So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience;Colossians 3:12(NASB)
What wonderful truths are shared about the believers position in Christ and our special relationship to our heavenly Father. We discover that at rebirth we not only died with Christ.. but we are raised up into newness of life in Him - and our new-life-in-Christ - our born-again nature, is positioned in Him.
Our old sin nature was severed at the cross and our new life in Him is hidden with Christ in God, to His praise and glory - and one day we will be glorified in Christ - for when Christ, Who is our life, shall appear, then we shall also appear with Him in glory.
What beautiful truths are shared about our new life in Christ, where we discover that we are all members of His body, united together in Him and have been born free from bondage to sin and the curse of the law - each one, with his own distinctive gifts and ministries.. but each looking to Jesus.. the Author and Finisher of our faith.
What a privilege to know that we are the elect of God and that our new nature is renewed day by day, according to the image of Him who created us - where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free but that Christ is all and in all - and so we are exhorted as those who have been chosen of God and position in Christ to be holy and beloved - set apart for His glory.
As the elect of God we are to be holy for He is holy.. we are to put on a heart of compassion and bring forth the spiritual fruit of kindness, and humility, gentleness and patience - and we are to bear with one another in love, forgiving each other with grace.. just as God in Christ has forgiven us.
Heavenly Father, how I praise and thank You that even though I was dead in trespasses and sins and at enmity with You, I have been called by You and chosen to be a child of God and a joint-heir with Christ. Thank You that I am washed in the blood of the Lamb.. by grace through faith in Him and have been made a new creation in Christ and eternally positioned in Him - to Your praise and glory. Thank You that I have been set apart for His glory and I pray that in Him I may put on a heart of compassion and kindness - humility, gentleness and patience, so that Christ is all is all in my life, AMEN.