paul was talking to the crowd about how they used to live and how they have a deeper newer center of reality. You see his whole premiss is to inwardly die and receive life from the source. The gift from the source is to know how the past living was offensive and how the new identity was to allow the source life to flow freely through.
“Our life is now hidden in…” ” put on the new self…” “set your minds on..” Now if your life is hidden….you have no distinctions , no racism, no little people, no class lower or upper, no economic barrier that separates your friendship, no reason not to stop on the side of the road to give a hand.
You are to put on, paul says “compassionate hearts” that is compassion that wells up automatically from the gut, from your being, from the deepest part of you, it’s who you now are. You haven’t always been like this. you used to expose your inner self with how you spoke about people who were not like you, or who made you feel awkward. your speech gave away your anger, wrath and malice. And you basically lied to those who were to be your closest friends.
Now you hand it up, no you spend time and energy killing it, the old way, the idols of your soul. now you put on the new, but its a slow go, love has to be renewed daily with knowledge from the source.
The first knowledge is the catalyst for it all, you have become beloved by the source for no reason of your own, so how much more should you be compassionate for no reason of there’s? ” as chosen and beloved..”
you can read more in pauls book colosians 3