Colossians 2:8-18 (Today's New International Version)

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8 See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy,1 which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forcesa of this world2 rather than on Christ. 9 For in Christ all the fullness3 of the Deity lives in bodily form, 10 and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head4 over every power and authority.5 11 In him you were also circumcised6 with a circumcision not performed by human hands. Your sinful natureb7 was put off when you were circumcised byc Christ, 12 having been buried with him in baptism,8 in which you were also raised with him9 through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead.10 13 When you were dead in your sins11 and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature,d God made youe alive12 with Christ. He forgave us all our sins,13 14 having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness,14 which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross.15 15 And having disarmed the powers and authorities,16 he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them17 by the cross.f

Freedom From Human Rules

16 Therefore do not let anyone judge you18 by what you eat or drink,19 or with regard to a religious festival,20 a New Moon celebration21 or a Sabbath day.22 17 These are a shadow of the things that were to come;23 the reality, however, is found in Christ. 18 Do not let anyone who delights in false humility24 and the worship of angels disqualify you.25 Such people also go into great detail about what they have seen, and their unspiritual minds puff them up with idle notions.
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