We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death(A) in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead(B) through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.(C)

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17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ,(A) the new creation(B) has come:[a] The old has gone, the new is here!(C)

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Footnotes

  1. 2 Corinthians 5:17 Or Christ, that person is a new creation.

But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law(A) so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code.(B)

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10 and have put on the new self,(A) which is being renewed(B) in knowledge in the image of its Creator.(C)

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22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off(A) your old self,(B) which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires;(C) 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds;(D) 24 and to put on(E) the new self,(F) created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.(G)

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21 and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you(A) also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience(B) toward God.[a] It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ,(C)

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  1. 1 Peter 3:21 Or but an appeal to God for a clear conscience

For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead,(A) he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him.(B)

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Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises,(A) so that through them you may participate in the divine nature,(B) having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.(C)

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge;(D) and to knowledge, self-control;(E) and to self-control, perseverance;(F) and to perseverance, godliness;(G) and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.(H) For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive(I) in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.(J) But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind,(K) forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.(L)

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For to be sure, he was crucified in weakness,(A) yet he lives by God’s power.(B) Likewise, we are weak(C) in him, yet by God’s power we will live with him(D) in our dealing with you.

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Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized(A) into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?

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Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.(A)

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15 Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything;(A) what counts is the new creation.(B) 16 Peace and mercy to all who follow this rule—to[a] the Israel of God.

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  1. Galatians 6:16 Or rule and to

Living for God

Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body,(A) arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the body is done with sin.(B) As a result, they do not live the rest of their earthly lives for evil human desires,(C) but rather for the will of God.

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14 By his power God raised the Lord from the dead,(A) and he will raise us also.(B)

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13 Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness,(A) not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy.(B) 14 Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ,(C) and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.[a](D)

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  1. Romans 13:14 In contexts like this, the Greek word for flesh (sarx) refers to the sinful state of human beings, often presented as a power in opposition to the Spirit.

11 And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead(A) is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies(B) because of[a] his Spirit who lives in you.

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  1. Romans 8:11 Some manuscripts bodies through

40 Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe,(A) you will see the glory of God?”(B)

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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.

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11 In him you were also circumcised(A) with a circumcision not performed by human hands. Your whole self ruled by the flesh[a](B) was put off when you were circumcised by[b] Christ, 12 having been buried with him in baptism,(C) in which you were also raised with him(D) through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead.(E)

13 When you were dead in your sins(F) and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you[c] alive(G) with Christ. He forgave us all our sins,(H)

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  1. Colossians 2:11 In contexts like this, the Greek word for flesh (sarx) refers to the sinful state of human beings, often presented as a power in opposition to the Spirit; also in verse 13.
  2. Colossians 2:11 Or put off in the circumcision of
  3. Colossians 2:13 Some manuscripts us

17 Join together in following my example,(A) brothers and sisters, and just as you have us as a model, keep your eyes on those who live as we do.(B) 18 For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears,(C) many live as enemies of the cross of Christ.(D)

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Instructions for Christian Living

17 So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer(A) live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking.(B)

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

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