- [Let] no one deceive you by fine-sounding arguments
- So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
- See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.
- do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day.
- Do not let anyone who delights in false humility and the worship of angels disqualify you.
- Since you died with Christ to the elemental spiritual forces of this world, why, as though you still belonged to the world, do you submit to its rules: “Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!”?
- set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
- Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
- Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature:sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.
- now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander,and filthy language from your lips.
- Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new [nature], which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.
- clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
- Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone.
- Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
- over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
- Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace.
- be thankful.
- Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.
- whatever you do,whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
- Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.
- Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them.
- Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.
- Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.
- Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to curry their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord.
- Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for their wrongs, and there is no favoritism.
All for Our Good and for His Glory
Remember, these are just certain instructions pulled out for quick reading. The full text is rich and contains some tremendous doctrine concerning our new life and the glory that is ours through Christ Jesus our Lord!
As we walk through the post-Acts epistles, note that we are hardly as libertarian as those who call us "antinomian" would have us believe. This is a very narrow path laid before us. The incredible thing to remember, however, is that we are always "in the beloved" by faith as a gift from God and that this pure walk is made possible by the Lord Jesus. It is the way of peace, contentment, and reward. It is hard on our flesh (the old nature) but natural to the spirit (the new nature).
Praise him for his mercy when we fail and for the strength we find in him to follow the path pf righteousness.