Family Devotions in Colossians 3:1-4

To prepare for next Sunday’s morning message, take time with your family today to discuss Colossians 3:1-4. Read it through together—and even quote it if you can—and then use the following questions to study through the text.

Included with each question is either the answer or direction on finding an answer in italics.

  1. What does “then” in verse 1 indicate? That what follows is based upon all that has been previously stated.
  2. In what sense are “ye” “risen with Christ”? Not a literally sense, but a spiritually sense. See also 2:13 concerning being “dead in your sins”.
  3. If the “risen with Christ” condition is true, what then are believers commanded to do in Col. 3:1? To seek those things which are above.
  4. What is stated about that which is “above”? It is where Christ sits on the right hand of the God.
  5. In what specific way are we told to seek those things which are above? By setting our affections on things above, not on things on the earth.
  6. What might it look like to set our affections on things above? Get answers from class and then read the following passages and discuss: Matt. 6:20, 33; Luke 12:33; 2 Cor. 4:18; Rom. 8:4-6; Phil. 3:18-21.
  7. If a believer is “risen with Christ”, in what sense is he also “dead” (vs. 3)? Because of our union with Christ by faith (at salvation), we have died to sin; both its penalty and power can no longer dominate us (see also Romans 6:11 & 14).
  8. What does it mean to have your life “hid with Christ in God”? Dead to sin’s penalty and power, a believer’s life is actually Christ’s life! See also 2 Cor. 5:17
  9. Consider the statement: “Christ, who is our life”. What does this mean? More than just giving us eternal life, Jesus Himself is life. See Gal. 2:20 & Phil. 1:21
  10. What is the promise of vs. 4? That believers, in a “life-union” with Christ, will appear with Him at His return (the 2nd coming). Read Revelation 19:11-13, 15-16 – noting vs. 14.

End your discussion by completing this statement: Based on this passage, I will _________.

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