Raised to New Life
"Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand." (Colossians 3:1 NLT)
When Jesus went into the tomb, He went in there as one man. He was dead and seemingly so were our chances for redemption. Yet three days later, as this verse reveals, we were all raised back to life together. The Greek word used here for raised is, sunegeiró: to raise together (4891. Strong's Concordance). When Jesus went in, He went as one man. When He came out, He came up out of the tomb with all of us in Him. We were already in Him at that time of resurrection, raised together – sunegeiró – part of the New Creation, in power and with every amenity and force available to us that Jesus has right now!
We also learn that we are to “set our sights on the realities of heaven”. When we pray or look for perspective, we look into heaven. Our eyes go up instead of going horizontal. The word in the Greek is: anó: up, above (507. Strong’s Concordance). Because we are in Jesus and He is sitting at the right hand of God, we are there too. All of our answers are there. All of our prayers go straight there. That is where we operate and live so that is why we keep seeking the things above.
When Jesus fed the 5,000, He first told the disciples to feed them but they weren't able. They had just come back from a great triumph of doing mighty miracles, healing the sick and casting out demons when Jesus had sent them out to the villages. However, they didn’t have their eyes in the right place. So Jesus took over: “Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to his disciples to distribute to the people. He also divided the two fish among them all.” (Mark 6:42) Jesus looked to heaven, blessed the food and the miracle happened. What is most interesting is the Greek word for “look up” is anablepó: to look up, recover sight (308. Strong’s Concordance). It is not the same as the one used in Colossians 3. Anablepó means to “recover sight” and is used in other places when Jesus healed people of blindness. So here we have one place where Jesus had to step in and remove the blindness from the disciples’ eyes and show them how to “pray into heaven”. However, after Jesus died and rose again (with us IN HIM), there is no longer a need to use the word “anablepó”, because we are not blind. We now have the ability, the authority and the understanding to see into heaven. We are right there, IN HIM. We can ask Him for anything, which is the New Covenant way of prayer. Those are the “realities of heaven”. Set your sights there!
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