Colossians 3

Colossians 3:1

Εἰ οὖν συνηγέρθητε τῷ Χριστῷ, τὰ ἄνω ζητεῖτε, οὗ ὁ Χριστός ἐστιν ἐν δεξιᾷ τοῦ θεοῦ καθήμενος·

Since you have been raised with Christ, 



First class condition which generally assumes the truth of the protasis.


Colossians 3:2

τὰ ἄνω φρονεῖτε, μὴ τὰ ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς,


Colossians 3:3

ἀπεθάνετε γάρ, καὶ ἡ ζωὴ ὑμῶν κέκρυπται σὺν τῷ Χριστῷ ἐν τῷ θεῷ·


Colossians 3:4

ὅταν ὁ Χριστὸς φανερωθῇ, ἡ ζωὴ ὑμῶν, τότε καὶ ὑμεῖς σὺν αὐτῷ φανερωθήσεσθε ἐν δόξῃ.


Colossians 3:5

Νεκρώσατε οὖν τὰ μέλη τὰ ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς, πορνείαν, ἀκαθαρσίαν, πάθος, ἐπιθυμίαν κακήν, καὶ τὴν πλεονεξίαν ἥτις ἐστὶν εἰδωλολατρία,


Colossians 3:6

δι’ ἃ ἔρχεται ἡ ὀργὴ τοῦ θεοῦ ἐπὶ τοὺς υἱοὺς τῆς ἀπειθείας·


Colossians 3:7

ἐν οἷς καὶ ὑμεῖς περιεπατήσατέ ποτε ὅτε ἐζῆτε ἐν τούτοις·


Colossians 3:8

νυνὶ δὲ ἀπόθεσθε καὶ ὑμεῖς τὰ πάντα, ὀργήν, θυμόν, κακίαν, βλασφημίαν, αἰσχρολογίαν ἐκ τοῦ στόματος ὑμῶν·


Colossians 3:9

μὴ ψεύδεσθε εἰς ἀλλήλους· ἀπεκδυσάμενοι τὸν παλαιὸν ἄνθρωπον σὺν ταῖς πράξεσιν αὐτοῦ,


Colossians 3:10

καὶ ἐνδυσάμενοι τὸν νέον τὸν ἀνακαινούμενον εἰς ἐπίγνωσιν κατ’ εἰκόνα τοῦ κτίσαντος αὐτόν,


Colossians 3:11

ὅπου οὐκ ἔνι Ἕλλην καὶ Ἰουδαῖος, περιτομὴ καὶ ἀκροβυστία, βάρβαρος, Σκύθης, δοῦλος, ἐλεύθερος, ἀλλὰ τὰ πάντα καὶ ἐν πᾶσιν Χριστός.


Colossians 3:12

Ἐνδύσασθε οὖν ὡς ἐκλεκτοὶ τοῦ θεοῦ, ἅγιοι καὶ ἠγαπημένοι, σπλάγχνα οἰκτιρμοῦ, χρηστότητα, ταπεινοφροσύνην, πραΰτητα, μακροθυμίαν,

Therefore, clothe yourselves, as the elect of God, holy and being loved, inward parts of compassion, goodness, humility, meekness, patience,

Paraphrase Now let’s consider the flip side.  I have called you to put to death your old sinful nature which marked your previous life in sin; now it’s time to focus on that new nature which God has created within you. (Colossians 3:10)  You can think of this like putting on your new clean clothes after stripping off the old, rotting clothes which used to cover you.  Now first of all, it is important to remember your position.  In a word, you have been raised with Christ. (Colossians 3:1)  This is so critical to always keep in your mind.  You have died with Christ and left your old sin nature behind.  Then you rose with Him a new creation holy and loved by God.  Don’t forget your baptism where this reality was visibly portrayed to you. (Romans 6:4; Colossians 2:12)  By this resurrection, we know that you are chosen by God just as Jesus was chosen by God. (Matthew 12:18; Luke 9:35)  You are His elect and beloved children; and now, it behooves you to live like one of those children.  This means that your life should be marked by a Christian character showing a heart of compassion for those in need, a desire to do good in the world, a humility of mind showing that you do not think more highly of yourself than you ought. (Romans 12:3)  You should have a firm grip on your feelings and be slow to anger and quick to forgive. (Proverbs 16:32; 19:11)  You should be patient with others and not expect them to understand all these things immediately.


Ἐνδύσασθε is either middle or passive voice.  I took it as a middle and translated it reflexively.


