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III. Practicing Sound Doctrine (2:1–3:2)

Having given guidelines for ensuring that sound doctrine will be promoted, Paul turns his attention to the practice of sound doctrine within the community of faith. First, relationships are examined by age and gender classifications and then between slaves and masters (2:1-10). Reflecting on these relationships, Paul exclaims that God's purpose in Jesus was to redeem and purify people for himself (2:11-14). This is sound doctrine which is to be taught and practiced in a lifestyle of obedience, peace, and humility (2:15-3:2).