Knijga O Kristu

Kološanima 3:1-25

Novi život u Kristu

1Uskrsnuli ste s Kristom. Zato težite za nebeskim, gdje Krist sjedi na počasnome mjestu, Bogu zdesna. 2Razmišljajte o onome što u nebu; ne provodite vrijeme baveći se zemaljskim stvarima. 3Jer umrli ste s Kristom i vaš je pravi život skriven s Kristom u Bogu. 4A kada se Krist, koji je naš pravi život, objavi cijelome svijetu, tada će i vi imati udjela u njegovoj slavi.

5Usmrtite dakle ono zemaljsko u svojemu tijelu: blud, nečistoću, strasti, zlu požudu i pohlepu. Ne budite pohlepni za stvarima ovoga svijeta jer je to idolopoklonstvo 6zbog kojega će na ljude pasti Božji gnjev. 7I vi ste nekoć tako živjeli. 8Ali sada od sebe odbacite gnjev, srdžbu, opakost, hulu i prostotu! 9Ne lažite jedni drugima jer ste sa sebe svukli staru zlu narav i njezina zla djela. 10Obukli ste na sebe posve novoga čovjeka, koji se obnavlja spoznajući svojega Stvoritelja. 11Nema više ovdje ni Grka ni Židova, ni obrezana ni neobrezana, ni barbara ni skita, ni roba ni slobodna čovjeka; tu je samo Krist—koji je sve i u svima.

12Vi ste sveti i ljubljeni Božji izabranici. Obucite se stoga u milosrdno srce, dobrostivost, poniznost i strpljivost. 13Podnosite nedostatke drugih i praštajte onima kojima imate što zamjeriti. Kao što je Gospodin vama oprostio, tako i vi opraštajte drugima. 14A najvažnije je: obucite se u ljubav! Ona nas veže u savršeni sklad.

15Neka vašim srcima upravlja Kristov mir. Udovi ste istoga tijela i zato ste pozvani živjeti u miru. Budite zahvalni! 16Neka Kristova riječ u svem svojem bogatstvu prebiva u vama. Poučavajte se i opominjite međusobno sa svom mudrošću. U srcu pjevajte Bogu psalme, hvalospjeve i duhovne pjesme sa zahvalnošću. 17I ma što činili, riječju ili djelom, činite u ime Gospodina Isusa, zahvaljujući po njemu Bogu Ocu.

Upute kršćanskim obiteljima

18Žene, pokoravajte se svojim muževima kao što dolikuje u Gospodinu.

19Muževi, volite svoje žene i ne budite osorni prema njima.

20Djeco, slušajte u svemu roditelje jer je to ugodno Gospodinu.

21Očevi, ne ogorčujte svoju djecu da ne postanu malodušna.

22Robovi, budite poslušni svojim zemaljskim gospodarima u svemu. Ne trudite se da im ugodite samo dok vas vide, već uvijek tako činite, iskrena srca, u strahu Gospodnjem. 23Što god činili, činite od srca, kao Gospodinu, a ne ljudima. 24Znajte da ćete od Gospodina kao nagradu dobiti baštinu. Služite Gospodinu Kristu. 25Tko čini nepravdu, dobit će i plaću nepravednika. U Bogu nema pristranosti!

New International Reader's Version

Colossians 3:1-25

Teachings About Holy Living

1You have been raised up with Christ. So think about things that are in heaven. That is where Christ is. He is sitting at God’s right hand. 2Think about things that are in heaven. Don’t think about things that are only on earth. 3You died. Now your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4Christ is your life. When he appears again, you also will appear with him in heaven’s glory.

5So put to death anything that comes from sinful desires. Get rid of sexual sins and impure acts. Don’t let your feelings get out of control. Remove from your life all evil desires. Stop always wanting more and more. You might as well be worshiping statues of gods. 6God’s anger is going to come because of these things. 7That’s the way you lived at one time in your life. 8But now here are the kinds of things you must also get rid of. You must get rid of anger, rage, hate and lies. Let no dirty words come out of your mouths. 9Don’t lie to one another. You have gotten rid of your old way of life and its habits. 10You have started living a new life. Your knowledge of how that life should have the Creator’s likeness is being made new. 11Here there is no Gentile or Jew. There is no difference between those who are circumcised and those who are not. There is no rude outsider, or even a Scythian. There is no slave or free person. But Christ is everything. And he is in everything.

12You are God’s chosen people. You are holy and dearly loved. So put on tender mercy and kindness as if they were your clothes. Don’t be proud. Be gentle and patient. 13Put up with one another. Forgive one another if you are holding something against someone. Forgive, just as the Lord forgave you. 14And over all these good things put on love. Love holds them all together perfectly as if they were one.

15Let the peace that Christ gives rule in your hearts. As parts of one body, you were appointed to live in peace. And be thankful. 16Let the message about Christ live among you like a rich treasure. Teach and correct one another wisely. Teach one another by singing psalms and hymns and songs from the Spirit. Sing to God with thanks in your hearts. 17Do everything you say or do in the name of the Lord Jesus. Always give thanks to God the Father through Christ.

Teachings About Christian Families

18Wives, follow the lead of your husbands. That’s what the Lord wants you to do.

19Husbands, love your wives. Don’t be mean to them.

20Children, obey your parents in everything. That pleases the Lord.

21Fathers, don’t make your children bitter. If you do, they will lose hope.

22Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything. Don’t do it just to please them when they are watching you. Obey them with an honest heart. Do it out of respect for the Lord. 23Work at everything you do with all your heart. Work as if you were working for the Lord, not for human masters. 24Work because you know that you will finally receive as a reward what the Lord wants you to have. You are slaves of the Lord Christ. 25Anyone who does wrong will be paid back for what they do. God treats everyone the same.