The Life of the New Man
1So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.3:1 Heb 10:12
2Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.3:2 Php 3:19
3For you died,3:3 Rm 6:8 and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
4When Christ, who is your3:4 Other mss read our life, appears,3:4 2Co 4:11; 1Jn 1:2; 2:28 then you also will appear with him in glory.3:4 Lk 9:32; Jn 17:24; 2Co 3:18; 2Pt 3:18
5Therefore, put to death what belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity,3:5 1Th 4:3,7 lust,3:5 Rm 1:26; 1Th 4:5 evil desire, and greed,3:5 Eph 5:3 which is idolatry.3:5 1Co 10:14; Gl 5:20; 1Pt 4:3
6Because of these, God’s wrath3:6 Jms 1:19; Rv 6:16 is coming upon the disobedient,3:6 Other mss omit upon the disobedient
7and you once walked in these things when you were living3:7 Lk 15:13; Rm 6:2 in them.
8But now, put away3:8 Rm 13:12 all the following: anger,3:8 Jms 1:19 wrath,3:8 Rv 14:19 malice,3:8 1Co 14:20 slander,3:8 Jn 10:33; Rv 13:6 and filthy language from your mouth.3:8 Eph 4:22–31
9Do not lie3:9 Lv 19:11; 1Tm 2:7 to one another, since you have put off3:9 Col 2:15 the old self3:9 Eph 4:22 with its practices
10and have put on3:10 Pr 31:25 the new self. You are being renewed in knowledge according to the image of your3:10 Lit his Creator.3:10 Mk 13:19; Jn 1:3; Rv 3:14
11In Christ there is not Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all.3:11 Eph 1:23
The Christian Life
12Therefore, as God’s chosen ones, holy and dearly loved,3:12 Jn 3:16; 2Th 2:13; Rv 12:11 put on compassion, kindness,3:12 2Co 6:6 humility,3:12 Ac 20:19; Eph 4:2; Php 2:3; Col 2:18,23; 1Pt 5:5 gentleness,3:12 Jms 3:13 and patience,3:12 2Tm 3:10
13bearing with one another and forgiving one another if anyone has a grievance against another. Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you are also to forgive.3:13 2Co 2:7,10; 12:13; Eph 4:32
14Above all, put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.
15And let the peace of Christ, to which you were also called3:15 Jn 14:27; 1Co 7:15; Php 4:7 in one body, rule your hearts. And be thankful.
16Let the word of Christ dwell richly among you, in all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another through psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs,3:16 Or and songs prompted by the Spirit singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.
17And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name3:17 Jn 14:13; Php 2:10 of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Christ in Your Home
18Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.3:18–4:1 Eph 5:22–6:9
19Husbands,3:19 1Pt 3:1 love your wives3:19 Eph 5:25; 1Pt 3:1 and don’t be bitter3:19 Rv 8:11; 10:9–10 toward them.
20Children,3:20 Gn 3:16; Lv 10:14; Dt 31:12; Ps 37:25; Pr 20:7; Lk 1:7; Ac 2:39; Heb 2:13 obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.
21Fathers,3:21 Ps 103:13; Eph 6:4; Heb 11:23 do not exasperate3:21 2Co 9:2 your children, so that they won’t become discouraged.
22Slaves, obey your human3:22 Rm 1:3; 4:1; 8:4–5,12–13; 9:3,5; 1Co 1:26; 10:18; 2Co 1:17; 5:16; 10:2–3; 11:18; Gl 4:23,29; Eph 6:5 masters in everything. Don’t work only while being watched, as people-pleasers, but work wholeheartedly, fearing the Lord.3:22 Pr 1:7; Rv 14:7
23Whatever you do, do it from the heart, as something done for the Lord and not for people,3:23 Eph 6:7
24knowing that you will receive the reward of an inheritance from the Lord. You serve the Lord Christ.
25For the wrongdoer3:25 Rv 2:11 will be paid back for whatever wrong he has done, and there is no favoritism.