For I want you to know how hard I work for you, for those in Laodicea, and for the rest of those who have not met me personally.
My purpose is that they may be encouraged, that they may be joined together in love, and that they may have all the riches derived from being assured of understanding and fully knowing God's secret truth, which is - the Messiah!
It is in him that all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden.
I say this so that no one will fool you with plausible but specious arguments.
For although I am away from you physically, I am with you in spirit, rejoicing as I see the disciplined and resolute firmness of your trust in the Messiah.
Therefore, just as you received the Messiah Yeshua as Lord, keep living your life united with him.
Remain deeply rooted in him; continue being built up in him and confirmed in your trust, the way you were taught, so that you overflow in thanksgiving.
Watch out, so that no one will take you captive by means of philosophy and empty deceit, following human tradition which accords with the elemental spirits of the world but does not accord with the Messiah.