Colossians 3:10 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Colossians 3:10, NIV: and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.

Colossians 3:10, ESV: and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.

Colossians 3:10, KJV: And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:

Colossians 3:10, NASB: and have put on the new self, which is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created it—

Colossians 3:10, NLT: Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him.

Colossians 3:10, CSB: and have put on the new self. You are being renewed in knowledge according to the image of your Creator.

What does Colossians 3:10 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

This verse picks up in the middle of a thought begun in verse 9, regarding Christians setting aside the "old self" of worldly, sinful behaviors. In contrast with the old self, the believer is a new creation and should therefore live differently. Paul adds that the new self is constantly refreshed through knowledge of the one who created it: Christ. Knowledge which comes from Christ is noted throughout Colossians as an important part of the Christian life (Colossians 1:9–10; Colossians 2:2–3).

Just as Christ is "the image of the invisible God" (Colossians 1:15), believers are being remade into the likeness of Jesus. Paul notes elsewhere that Christ is "the image of God" (2 Corinthians 4:4). Jesus is also fully involved in creation (Colossians 1:16). John 1:3 says, "All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made." The believer is a new person increasingly designed to grow more like Christ, the one who created us.