond of perfection

aEph 4:3

bJohn 17:23; Heb 6:1

aJohn 14:27

1Or act as arbiter

2Lit also

bEph 2:16

3Or show yourselves thankful

aRom 10:17; Eph 5:26; 1 Thess 1:8

1One early ms reads the Lord

2Or in

bCol 1:28

3Or on another, singing with psalms…

cEph 5:19

d1 Cor 14:15

4Or by; lit in His grace

a1 Cor 10:31

bEph 5:20; Col 3:15

[1]New American Standard Bible : 1995 update. 1995 (Col 3:1-17). LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.

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