“If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.”
-In view of the fact that we have been raised together with Christ, these truths are supposed to change our mental, behavioural & spiritual orientation that answer the questions; who are we? & where are we going? These truths should thus change our perspective in life as these verses disclose a sense of belonging through the tripartite discourse of Gods’ everlasting love for us in His sovereignty beyond time evidenced by the strategic repetition of the word ‘with’. The first ‘with’ in the scripture reveals that in the past as Christ died & resurrected; we were raised with Him. At present we are hidden with Christ in God & are seated with Him for we are His sons. Finally, in the future; we will appear with Him in glory. These truths give us hope for a better life ahead & a prosperous future; for we are sons of God & He loves us with an everlasting love. We are therefore called to set our minds on the things above; in the realities of Christs’ love for us & has given us a new identity as His sons. We therefore have the confidence to approach His throne of grace where there is fullness of mercy & grace; & we obtain help in time of need (Heb 4:16). Since we were raised with Christ; we should always desire to live for Him & in Him through love as we are destined. Further; apply faith & works for each one is called to view one another in the eyes that only reveal the image of God & action a difference in our personal lives, communities, neighbourhoods, churches, nation & the world at large.
O LORD our Lord, how excellent is Your name in all the earth. You have set Your glory above the heavens; everlasting is Your dominion. We humbly ask You Lord to have mercy on us & on the whole world. By Your tender mercies Father heal the wounds of all those who have been injured in the attacks & settle the hearts of those who have lost their loved ones. Protect us with Your hedge of fire & cover us by Your precious blood Jesus. Instruct Your angels Father to guard us from danger always & walk with us in all situations. You are our Protector & Shield, our great I AM, our Rock of salvation, our sure Foundation, our Father & our Friend, we thank You & praise Your name forever. Amen
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