Colossians 3:10

(KJV) And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:
(1611 KJV) And haue put on the new man, which is renued in knowledge, after the image of him that created him,
(1587 Geneva Bible) And haue put on the newe, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him,
(1526 Tyndale) and the new put on which is renued in knowledge after the ymage of him that made him

Counterfeit Versions
(AMP) And have clothed yourselves with the new [spiritual self], which is [ever in the process of being] renewed and remolded into [fuller and more perfect knowledge upon] knowledge after the image (the likeness) of Him Who created it.
(CEB) and put on the new nature, which is renewed in knowledge by conforming to the image of the one who created it.
(CEV) Each of you is now a new person. You are becoming more and more like your Creator, and you will understand him better.
(ERV) Now you are wearing a new life, a life that is new every day. You are growing in your understanding of the one who made you. You are becoming more and more like him.
(ESV) and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.
(JB PHILLIPS) Don’t tell each other lies any more, for you have finished with the old man and all he did and have begun life as the new man, who is out to learn what he ought to be, according to the plan of God.
(NABRE) and have put on the new self, which is being renewed, for knowledge, in the image of its creator.
(NASV) and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him—
(NCV) You have begun to live the new life, in which you are being made new and are becoming like the One who made you. This new life brings you the true knowledge of God.
(NET) and have been clothed with the new man that is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of the one who created it.
(NIV) and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.
(NLV) You have now become a new person and are always learning more about Christ. You are being made more like Christ. He is the One Who made you.
(NRSV) and have clothed yourselves with the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of its creator.
(RSV) and have put on the new nature, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.
(VOICE) for a fresh new you, which is continually renewed in knowledge according to the image of the One who created you
(NWT-Jehovah’s Witnesses) and clothe yourselves with the new personality, which through accurate knowledge is being made new according to the image of the One who created it,

Textus Receptus - Traditional Text
και ενδυσαμενοι τον νεον τον ανακαινουμενον εις επιγνωσιν κατ εικονα του κτισαντος αυτον

Hort-Westcott - Critical Text
και ενδυσαμενοι τον νεον τον ανακαινουμενον εις επιγνωσιν κατ εικονα του κτισαντος αυτον

Corrupted Manuscripts
None

Affected Teaching
Here Paul is basically saying that we were saved and we need to live within the confines of the life from God. This means, that sinful actions and lifestyle are not part of that new life. (Eph 4:24 KJV) And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. Paul told the Ephesians the same thing that they were not to only put off the old man but they were to put on the new man. The new man is the Christian life and it is being renewed on a constant basis. (2 Cor 4:16 KJV) For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. In 2 Cor. 4:16, we are told that the inward man, that is, our new life, is being renewed daily. In Colossians 3:10 we are told that this renewal is made in knowledge and that knowledge begins with the fact of what we were before salvation but then we are given knowledge concerning the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ plus we are increasing our knowledge by practical Christianity and the understanding of the Scriptures which the Holy Spirit gives us. Further that knowledge is according to the image of Christ in man which was created in man by Christ through salvation. Now the reason why we are to live in the new man and reject the ways of the old man is because we are made in the image of Christ or according to Christ. If you notice, whenever the Bible speaks of the new man, it calls it the “new man.” The word “him” in Colossians 3:10 is a masculine personal pronoun. Therefore words like “it and its” are incorrect. They would be correct if the word was “neuter” but it is not. Some of the versions even refer to God as “the one” which is a new age term. The words in the Greek for “him” and “one” are totally different. If you look at the CEV, ERV, and NCV, you will notice a very subtle theme. They include a statement that “you are becoming more and more like him.” The NCV even states that “you are becoming like the One who made you.” These statements are prevalent in the New Age movement as they seek to progress toward Godhood. Their desire is be more like God until they finally reach their goal. These statements are not in the Greek text, they were added.

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