Colossians 2:2-12 NLT

2 I want them to be encouraged and knit together by strong ties of love. I want them to have complete confidence that they understand God’s mysterious plan, which is Christ himself.
3 In him lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
4 I am telling you this so no one will deceive you with well-crafted arguments.
5 For though I am far away from you, my heart is with you. And I rejoice that you are living as you should and that your faith in Christ is strong.
6 And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him.
7 Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.
8 Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powersa of this world, rather than from Christ.

References for Colossians 2:8

    • 2:8 - Or the spiritual principles; also in Col 2:20.
      9 For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body.b

      References for Colossians 2:9

        • 2:9 - Or in him dwells all the completeness of the Godhead bodily.
          10 So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority.
          11 When you came to Christ, you were “circumcised,” but not by a physical procedure. Christ performed a spiritual circumcision—the cutting away of your sinful nature.c

          References for Colossians 2:11

            • 2:11 - Greek the cutting away of the body of the flesh.
              12 For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with him you were raised to new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead.