2:1 For I would have you+ know how greatly I strive for you+, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh;
2:2 that their hearts may be comforted, they being knit together in love, and to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, that they may know the mystery of God, [even] Christ,
2:3 in whom are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge hidden.
2:4 This I say, that no one may delude you+ with persuasiveness of speech.
2:5 For though I am absent in the flesh, yet I am with you+ in the spirit, joying and seeing your+ order, and the steadfastness of your+ faith in Christ.
2:6 As therefore you+ received Christ Jesus the Lord, [so] walk in him,
2:7 rooted and built up in him, and established in your+ faith, even as you+ were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
2:8 Take heed lest there will be anyone who makes spoil of you+ through his philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ:
2:9 for in him dwells all the fullness of Deity bodily,
2:10 and in him you+ are made full, who is the head of all principality and power:
2:11 in whom you+ were also circumcised with a circumcision not made with hands, in the putting off of the body of the flesh, in the circumcision of Christ;
2:12 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.
2:13 And you+, being dead in your+ trespasses and the uncircumcision of your+ flesh, you+, he made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses;
2:14 having blotted out the bond written in ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us: and he has taken it out from between [him and us], nailing it to the cross;
2:15 having despoiled the principalities and the powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
2:16 Let no man therefore judge you+ in meat and in drink, or in respect of a feast day or a new moon or a Sabbath day:
2:17 which are a shadow of the things to come; but the body is Christ's.
2:18 Let no man rob you+ of your+ prize by a voluntary humility and worshiping of the angels, dwelling in the things which he has seen, puffed up for nothing by his fleshly mind,
2:19 and not holding fast the Head, from whom all the body, being supplied and knit together through the joints and bands, increases with the increase of God.
2:20 If you+ died with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, do you+ subject yourselves to ordinances,
2:21 Don't handle, nor taste, nor touch
2:22 (all which things are to perish with the using), after the precepts and doctrines of men?
2:23 Which things indeed have a show of wisdom in do-it-yourself religion, and humility, and severity to the body; [but are] not of any value against the indulgence of the flesh.
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