The Life of the New Man
1So if you have been raised with the Messiah, seek what is above, where the Messiah is, seated at the right hand of God. # Heb 10:12 2Set your minds on what is above, not on what is on the earth. # Php 3:19 3For you have died, # Rm 6:8 and your life is hidden with the Messiah in God. 4When the Messiah, who is your # Other mss read our life, is revealed, # 2Co 4:11; 1Jn 1:2; 2:28 then you also will be revealed with Him in glory. # Lk 9:32; Jn 17:24; 2Co 3:18; 2Pt 3:18
5Therefore, put to death what belongs to your worldly nature: # Lit death the members on the earth sexual immorality, impurity, # 1Th 4:3,7 lust, # Rm 1:26; 1Th 4:5 evil desire, and greed, # Eph 5:3 which is idolatry. # 1Co 10:14; Gl 5:20; 1Pt 4:3 6Because of these, God’s wrath # Jms 1:19; Rv 6:16 comes on the disobedient, # Other mss omit on the disobedient 7and you once walked in these things when you were living # Lk 15:13; Rm 6:2 in them. 8But now you must also put away # Rm 13:12 all the following: anger, # Jms 1:19 wrath, # Rv 14:19 malice, # 1Co 14:20 slander, # Jn 10:33; Rv 13:6 and filthy language from your mouth. # Eph 4:22-31 9Do not lie # Lv 19:11; 1Tm 2:7 to one another, since you have put off # Col 2:15 the old self # Lit man ; = a person before conversion # Eph 4:22 with its practices 10and have put on # Pr 31:25 the new self. You are being renewed in knowledge according to the image of your # Lit his Creator. # Mk 13:19; Jn 1:3; Rv 3:14 11In Christ # Lit Where there is not Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, # A term for a savage slave and free; but Christ is all and in all. # Eph 1:23
The Christian Life
12Therefore, God’s chosen ones, holy and loved, # Jn 3:16; 2Th 2:13; Rv 12:11 put on heartfelt compassion, kindness, # 2Co 6:6 humility, # Ac 20:19; Eph 4:2; Php 2:3; Col 2:18,23; 1Pt 5:5 gentleness, # Jms 3:13 and patience, # 2Tm 3:10 13accepting one another and forgiving one another if anyone has a complaint against another. Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you must also forgive. # 2Co 2:7,10; 12:13; Eph 4:32 14Above all, put on love — the perfect bond of unity. 15And let the peace of the Messiah, to which you were also called # Jn 14:27; 1Co 7:15; Php 4:7 in one body, control your hearts. Be thankful. 16Let the message about the Messiah dwell richly among you, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, and singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, with gratitude in your hearts to God. 17And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name # Jn 14:13; Php 2:10 of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
Christ in Your Home
18Wives, be submissive to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. # Eph 5:22–6:9
19Husbands, # 1Pt 3:1 love your wives # Eph 5:25; 1Pt 3:1 and don’t be bitter # Rv 8:11; 10:9-10 toward them.
20Children, # Gn 3:16; Lv 10:14; Dt 31:12; Ps 37:25; Pr 20:7; Lk 1:7; Ac 2:39; Heb 2:13 obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.
21Fathers, # Ps 103:13; Eph 6:4; Heb 11:23 do not exasperate # 2Co 9:2 your children, so they won’t become discouraged.
22Slaves, obey your human # Rm 1:3; 4:1; 8:4-5,12-13; 9:3,5; 1Co 1:26; 10:18; 2Co 1:17; 5:16; 10:2-3; 11:18; Gl 4:23,29; Eph 6:5 masters in everything. Don’t work only while being watched, in order to please men, but work wholeheartedly, fearing the Lord. # Pr 1:7; Rv 14:7
23Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, # Lit do it from the soul as something done for the Lord and not for men, # Eph 6:7 24knowing that you will receive the reward of an inheritance from the Lord. You serve the Lord Christ. 25For the wrongdoer # Rv 2:11 will be paid back for whatever wrong he has done, and there is no favoritism.