When you were dead in your sins1 and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive2 with Christ. He forgave us all our sins,3
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having canceled the written code, with its regulations,4 that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross.5
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And having disarmed the powers and authorities,6 he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them7 by the cross.
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Therefore do not let anyone judge you8 by what you eat or drink,9 or with regard to a religious festival,10 a New Moon celebration11 or a Sabbath day.12
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These are a shadow of the things that were to come;13 the reality, however, is found in Christ.
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Do not let anyone who delights in false humility14 and the worship of angels disqualify you for the prize.15 Such a person goes into great detail about what he has seen, and his unspiritual mind puffs him up with idle notions.
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He has lost connection with the Head,16 from whom the whole body,17 supported and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows as God causes it to grow.18
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Since you died with Christ19 to the basic principles of this world,20 why, as though you still belonged to it, do you submit to its rules:21
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"Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!"?
These are all destined to perish22 with use, because they are based on human commands and teachings.23
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Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility24 and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence.
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