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God the Father raised Christ from death, but not only from death. He also raised Christ to the highest place in heaven, at his own right side (Philippians 2:8-11; Hebrews 1:3).
Christians are the people who have benefited from Christ’s death. God forgives them because Christ died for them (Romans 5:6-8). However, that must not be the end of their experiences with Christ. Rather, it is only the beginning of their new life with him. Even as God raised Christ, so God has raised them to begin that new life with Christ.
Before they became Christians, their attention was upon the things in this world. They thought much about their ambitions and desires, their emotions and feelings, and their fear, strain and pain. So, it was thoughts about this present world, and their lives in it, that usually filled their minds.
Even after people have become Christians, they often continue to think in the same way. They then believe, of course, that God has provided a wonderful home for them in heaven (John 14:1-6). However, they act, perhaps, as if the things in this world still matter much more to them. Sometimes they even care more about themselves and their present lives, than about their relationship with God.
So Christians must remember that their relationship with God is much more important than anything in this world. Their lives here on earth are short; their future life with Christ will never end (John 11:25-26). They live as strangers in this world (Hebrews 11:13), but they are citizens of heaven (Hebrews 11:16).
Next part: Be constantly aware of God and of heaven (Colossians 3:2)
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