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Romans 14:7-9 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

For none of us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself. If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. Christ died and came to life for this: that He might rule over both the dead and the living.

Galatians 2:19-20 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

19 For through the law I have died to the law, so that I might live for God. I have been crucified with Christ[a] 20 and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body,[b] I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.


  1. Galatians 2:19 Other textual traditions place I have been crucified with Christ in v. 20.
  2. Galatians 2:20 Or flesh

Philippians 1:11 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ to the glory and praise of God.

Philippians 1:15 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

15 To be sure, some preach Christ out of envy and strife, but others out of good will.[a]


  1. Philippians 1:15 The good will of men, or God’s good will or favor

Colossians 2:6-3:11 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Therefore, as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, overflowing with gratitude.

Be careful that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deceit based on human tradition, based on the elemental forces of the world, and not based on Christ. For the entire fullness of God’s nature[a] dwells bodily[b] in Christ, 10 and you have been filled by Him, who is the head over every ruler and authority. 11 You were also circumcised in Him with a circumcision not done with hands, by putting off the body of flesh, in the circumcision of the Messiah.[c] 12 Having been buried with Him in baptism, you were also raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. 13 And when you were dead in trespasses and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive with Him and forgave us all our trespasses. 14 He erased the certificate of debt, with its obligations, that was against us and opposed to us, and has taken it out of the way by nailing it to the cross. 15 He disarmed the rulers and authorities and disgraced them publicly; He triumphed over them by Him.[d]

16 Therefore, don’t let anyone judge you in regard to food and drink or in the matter of a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day.[e] 17 These are a shadow of what was to come; the substance is[f] the Messiah. 18 Let no one disqualify you,[g] insisting on ascetic practices and the worship of angels, claiming access to a visionary realm and inflated without cause by his unspiritual[h] mind. 19 He doesn’t hold on to the head, from whom the whole body, nourished and held together by its ligaments and tendons, develops with growth from God.

20 If you died with the Messiah to the elemental forces of this world, why do you live as if you still belonged to the world? Why do you submit to regulations: 21 “Don’t handle, don’t taste, don’t touch”? 22 All these regulations refer to what is destroyed by being used up; they are commands and doctrines of men. 23 Although these have a reputation of wisdom by promoting ascetic practices, humility, and severe treatment of the body, they are not of any value in curbing self-indulgence.[i]

The Life of the New Man

So if you have been raised with the Messiah, seek what is above, where the Messiah is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on what is above, not on what is on the earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with the Messiah in God. When the Messiah, who is your[j] life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.

Therefore, put to death what belongs to your worldly nature:[k] sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desire, and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, God’s wrath comes on the disobedient,[l] and you once walked in these things when you were living in them. But now you must also put away all the following: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and filthy language from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old self[m] with its practices 10 and have put on the new self. You are being renewed in knowledge according to the image of your[n] Creator. 11 In Christ[o] there is not Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian,[p] slave and free; but Christ is all and in all.


  1. Colossians 2:9 Or of the deity
  2. Colossians 2:9 Or nature lives in a human body
  3. Colossians 2:11 = His death
  4. Colossians 2:15 Or them through it; = through the cross
  5. Colossians 2:16 Or or sabbaths
  6. Colossians 2:17 Or substance belongs to
  7. Colossians 2:18 Or no one cheat us out of your prize
  8. Colossians 2:18 Lit fleshly
  9. Colossians 2:23 Lit value against indulgence of the flesh
  10. Colossians 3:4 Other mss read our
  11. Colossians 3:5 Lit death the members on the earth
  12. Colossians 3:6 Other mss omit on the disobedient
  13. Colossians 3:9 Lit man; = a person before conversion
  14. Colossians 3:10 Lit his
  15. Colossians 3:11 Lit Where
  16. Colossians 3:11 A term for a savage

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