Bible: Colossians 2:1-8

2:1 For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you, 1  and for those in Laodicea, and for those who have not met me face to face. 2  2:2 My goal is that 3  their hearts, having been knit together 4  in love, may be encouraged, and that 5  they may have all the riches that assurance brings in their understanding of the knowledge of the mystery of God, namely, Christ, 6  2:3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. 2:4 I say this so that no one will deceive you through arguments 7  that sound reasonable. 8  2:5 For though 9  I am absent from you in body, I am present with you in spirit, rejoicing to see 10  your morale 11  and the firmness of your faith in Christ.

Warnings Against the Adoption of False Philosophies

2:6 Therefore, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, 12  continue to live your lives 13  in him, 2:7 rooted 14  and built up in him and firm 15  in your 16  faith just as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. 2:8 Be careful not to allow anyone to captivate you 17  through an empty, deceitful philosophy 18  that is according to human traditions and the elemental spirits 19  of the world, and not according to Christ.

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