1 For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you, for those in Laodicea, and for all who have not seen me in person.
2 [I want] their hearts to be encouraged and joined together in love, so that they may have all the riches of assured understanding, and have the knowledge of God's mystery-Christ.a
References for Colossians 2:2
    • a 2:2 - Other mss read mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ; other ms variations exist on this v.
      3 In Him all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden.

      Christ versus the Colossian Heresy

      4 I am saying this so that no one will deceive you with persuasive arguments.
      References for Colossians 2:4
          5 For I may be absent in body, but I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the strength of your faith in Christ.
          6 Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, walk in Him,
          7 rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
          8 Be careful that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deceit based on human tradition, based on the elemental forces of the world, and not based on Christ.
          9 For in Him the entire fullness of God's natureb dwells bodily,c
          References for Colossians 2:9
            • b 2:9 - Or the deity
            • c 2:9 - Or nature lives in a human body
              10 and you have been filled by Him, who is the head over every ruler and authority.