In order to set your minds on things from above, it is necessary to resurrect with Christ. Otherwise, it is not possible to think about something, where you do not exist! You must first get there. And we get (transfer) there, through this action: “For ye died… (ye are dead)”
That is, first is the death for this world and the consequence – the resurrection with Christ in the Kingdom of Heaven.
Further, verse five:
“Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth: fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry.” (Colossians 3:5)
By abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that He might create in Himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross… (Ephesians 2:15)
Did God succeed in creating this “new man?” I don’t think any christian will dare to say: “no”! And the word “succeed” is inappropriate to the Almighty God. If the Almighty God created a “new man” in Christ, then what does this “new man” look like?
So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God… (Ephesians 2:19)
From this scripture (as well as many others) it becomes clear that the new man – is a member of the household of God. And he is a saint! This means that his dwelling is in the House of God:
And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus… (Ephesians 2:6)
And here the question arises: have we become a member of the household of God? Is each one of us (I mean christians) His New Creation, for which Christ gave His Life? Look around you: do you see these new people around you, in your community?
If this does not happen in our lives, then we do not believe that it is possible for God to do this! All such christians who have not become new (and this means: holy and righteous in Christ Jesus), in essence consider God to be a liar; They do not believe in His power and thereby reject the Lord who bought them (2 Peter 2:1)! Christ died for this very reason, greatly suffering on the cross, so that we could put away the former manner of life, the old man (“I was crucified with Christ” Galations 2:20), which was decaying in sin; and put on a new man, created according to God, in righteousness, holiness, and truth (Ephesians 4:22-24).
To put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. (Ephesians 4:22-24)
Seriously consider these words: “created after the likeness of God”! Will God create in Christ something that is not righteous, not holy and not in truth? If this is so, then I have remained an old man. If my fruits are not holiness, righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, then I have not become new! It is useless to repeat memorized Bible verses and to put on yourself something that did not happen in my life! This is only self-deception, which will end in death.
While there is still the day of “today” and grace extends to all people – do not pass the opportunity! Become truly a New Creation in Christ Jesus. God has already done this – “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; The old passed away, now all is new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)