Excerpt: "As noted above, Paul focuses on the implications of new life in Christ beginning in chapter 3. The first seventeen verses deal more broadly with what it means to be "raised with Christ" and to "seek the things that are above" (3: 1). That first section ends with emphasis falling on a communal life of generosity, love, and thanksgiving, as all activities and conversations are carried out under the lordship of Jesus Christ (3: 17)."
Gupta, Nijay, "New Life in Christ: Household Relationships Reoriented Under the Lordship of Christ (Chapter in Colossians, Smyth & Helwys Biblical Commentary)" (2013). Faculty Publications - Portland Seminary. 105.