Laws in the Epistle to the Colossians

Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit [sophistry], according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. – Colossians 2:8

Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. – Colossians 3:2

Now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. – Colossians 3:8

As the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, long suffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection, and let the peace of God rule in your hearts and be thankful. – Colossians 3:12-14

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. – Colossians 3:16

Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Christ, giving thanks to God the Father. – Colossians 3:17

Whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that you will receive the reward of the inheritance from the Lord; for you serve the Lord Christ. – Colossians 3:23-24

He who does wrong will be repaid for what he has done, and there is no partiality. – Colossians 3:25

Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one. – Colossians 4:6

Several scholars dispute the authenticity of the Epistle to the Colossians, which tradition claims to be a letter written by the Apostle Paul, between 50 and 80 A.D.

We have used the King James Version of the Bible as the basis for this list. Some Scripture may have been taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


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