CCXXIX. The Christian Life.

COL. iii. 2, 3, 4.
“Set your affections on things above, not on things on the earth.
For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also
appear with Him in glory.”

I. THE first thing that strikes us is the Christian’s death.
As Christ died to sin, he dies to sin; he bears about in
the body the dying of the Lord Jesus.
II. We pass upward from the truth of death to the truth
of life. Your life, the life that you have notwithstanding
that seeming death, is hid with Christ in God. It is hidden
in the sense of secrecy. It is concealed, partially deve-
loped. Especially is it hidden in the hour and article of
death. It is also hidden in the sense of security, kept
safely by the power of Christ.
III. We pass on to the Christian’s prospects. The
promise implies two things—first, enjoyment; and second,
manifestation.
IV. All this prepares us for the duty—”set your affec-
tions on things above.” Oh! how solemnly it comes with
all this exceeding weight of privilege to back it. It over-
rides gainsaying, it is emphatic, and to the Christian resist-
less.
W. Morley Punshon, D.D.

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