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Colossians 2 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 I want you to know how much I have agonized for you and for the church at Laodicea, and for many other friends who have never known me personally. 1 I want you to know how much I am struggling for you and for those at Laodicea, and for all who have not met me personally.
2 My goal is that they will be encouraged and knit together by strong ties of love. I want them to have full confidence because they have complete understanding of God's secret plan, which is Christ himself. 2 My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ,
3 In him lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
4 I am telling you this so that no one will be able to deceive you with persuasive arguments. 4 I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments.
5 For though I am far away from you, my heart is with you. And I am very happy because you are living as you should and because of your strong faith in Christ. 5 For though I am absent from you in body, I am present with you in spirit and delight to see how orderly you are and how firm your faith in Christ is.
6 And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to live in obedience to him. 6 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him,
7 Let your roots grow down into him and draw up nourishment from him, so you will grow in faith, strong and vigorous in the truth you were taught. Let your lives overflow with thanksgiving for all he has done. 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
8 Don't let anyone lead you astray with empty philosophy and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the evil powers of this world, and not from Christ. 8 See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.
9 For in Christ the fullness of God lives in a human body, 9 For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form,
10 and you are complete through your union with Christ. He is the Lord over every ruler and authority in the universe. 10 and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority.
11 When you came to Christ, you were "circumcised," but not by a physical procedure. It was a spiritual procedure -- the cutting away of your sinful nature. 11 In him you were also circumcised, in the putting off of the sinful nature, not with a circumcision done by the hands of men but with the circumcision done by Christ,
12 For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with him you were raised to a new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead. 12 having been buried with him in baptism and raised with him through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead.
13 You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ. He forgave all our sins. 13 When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins,
14 He canceled the record that contained the charges against us. He took it and destroyed it by nailing it to Christ's cross. 14 having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross.
15 In this way, God disarmed the evil rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross of Christ. 15 And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.
16 So don't let anyone condemn you for what you eat or drink, or for not celebrating certain holy days or new-moon ceremonies or Sabbaths. 16 Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day.
17 For these rules were only shadows of the real thing, Christ himself. 17 These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.
18 Don't let anyone condemn you by insisting on self-denial. And don't let anyone say you must worship angels, even though they say they have had visions about this. These people claim to be so humble, but their sinful minds have made them proud. 18 Do not let anyone who delights in false humility and the worship of angels disqualify you for the prize. Such a person goes into great detail about what he has seen, and his unspiritual mind puffs him up with idle notions.
19 But they are not connected to Christ, the head of the body. For we are joined together in his body by his strong sinews, and we grow only as we get our nourishment and strength from God. 19 He has lost connection with the Head, from whom the whole body, supported and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows as God causes it to grow.
20 You have died with Christ, and he has set you free from the evil powers of this world. So why do you keep on following rules of the world, such as, 20 Since you died with Christ to the basic principles of this world, why, as though you still belonged to it, do you submit to its rules:
21 "Don't handle, don't eat, don't touch." 21 "Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!"?
22 Such rules are mere human teaching about things that are gone as soon as we use them. 22 These are all destined to perish with use, because they are based on human commands and teachings.
23 These rules may seem wise because they require strong devotion, humility, and severe bodily discipline. But they have no effect when it comes to conquering a person's evil thoughts and desires. 23 Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence.