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World English Bible
|See commentary, Rejoicing in the Face of Death, Colossians 1-4 | See Bible Dictionary|
He shows where we should seek Christ.
3:1 If then you were raised together with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated on the right hand of God.
3:2 Set your mind on the things that are above, not on the things that are on the earth.
3:3 For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
3:4 When Christ, our life, is revealed, then you will also be revealed with him in glory.
He exhorts to mortification;
3:5 Put to death therefore your members which are on the earth:
sexual immorality, uncleanness, depraved passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry;
3:6 for which thingsí sake the wrath of God comes on the children of disobedience.
3:7 You also once walked in those, when you lived in them;
3:8 but now you also put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and shameful speaking out of your mouth.
3:9 Donít lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old man with his doings,
to put off the old man, and put on Christ;
3:10 and have put on the new man, who is being renewed in knowledge after the image of his Creator,
3:11 where there canít be Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, bondservant, freeman; but Christ is all, and in all.
exhorting to charity, humility, and other several duties.
3:12 Put on therefore, as Godís chosen ones, holy and beloved, a heart of compassion, kindness, lowliness, humility, and perseverance;
3:13 bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, if any man has a complaint against any; even as Christ forgave you, so you also do.
3:14 Above all these things, walk in love, which is the bond of perfection.
3:15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.
3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; in all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your heart to the Lord.
3:17 Whatever you do, in word or in deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father, through him.
3:18 Wives, be in subjection to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.
3:19 Husbands, love your wives, and donít be bitter against them.
3:20 Children, obey your parents in all things, for this pleases the Lord.
3:21 Fathers, donít provoke your children, so that they wonít be discouraged.
3:22 Servants, obey in all things those who are your masters according to the flesh, not just when they are looking, as men pleasers, but in singleness of heart, fearing God.
3:23 And whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord, and not for men,
3:24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.
3:25 But he who does wrong will receive again for the wrong that he has done, and there is no partiality.