Colossians 3 … life in Messiah
3:1 If ye then be risen (in company) with Christ, seek those things which are above*, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
(*this is a Hebrew idiom – G511 ἀνώτερος anoteros (a-nō’-te-ros) adj. “in a former part of the book.” Meaning the Torah [or Pentateuch])
John 1:1-2 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.”
2 Set your affection (exercise the mind) on things above (same G511), not on things on the earth.
3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. (Colossians 3:3 Complete Jewish Bible “For you have died, and your life is hidden with the Messiah in God.”)
(This is a point of transition for all believers, wherein, we slay the old lifestyle that opposes the commands of YHWH and begin to live a life in accordance to YHWH.)
4 When Christ, who is our life (the drive or passion of one’s soul), shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
5 Mortify (subdue) therefore your members (bodies) which are upon the earth; fornication1, uncleanness2, inordinate affection3, evil concupiscence4, and covetousness5, which is idolatry:
(1. G4202 πορνεία porneia (por-nei’-a) n. prostitution; including adultery, incest, and porn. 2. Immorality 3. Sexual lusting incorporating pain 4. Desire for the forbidden 5. Defrauding, extortion)
6 For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:
7 In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them. (You used to do the same things when you lived according to their [the pagans] standards.)
8 But now ye also put off all these; anger 6, wrath 7, malice 8, blasphemy 9, filthy communication 10 out of your mouth.
(6. Violent ire 7. Fierce indignation 8. Depravity 9. Evil speech 10. Disgraceful conversation.)
9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off (divest, quit) the old man (former life) with his deeds;
10 And have put on (invested in) the new (rejuvenated) man, which is renewed (renovated) in knowledge after the image* of him that created him:
(*G1504 εἰκών eikon (ei-kōn’) n. 1. a likeness. 2. (literally) statue, profile. 3. (figuratively) representation, resemblance.)
11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.
(The new self allows no room for discriminating between Gentile and Jew, we are all simply the body of believers. Being circumcised or uncircumcised, foreigner, savage, slave, freeman; makes no difference, on the contrary, for all, the Messiah is factor that makes all men acceptable.)
12 Put on therefore (invest accordingly), as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies (affections of pity), kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
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.
14 And above all these things put on charity (love), which is the bond (uniting principle) of perfectness. (completeness)
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. (This is the body of believers in Yeshua Messiah, this is not the pagan hateful person out to harm you.)
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.
(G3056 λόγος logos (lo’-ğos) (specially, with the article in John 1) n. the “Holy-word” of God as in the Holy Scriptures of the Old Testament. Remember there was no “New Testament” at this time. Colossians as well as all of Paul’s writings were letters, or correspondence to people of the faith in that day.)
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.
18 Wives, submit yourselves (be under obedience) unto your own husbands, as it is fit (proper) in the Lord.
19 Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter (mean) against them.
20 Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.
21 Fathers, provoke (create strife) not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged. (spiritless)
22 Servants (devoted workers), obey in all things your masters (one with authority, control) according to the flesh; not with eyeservice (work that requires constant watching), as menpleasers (one looking for attention); but in singleness (sincerity) of heart, fearing (standing in awe of) God;
23 And whatsoever ye do (produce, labor), do it heartily (with the drive or passion of one’s soul), as to the Lord, and not unto men;
24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.
25 But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.(partiality)