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Colossians 3

3:1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. (3:1a) "If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above."
Have Christians been raised with Christ?

(3:1b) "Christ sitteth on the right hand of God."
Is Jesus God?

3:2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
3:3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
3:4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
3:5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: (3:5) "Fornication ... and covetousness ... is idolatry."
Is it okay to covet?
Is it wrong to have sex outside of marriage?
3:6 For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:
3:7 In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them. (3:8) "Put off all these; anger, wrath, malice."

(3:9) "Lie not one to another."
Is it okay to lie?

(3:12-14) Be merciful, kind, humble, loving, and forgiving toward one another.

(3:12) "Put on ... mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering."

(3:13) "Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another."

(3:14) "And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness."

(3:18)
"Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands."
Should we serve God alone?
What the Bible says about women's rights
Should women have the same rights as men?

(3:19) "Husbands, love your wives."

(3:20) "Children, obey your parents in all things."
Should we serve God alone?

(3:22) "Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God."
Should we serve God alone?
Should we fear God?
Does God approve of slavery?
What the Bible says about slavery

(3:23) "There is no respect of persons."
Does God respect anyone?

3:8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
3:9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;
3:10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:
3:11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.
3:12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
3:13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
3:14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
3:15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
3:17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
3:18 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord.
3:19 Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.
3:20 Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.
3:21 Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.
3:22 Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God
3:23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;
3:24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.
3:25 But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.

Seek things that are above, not on things on the earth.
If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. 3:1-2

Mortify your members.
Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth. 3:5

Don't fornicate.
Fornication ... For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience. 3:5-6

Don't be inordinately affectionate.
...inordinate affection ... For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience. 3:5-6

Don't be unclean.
...uncleanness ...For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience. 3:5-6

Don't covet your neighbor's house, slave, ox, ass, etc.
...covetousness, which is idolatry: For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience. 3:5-6

Don't have evil concupiscence.
...evil concupiscence ... For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience. 3:5-6

Don't be angry.
Put off all these; anger.... 3:8a

Don't be wrathful.
Put off all these ... wrath.... 3:8b

Don't blaspheme.
Put off all these ... blasphemy... 3:8c

Don't let any filthy communication come out of your mouth.
Put off all these ... filthy communication out of your mouth. 3:8d

Don't lie.
Lie not one to another. 3:9a

Be merciful.
Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies. 3:12a

Be kind to one another.
Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved ... kindness. 3:12b

Be meek.
Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved ... meekness. 3:12c

Be long-suffering.
Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved ... longsuffering. 3:12d

Forbear one another.
Forbearing one another. 3:13

Forgive others.
Forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. 3:13b

Do everything with charity.
Above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. 3:14

Let the peace of God rule your heart.
Let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body. 3:15a

Give thanks.
Be ye thankful. 3:15b

Let the word of Jesus dwell in you.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom. 3:16a

Teach one another.
Teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs. 3:16b

Sing to God.
Admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 3:16c

Do everything in the name of Jesus.
Whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus. 3:17a

Thank God.
Giving thanks to God. 3:17b

Wives, obey your husbands.
Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord. 3:18

Children, obey your parents.
Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord. 3:20

Fathers, don't make your children angry.
Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged. 3:21

Slaves, obey your masters.
Servants [slaves], obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God. 3:22

Whatever you do, do it heartily.
Whatsoever ye do, do it heartily. 3:23

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