Vol. 1 - No. 12

November, 1982

"Seek Those Things Which Are Above"

by Dennis C. Abernathy

“If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth” (Colossians 3:1-2).

Really, Paul is saying, “Since then, you are risen with Christ, seek after heavenly things.” They were risen with Him, and chapter 2:12 states such had occurred when they were baptized. This also is in keeping with Romans 6:3-4. Quite naturally this “seeking of heavenly things” or “things which are above” involves our affections. If our affections or minds are set on things above, then we will seek after those things. If our affections or minds are set on things on the earth, then we will seek after the things on this earth. We are really what we love. If we love the Lord and heavenly things, we shall live a life in keeping with such love and affection. On the contrary, if we love the world, things on this earth, our life will manifest such a love and show of affection.

I fear that many have the idea that all that is involved in Christianity is the starting line. They have been baptized, but they continue to actively seek those things on the earth. Their lifestyle has not been changed. They have the idea that they can continue to walk and live in their old sinful life. Not so, my brethren! The Christian life is a race. There is the starting line and the finish line. From start to finish there is a life to live. That life to live involves mortifying (putting to death) the members which are upon the earth, which things you once walked and lived in, and which brings wrath from God, which is described as “putting off the old man with his deeds” (vs. 5-9). This “old man” with his deeds are exchanged for the “new man.” Hence, the old model is exchanged for a new one, one that is patterned or created of God, as the life is molded into His likeness through obedience to His gospel.

It is sad, but all too often true, that many members of the church want to put off the old man, but cling to his deeds. When people are guilty of, and uphold others who are in adultery, who are homosexuals, covetous, who use filthy language, lie, dance, dress immodestly, drink, etc., where are their affections set, and what are they seeking? When this is the case, one is still walking in sin, still is clothed with the old man and with his deeds, and still awaits the wrath of God because of his disobedience. It is a fact that worldliness is becoming less and less repulsive to more and more saints.