Colossians 3 - If = Since
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Colossians 3 (ESV)
1 If then you have been raised with Christ,
seek the things
that are above,
where Christ is,
seated at the right hand of God.
2 Set your minds
on things that are above,
not on things that are on earth.
3 For you
and your life is hidden
4 When Christ
who is your life appears,
you also will appear
with him in glory.
5 Put to death therefore what is earthly in you:
sexual immorality, impurity, passion,
evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.
6 On account of these
the wrath of God is coming.
7 In these
you too once walked,
when you were living in them.
8 But now you must put them all away:
anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.
9 Do not lie to one another, seeing that
you have put off the old self with its practices
10 and have put on the new self, which is being
renewed in knowledge
after the image of its creator.
11 Here there is not
Greek and Jew,
circumcised and uncircumcised,
but Christ is all, and in all.
12 Put on then, as God’s
holy and beloved,
compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience,
13 bearing with one another
if one has a complaint against another,
forgiving each other;
as the Lord has forgiven you,
so you also must forgive.
14 And above all these put on love,
which binds everything together
in perfect harmony.
15 And let the peace of Christ rule
in your hearts,
to which indeed you were called in one body.
And be thankful.
16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly,
teaching and admonishing
in all wisdom,
psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,
with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
17 And whatever you do,
in word or deed,
in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God the Father through him.
to your husbands,
as is fitting in the Lord.
love your wives,
and do not be harsh with them.
obey your parents in everything,
for this pleases the Lord.
do not provoke your children,
lest they become discouraged.
obey in everything those who are your earthly masters,
by way of eye-service,
with sincerity of heart,
fearing the Lord.
23 Whatever you do,