Union with Christ in Christian Living
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Union with Christ in Christian Living

From Series: Basics 2010

Colossians 3:1-7  (ID: gs940)

Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 12:2, “I know a man in Christ…” Sinclair relates how he wondered for a time who was this man that Paul knew who was ‘in Christ’ and the joy which came after he finally understood Paul was speaking about himself! By far, Paul’s most favorite reference for the people of God, ‘in Christ’ is the most important description of the believer’s position before God. Often we are tempted to think of the gospel working itself out primarily in the horizontal dimension, yet Sinclair exhorts the pastor to reexamine the benefits of union with Christ.


Put On the New Self

1If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4When Christ who is your1 life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

5Put to death therefore what is earthly in you:2 sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6On account of these the wrath of God is coming.3 7In these you too once walked, when you were living in them.

Scripture taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Text provided by the Crossway Bibles Web Service.