Conducting our lives according to Scripture
I submit this topic with sincere efforts in completing my mission. I desire to honestly live my life according to Scripture but so far it has been extremely difficult. I present the following, Colossians 3 and initially I have only a few questions. My first question is clarity on what the entire passage would have meant to the original audience and my next question is how am I to obey these verses today? Especially Colossians 3:15. Colossians 3
The Life of the New Man
1 So if you have been raised with the Messiah, seek what is above, where the Messiah is, seated at the right hand of God. (A) 2 Set your minds on what is above, not on what is on the earth. (B) 3 For you have died, (C) and your life is hidden with the Messiah in God. 4 When the Messiah, who is your [a] life, is revealed, (D) then you also will be revealed with Him in glory. (E)
5 Therefore, put to death whatever in you is worldly: [b] sexual immorality, impurity, (F) lust, (G) evil desire, and greed, (H) which is idolatry. (I) 6 Because of these, God's wrath (J) comes on the disobedient, [c] 7 and you once walked in these things when you were living (K) in them. 8 But now you must also put away (L) all the following: anger, (M) wrath, (N) malice, (O) slander, (P) and filthy language from your mouth. (Q) 9 Do not lie (R) to one another, since you have put off (S) the old man (T) with his practices 10 and have put on (U) the new man, who is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of his Creator. (V) 11 Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, [d] slave and free; but Christ is all and in all. (W)
The Christian Life
12 Therefore, God's chosen ones, holy and loved, (X) put on heartfelt compassion, kindness, (Y) humility, (Z) gentleness, (AA) and patience, (AB) 13 accepting one another and forgiving one another if anyone has a complaint against another. Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so also you must [forgive]. (AC) 14 Above all, [put on] love—the perfect bond of unity. 15 And let the peace of the Messiah, to which you were also called (AD) in one body, control your hearts. Be thankful. 16 Let 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. 17 And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name (AE) of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
Christ in Your Home
18 Wives, be submissive to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. [e]
19 Husbands, (AF) love your wives (AG) and don't become bitter (AH) against them.
20 Children, (AI) obey your parents in everything, for this is pleasing in the Lord.
21 Fathers, (AJ) do not exasperate (AK) your children, so they won't become discouraged.
22 Slaves, obey your human (AL) masters in everything; don't work only while being watched, in order to please men, but [work] wholeheartedly, fearing the Lord. (AM)
23 Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, [f] as something done for the Lord and not for men, (AN) 24 knowing that you will receive the reward of an inheritance from the Lord—you serve the Lord Christ. 25 For the wrongdoer (AO) will be paid back for whatever wrong he has done, and there is no favoritism.