“Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth” (v2). Paul explained that setting our minds on things “above” rather than “on earth” meant focusing our minds on Jesus (v4) and allowing His ways to become our ways. Jesus is “our life;” He saved us so that we could be set free from our old ways: “sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry … anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk” (v5,8). These attitudes and behaviors bring about God’s judgment (v6).
“Put on the new self” (v10). We have been forgiven, cleansed, and empowered so that we can embrace the abundant new life Jesus won for us on the cross.