The believer is to "seek the things... above." The word "seek" marks aspiration, desire, and passion. The things above are those of the empire of Christ. In order to seek these things the mind must be set on them. The believer's responsibility is revealed, first, in response to the union with Christ in death, in putting to death the things of the earth, of which a list is given. Also the things of the spirit which are evil must be put off. These too are named.
Then follows the application in the matter of our union with Christ in life, and the apostle again shows the things that manifest such union. The final and inclusive word in this application is, "Whatsoever ye do in word or in deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him."
A section of practical illustrations of application follows in the case of husbands and wives, children and parents, servants and masters.