In his letter to the Colossian believers, Paul writes a pretty detailed description of how we should live, now that we have died to our old life and been raised again to new life in Christ. This involves breaking off the old, sinful habits of thought, word, and deed, while “putting on” the New Life of Christ. And a significant aspect of this new life is shown in our treatment of others who wrong us.
“Make allowances for each other’s faults,” he writes, “and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.” Colossians 3:13 NLT
“Since God chose you to be the holy people He loves,” Paul writes to the church in Colossae, “you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” Colossians 3:12 NLT
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Continuing his letter to the church in Colossae, Paul instructs us to have nothing to do with the old, sinful nature from which we have been delivered. We are, he writes, to put these sins to death, to strip them off. And in their place, we are to take on the new nature of Christ.
“Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like Him. In this new life, it doesn’t matter whether you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave or free. Christ is all that matters, and He lives in all of us.” Colossians 3:10,11 NLT.
In his letter to the Colossian church, Paul encourages us to look up, setting our sights on the realities of heaven and not on the things of earth.
“For you died to this life, ” he says, “and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. And when Christ, Who is your Life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all His glory.” Colossians 3:3,4 NLT.
“Since you have been raised to new life with Christ,” writes Paul to the church in Colossae, “set your sights on the realities of Heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of Heaven, not the things of earth.” Colossians 3:1,2 NLT
“You have died with Christ,” Paul writes to the believers in Colossae, “and He set you free from the spiritual powers of this world. So why do you keep on following the rules of the world, such as ‘Don’t handle!’ ‘Don’t taste!’ ‘Don’t touch’? Such rules are mere human teachings about things that deteriorate as we use them. These rules may seem wise because they require strong devotion, pious self-denial, and severe bodily discipline. But they provide no help in conquering a person’s evil desires.” Colossians 2:20-23 NLT.
In his letter to the believers in Colossae, Paul insists that Christ Himself is the reality, and the outward observances and prohibitions of religion are merely shadows. Many will show off their own religions self-denial and self-control, while condemning other believers for their lack in those areas. They may insist that they have seen visions, even, or that they worship with the angels; but, without a living connection to Christ, all they have is their intellectual pride.