In Colossians 3, Paul provides his readers with practical ways in which, by God’s grace, they can demonstrate the doctrine he has been preaching. Paul emphasizes that if believers have accepted the message of the Gospel, they will put to death the old self and be united with Christ. They are no longer in bondage to sin or to a set of rules to be followed. The believer’s life will reflect this new life that comes from being identified with Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit. The new identity put on by followers of Christ not only impacts one’s individual relationship with the Lord, but also more importantly contributes to the health and wholeness of the Church, the Body of Christ.
“Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.” (Colossians 3:14, NASB)