Put Off the Old, Put On the New
1Therefore, if you have been raised up with Messiah, keep seeking the things above—where Messiah is, sitting at the right hand of God.
2Focus your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.
3For you have died, and your life is hidden with Messiah in God.
4When Messiah, who is your life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him, in glory!
5Therefore, put to death what is earthly in you—sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desire, and greed—for that is idolatry.
6Because of such things God’s wrath is coming upon the sons of disobedience.
7At one time you also walked in these ways, when you used to live in these ways.
8But now, set them all aside—anger, rage, malice, slander, and foul language out of your mouth.
9Do not lie to one another. After all, you have taken off the old self with its practices
10and have put on the new self that is being renewed in knowledge, according to the image of the One who created him.
11Here there is no longer Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, savage, slave and free; but Messiah is all, and in all.
12Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves in tender compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience—
13bearing with one another and forgiving each other, if anyone has a grievance against another. Just as the Lord pardoned you, so also you must pardon others.
14But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfect harmony.
15Let the shalom of Messiah rule in your hearts—to this shalom you were surely called in one body. Also be thankful.
16Let the word of Messiah dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another with all wisdom in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with gratitude in your hearts to God.
17And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Yeshua, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
Orderly, Mutual Relationships
18Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.
19Husbands, love your wives and do not become harsh toward them.
20Children, obey your parents in every respect, for this is pleasing to the Lord.
21Fathers, do not provoke your children, so they will not become discouraged.
22Slaves, obey your human masters in every respect—not just within your master’s sight as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord.
23Whatever you do, work at it from the soul, as for the Lord and not for people.
24For you know that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as a reward. It is to the Lord Messiah you are giving service.
25For the one doing wrong will be paid back for what he did wrong, and there is no favoritism.