And when you were dead in trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God a made you b alive together with him, when he forgave us all our trespasses,
erasing the record that stood against us with its legal demands. He set this aside, nailing it to the cross.
He disarmed c the rulers and authorities and made a public example of them, triumphing over them in it.
Therefore do not let anyone condemn you in matters of food and drink or of observing festivals, new moons, or sabbaths.
These are only a shadow of what is to come, but the substance belongs to Christ.
Do not let anyone disqualify you, insisting on self-abasement and worship of angels, dwelling d on visions, e puffed up without cause by a human way of thinking, f19
and not holding fast to the head, from whom the whole body, nourished and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows with a growth that is from God.
If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the universe, g why do you live as if you still belonged to the world? Why do you submit to regulations,
"Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch"?
All these regulations refer to things that perish with use; they are simply human commands and teachings.
These have indeed an appearance of wisdom in promoting self-imposed piety, humility, and severe treatment of the body, but they are of no value in checking self-indulgence. h
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