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If is a Big Word…

February 26, 2013

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Colossians 3:1-2 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.

Greek εἰ (ei), A primary particle of conditionality; if, whether, that, etc.: – forasmuch as, if, that, ([al-]) though, whether. Often used in connection or composition with other particles, especially as in

Everything that comes after the word “if” is conditional upon this word.  How easily we can pass over this and make assumptions about ourselves.  “If” we leave out if, we then assume we are these things.  We are going to seek the things that are above; we are going to set our minds on the things of God and not on things of the earth.  Paul is laying down the condition of your heart in one very small, very simple word.

Do you pass this test?

Were you raised with Christ?  Do you seek the things which are above where Christ is seated?    This is a test of your faith.  What do you think about most often?  Where do your desires lie?

Do you desire to read God’s word?

Do you desire fellowship with other believers, more than you desire your college drinking buddies?

Do you desire holiness?

Do you desire to preach the gospel of peace with God through faith in Christ to a lost and dying world?

This indicates whether you seek things above…  Or do you worry about the things of this life?

Matthew 6:31-33 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For after these things the Gentiles seek.  For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.  But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

Don’t brush over this today, it may expose the condition of your heart and all of eternity hinges on that.

That makes if a big word

Kevin

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2 Comments
  1. “if” is indeed a very important word! This post reminds me of another passage in 1 Corinthians 15:1-2 where Apostle Paul says,

    “Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.”

    Thanks for pointing out the importance of each word in the Bible and how all of it is important, god-breathed truth that is able to equip Christ’s Church!

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