Living as Those Made Alive in Christ

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ,(A) set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.(B) Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.(C) For you died,(D) and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your[a] life,(E) appears,(F) then you also will appear with him in glory.(G)

Put to death,(H) therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature:(I) sexual immorality,(J) impurity, lust, evil desires and greed,(K) which is idolatry.(L) Because of these, the wrath of God(M) is coming.[b] You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived.(N) But now you must also rid yourselves(O) of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander,(P) and filthy language from your lips.(Q) Do not lie to each other,(R) since you have taken off your old self(S) with its practices 10 and have put on the new self,(T) which is being renewed(U) in knowledge in the image of its Creator.(V) 11 Here there is no Gentile or Jew,(W) circumcised or uncircumcised,(X) barbarian, Scythian, slave or free,(Y) but Christ is all,(Z) and is in all.

12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves(AA) with compassion, kindness, humility,(AB) gentleness and patience.(AC) 13 Bear with each other(AD) and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.(AE) 14 And over all these virtues put on love,(AF) which binds them all together in perfect unity.(AG)

15 Let the peace of Christ(AH) rule in your hearts, since as members of one body(AI) you were called to peace.(AJ) And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ(AK) dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom(AL) through psalms,(AM) hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.(AN) 17 And whatever you do,(AO) whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks(AP) to God the Father through him.

Instructions for Christian Households(AQ)

18 Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands,(AR) as is fitting in the Lord.

19 Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them.

20 Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.

21 Fathers,[c] do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.

22 Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to curry their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord. 23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance(AS) from the Lord as a reward.(AT) It is the Lord Christ you are serving. 25 Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for their wrongs, and there is no favoritism.(AU)

Masters, provide your slaves with what is right and fair,(AV) because you know that you also have a Master in heaven.

Further Instructions

Devote yourselves to prayer,(AW) being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door(AX) for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery(AY) of Christ, for which I am in chains.(AZ) Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Be wise(BA) in the way you act toward outsiders;(BB) make the most of every opportunity.(BC) Let your conversation be always full of grace,(BD) seasoned with salt,(BE) so that you may know how to answer everyone.(BF)

Final Greetings

Tychicus(BG) will tell you all the news about me. He is a dear brother, a faithful minister and fellow servant[d](BH) in the Lord. I am sending him to you for the express purpose that you may know about our[e] circumstances and that he may encourage your hearts.(BI) He is coming with Onesimus,(BJ) our faithful and dear brother, who is one of you.(BK) They will tell you everything that is happening here.

10 My fellow prisoner Aristarchus(BL) sends you his greetings, as does Mark,(BM) the cousin of Barnabas.(BN) (You have received instructions about him; if he comes to you, welcome him.) 11 Jesus, who is called Justus, also sends greetings. These are the only Jews[f] among my co-workers(BO) for the kingdom of God, and they have proved a comfort to me. 12 Epaphras,(BP) who is one of you(BQ) and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends greetings. He is always wrestling in prayer for you,(BR) that you may stand firm in all the will of God, mature(BS) and fully assured. 13 I vouch for him that he is working hard for you and for those at Laodicea(BT) and Hierapolis. 14 Our dear friend Luke,(BU) the doctor, and Demas(BV) send greetings. 15 Give my greetings to the brothers and sisters at Laodicea,(BW) and to Nympha and the church in her house.(BX)

16 After this letter has been read to you, see that it is also read(BY) in the church of the Laodiceans and that you in turn read the letter from Laodicea.

17 Tell Archippus:(BZ) “See to it that you complete the ministry you have received in the Lord.”(CA)

18 I, Paul, write this greeting in my own hand.(CB) Remember(CC) my chains.(CD) Grace be with you.(CE)

Footnotes

  1. Colossians 3:4 Some manuscripts our
  2. Colossians 3:6 Some early manuscripts coming on those who are disobedient
  3. Colossians 3:21 Or Parents
  4. Colossians 4:7 Or slave; also in verse 12
  5. Colossians 4:8 Some manuscripts that he may know about your
  6. Colossians 4:11 Greek only ones of the circumcision group

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