To summarize our articles concerning a Positive Spiritual Attitude, we will review certain pertinent facts. In I Peter 2, we read that we are as stones built upon the chief corner stone, our Lord Jesus Christ and we are being built up as a spiritual house. Not only are we a spiritual house, we are a holy priesthood who offer up spiritual sacrifices that are acceptable to our God (vs 5). The text goes on to teach that we are “a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;” (vs 9). Our Lord Jesus is our great High Priest (Heb. 9:11-15) and now we are priest by virtue of our relationship to Him. Just as Aaron was made the high priest in Israel and his sons were made priest because of their relationship to their father, in the same manner, we who have been born again and born into the family of God, are now priest because of our relationship with the Lord. This is a good reason to be positive.
This relationship was made possible by the fact that we were chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world that we might be holy and without blame (Eph. 1:4). We have been seated in the heavenly places in Christ (Eph. 2:6). In Christ dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. The word dwells mean to be at home and permanently fixed, all that is God is fixed in our Lord Jesus Christ and we are complete in Him (Col. 2:9-10). This is true regardless of might be happening here on the earth, no matter what, we are in Christ and seated in the heavenly places. Another good reason to have a positive attitude.
Therefore, our vision is always up, we seek the things which are above, we set our minds on things above, not on things on the earth (Col. 3:1-4). The secret to our positive attitude is to be looking up into heaven where are Lord is seated, where our future is and where we are seen by God as in Christ Jesus our Lord. To look down, is to be defeated, frustrated and disappointed. “For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Phil. 3:20). When the affairs of this life turn bad and make an assault upon our well-being, we can turn away from such things and look up. When sin in its various disguises begin to tempt us to stray from that which is holy, we can declare in rebuke, that is not who we are, we are priests onto our God and we are holy. This is the essence of the Positive Spiritual Attitude and keep us from the slough of despond and other such calamities.
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