In 2:12, Paul argues that the Christian is buried with Christ in baptism and raised with him through faith. Therefore if we are dead in Christ than we are no longer slaves to human rituals and traditions (2:20-23). Rather than focusing on things of the world which we have died to, Paul argues in chapter 3 that we should turn our attention to the spiritual world we have been raised into through Christ. Our life is now in the risen Christ who sits at the right hand of the Father. Our actions should reflect this new spiritual reality. The desires of the flesh (v. 5) should be buried with Jesus and our life should be reoriented towards God. The ways of the temporal world which focuses on the self should be buried with the "old" person. The "new" born again Christian is one in Christ and through Christ one with all Christians. Focus on the needs and desires of the self have been replaced with concern and compassion for the entire Body of Christ on earth. It is Christ that binds us together in a common love that transcends all worldly divisions.