Colossians 2

"Absent in Body, Present in Spirit"

1 I want you to know how much I am struggling for you and [for] those at Laodicea, and for all who have not met me face to face, 2 that they may be encouraged in heart, knit together in love, and filled with [the] full riches of complete understanding, so that they may know the mystery of God, [namely] Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. 4 I say this so that no one will deceive you by smooth rhetoric. 5 For although I am absent from you in body, I am present with you in spirit, [and] I delight to see your orderly condition and firm faith in Christ.

Alive in Christ

6 Therefore, just as you have received Christ Jesus [as] Lord, continue to walk in Him, 7 rooted and built up in Him, established in the faith as you were taught, [and] overflowing with thankfulness. 8 See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, which are based on human tradition [and] the spiritual forces of the world rather than on Christ. 9 For in [Christ] all the fullness of the Deity dwells in bodily form. 10 And you have been made complete in [Christ] , who is the head over every ruler and authority. 11 In Him you were also circumcised in the putting off of [your] sinful nature, with the circumcision [performed] by Christ [and] not by human hands. 12 And having been buried with Him in baptism, you were raised with [Him] through [your] faith in the power of God, who raised Him from the dead. 13 [When] you were dead in [your] trespasses and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with [Christ] . He forgave us all [our] trespasses, 14 having canceled the debt ascribed to us in the decrees that stood against us. He took it away, nailing it to the cross! 15 [And] having disarmed the powers and authorities, He made a public spectacle [of them] , triumphing over them by [the cross] . 16 Therefore {let} no one judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a festival, a New Moon, or a Sabbath. 17 These are a shadow of the things to come, but [the] body [ that casts it ] belongs to Christ. 18 [Do not let anyone] who delights in [false] humility and [the] worship of angels disqualify you with speculation about what he has seen. [Such a man] is puffed up without basis by his unspiritual mind, 19 and he loses connection to the head, from whom the whole body, supported and knit together by [its] joints and ligaments, grows as God causes it to grow. 20 If you have died with Christ to the spiritual forces of the world, why, as though you still belonged to [the] world, do you submit to [its] regulations: 21 “ {Do} not handle, {do} not taste, {do} not touch!”? 22 [These] will all perish with use, because they are based on human commands and teachings. 23 Such [restrictions] indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with [their] self-prescribed worship, [their false] humility, and [their] harsh treatment of [the] body; [but] they are of no value against [the] indulgence of the flesh.
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