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1 For I want you to know what a deep concern I have for you, and for those at Laodicea, and for all who have not seen my face in the flesh, 2 that their hearts may be comforted, being united in love and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, unto full knowledge of the mystery of God, of Christ, 3 in whom all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden. 4 I say this so no one may deceive you with sophisms. 5 For though I am absent in the flesh, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing and observing your orderliness, and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ.
6 Therefore, just as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, walk in Him, 7 having been rooted, and being built up in Him, and being established in the faith, as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. 8 See to it that no one carries you away as his prey through philosophy and vain deceit, in agreement with the tradition of men, in agreement with the principles of the world, and not in agreement with Christ. 9 For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily, 10 and you have been made complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power. 11 In Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not done with hands, but in putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, 12 having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. 13 And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made alive together with Him, having forgiven all our trespasses, 14 having blotted out the document against us in ordinances, which was contrary to us, and He has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. 15 Having disarmed the principalities and the powers, He exposed them openly, thus triumphing over them.
16 Therefore, let no one judge you in eating and drinking, or concerning a feast day or a new moon or a sabbath day, 17 things which were a shadow of something coming, but the actual body belongs to Christ. 18 Let no one deprive you of your reward through contrived humility and the worship of angels, dwelling continually on things which he has seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, 19 and not adhering to the Head, from whom all the body, being supplied and joined together through the joints and ligaments, grows with the growth of God.
20 If you died with Christ to get away from the principles of the world, why, as though living in the world, do you subject yourselves to ordinances: 21 do not touch, do not taste, do not handle 22 (things that will all perish with using), according to the precepts and doctrines of men? 23 Such things, having indeed an appearance of wisdom in professed religion and humility and severity to the body, are of no value whatever but are for the gratification of the flesh.
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