God

What are “the things above”?

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. Janes 1:17

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. Ephesians 1:3

“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ , set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.

“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.”

So lets drill down to some basic truths about things above.

1. Christ is in God at his right hand.

2. Christ has blessed US with every (every) spiritual blessing.

3.We have died and spiritually we live in Christ above.

4. We have a new life down here on Earth and above.

Let’s look at another critically important word “above” in these passages. “SET” it means –“put, lay, or stand (something) in a specified place or position. Paul uses set in two different places, to set. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things and Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated- at the right hand of God. 

As followers of Christ our gaze should be fixed in a a special place–on Christ and God above as we live out our new lives as Christ’s disciples.

Blessings

There are more blessings than we can count. And who has every one? We do. Where are they? In Christ and God above. They are the things above.

compassion love patience kindness humility gentleness forgiveness salvation self control the indwelling of the Holy Spirit giving hope peace sanctification justice knowledge joy

And these blessings don’t even qualify as the tip of the iceberg

If we have them, how can we take advantage of them? We must appropriate each one of them from Christ as we need them or choose to minister or witness by using them. We set our hearts and minds on Christ in God above.

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