Colossians 2:4-14 NIV

4 I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments.1

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5 For though I am absent from you in body, I am present with you in spirit2 and delight to see how orderly3 you are and how firm4 your faith in Christ5 is.

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Freedom From Human Regulations Through Life With Christ

6 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord,6 continue to live in him,

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7 rooted7 and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught,8 and overflowing with thankfulness.

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8 See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy,9 which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world10 rather than on Christ.

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9 For in Christ all the fullness11 of the Deity lives in bodily form,

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10 and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head12 over every power and authority.13

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11 In him you were also circumcised,14 in the putting off of the sinful nature,a15 not with a circumcision done by the hands of men but with the circumcision done by Christ,

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    • a 2:11 - Or "the flesh"
      12 having been buried with him in baptism16 and raised with him17 through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead.18

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      13 When you were dead in your sins19 and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature,b God made youc alive20 with Christ. He forgave us all our sins,21

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        • b 2:13 - Or "your flesh"
        • c 2:13 - Some manuscripts "us"
          14 having canceled the written code, with its regulations,22 that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross.23

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