Seek and Set Your Affections

Colossians 3:1-2–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.

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If you then be risen with Christ–We were once dead in trespasses and sin, but God has quickened us, given us spiritual life (Ephesians 2:1).  We therefore are raised from spiritual death by an act of God’s grace.

Seek those things which are above–Seek those things where Christ sits on the right hand of God.  These things are above all of the earthly, physical things.  These are heavenly, spiritual things. These are the important, superior things. These are the things that make for holiness and peace.  We are to seek after, look for, search for these things.  We are to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all our needs will be added to us (Mathew 6:33).

Set your affections on things above–We are not just to seek those things which are above, but we are to set our desires and the yearnings of our heart on things above.

“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Matthew 6:19-21).