Colossians 2

1 For I want you to know how great a struggle a I have for you, for those in Laodicea, b and for all who have not seen me in person. 2I want their hearts to be encouraged c and joined together in love, so that they may have all the riches of assured understanding and have the knowledge of God’s
Mystery: Transliteration of the Greek word mysterion; a secret hidden in the past but now revealed
mystery e – Christ.
Other mss read mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ; other ms variations exist on this v.
3 All the treasures of wisdom h and knowledge i are hidden in Him.

Christ versus the Colossian Heresy

4 I am saying this so that no one will deceive you with persuasive arguments. 5 For I may be absent in body, but I am with you in spirit, j rejoicing to see how well ordered you are and the strength of your faith in Christ.

6 Therefore, as you have received k Christ Jesus the Lord, l
walk: A term often used in a figurative way to mean "way of life" or "behavior"
walk in Him,
7 rooted and built up in Him n and established in the faith, just as you were taught, o overflowing with gratitude.

8Be careful that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deceit based on human tradition, p based on the elemental forces of the world, and not based on Christ. q 9 For the entire fullness r of God’s nature
Or of the deity
dwells bodily
Or nature lives in a human body
in Christ,
10 and you have been filled by Him, who is the head u over every ruler and authority. 11You were also circumcised in Him with a circumcision not done with hands, by putting off the body of flesh, v in the circumcision of the
Messiah: Or the Christ; the Greek word Christos means "the anointed one".
= His death
12Having been buried with Him z in baptism, you were also raised with Him aa through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. ab 13 And when you were dead in trespasses and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive with Him and forgave us all our trespasses. 14He erased the certificate of debt, with its obligations, that was against us and opposed to us, and has taken it out of the way by nailing it to the cross. ac 15He disarmed the rulers and authorities and disgraced them publicly; He triumphed over them by Him.
Or them through it; = through the cross

16 Therefore, don’t let anyone judge af you in regard to food and drink ag or in the matter of a festival or a new moon ah or a Sabbath day.
Or or sabbaths
17 These are a shadow aj of what was to come; ak the substance is
Or substance belongs to
the Messiah. am
18Let no one disqualify you,
Or no one cheat us out of your prize
ao insisting on ascetic practices ap and the worship of angels, claiming access to a visionary realm and inflated aq without cause by his unspiritual
Lit fleshly
19He doesn’t hold on to the head, from whom the whole body, as nourished and held together by its ligaments and tendons, develops with growth from God.

20 If you died with the Messiah at to the elemental forces of this world, why do you live as if you still belonged to the world? Why do you submit to regulations: 21 “Don’t handle, don’t taste, don’t touch”? 22 All these regulations refer to what is destroyed by being used up; they are commands and doctrines of men. 23Although these have a reputation of wisdom au by promoting ascetic practices, humility, and severe treatment of the body, they are not of any value in curbing self-indulgence.
Lit value against indulgence of the flesh
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