Colossians 3:13

ἀνεχόμενοι ἀλλήλων καὶ χαριζόμενοι ἑαυτοῖς ἐάν τις πρός τινα ἔχῃ μομφήν· καθὼς καὶ ὁ κύριος ἐχαρίσατο ὑμῖν οὕτως καὶ ὑμεῖς·

Bearing with one another and forgiving one another when someone might have a complaint against someone, even as even the Lord has forgiven you, in this manner also you. 

Paraphrase:  Be tolerant of each other, and do all that’s in your power to live in peace.  Don’t immediately take offense at every perceived slight.  On the other hand, be careful when you speak; do all you can not to give offense by what you say.  Be quick to receive a good report about someone else; and on the other hand, be slow to believe a negative report about someone else.  Don’t give your ear to talebearers, flatterers, gossips, and slanderers.  Defend the good name of others just like you would your own.  If someone does wrong you in any way, be quick to forgive and to move on. (1 Peter 4:8)  Don’t forget what our Lord taught us in the parable of the unforgiving debtor. (Matthew 18:35)



Colossians 3:14

ἐπὶ πᾶσιν δὲ τούτοις τὴν ἀγάπην, ὅ ἐστιν σύνδεσμος τῆς τελειότητος.

 and to all these, love which is the belt of perfection.

Paraphrase:  In a word, cultivate the virtue of love which really brings one to obey all God’s commands. (Galatians 5:14)  Love is the perfect belt which holds all our clothes in place.



Colossians 3:15

καὶ ἡ εἰρήνη τοῦ Χριστοῦ βραβευέτω ἐν ταῖς καρδίαις ὑμῶν, εἰς ἣν καὶ ἐκλήθητε ἐν ἑνὶ σώματι· καὶ εὐχάριστοι γίνεσθε.


Colossians 3:16

ὁ λόγος τοῦ Χριστοῦ ἐνοικείτω ἐν ὑμῖν πλουσίως ἐν πάσῃ σοφίᾳ· διδάσκοντες καὶ νουθετοῦντες ἑαυτοὺς ψαλμοῖς, ὕμνοις, ᾠδαῖς πνευματικαῖς ἐν χάριτι, ᾄδοντες ἐν ταῖς καρδίαις ὑμῶν τῷ θεῷ·


Colossians 3:17

καὶ πᾶν ὅ τι ἐὰν ποιῆτε ἐν λόγῳ ἢ ἐν ἔργῳ, πάντα ἐν ὀνόματι κυρίου Ἰησοῦ, εὐχαριστοῦντες τῷ θεῷ πατρὶ δι’ αὐτοῦ.


Colossians 3:18

Αἱ γυναῖκες, ὑποτάσσεσθε τοῖς ἀνδράσιν, ὡς ἀνῆκεν ἐν κυρίῳ.

Colossians 3:19

οἱ ἄνδρες, ἀγαπᾶτε τὰς γυναῖκας καὶ μὴ πικραίνεσθε πρὸς αὐτάς.

Colossians 3:20

Τὰ τέκνα, ὑπακούετε τοῖς γονεῦσιν κατὰ πάντα, τοῦτο γὰρ εὐάρεστόν ἐστιν ἐν κυρίῳ.

Colossians 3:21

οἱ πατέρες, μὴ ἐρεθίζετε τὰ τέκνα ὑμῶν, ἵνα μὴ ἀθυμῶσιν.

Colossians 3:22

οἱ δοῦλοι, ὑπακούετε κατὰ πάντα τοῖς κατὰ σάρκα κυρίοις, μὴ ἐν ὀφθαλμοδουλίαις, ὡς ἀνθρωπάρεσκοι, ἀλλ’ ἐν ἁπλότητι καρδίας, φοβούμενοι τὸν κύριον.

Colossians 3:23

ὃ ἐὰν ποιῆτε, ἐκ ψυχῆς ἐργάζεσθε, ὡς τῷ κυρίῳ καὶ οὐκ ἀνθρώποις,

Colossians 3:24

εἰδότες ὅτι ἀπὸ κυρίου ἀπολήμψεσθε τὴν ἀνταπόδοσιν τῆς κληρονομίας· τῷ κυρίῳ Χριστῷ δουλεύετε·

Colossians 3:25

ὁ γὰρ ἀδικῶν κομίσεται ὃ ἠδίκησεν, καὶ οὐκ ἔστιν προσωπολημψία.

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