Colossians 2:6-15 NIV

Freedom From Human Regulations Through Life With Christ

6 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord,1 continue to live in him,

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7 rooted2 and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught,3 and overflowing with thankfulness.

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8 See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy,4 which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world5 rather than on Christ.

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9 For in Christ all the fullness6 of the Deity lives in bodily form,

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10 and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head7 over every power and authority.8

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11 In him you were also circumcised,9 in the putting off of the sinful nature,a10 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 baptism11 and raised with him12 through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead.13

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      13 When you were dead in your sins14 and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature,b God made youc alive15 with Christ. He forgave us all our sins,16

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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,17 that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross.18

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          15 And having disarmed the powers and authorities,19 he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them20 by the cross.d

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            • d 2:15 - Or "them in him"