Bible: Colossians 2:8-23

2:8 Be careful not to allow anyone to captivate you 1  through an empty, deceitful philosophy 2  that is according to human traditions and the elemental spirits 3  of the world, and not according to Christ. 2:9 For in him all the fullness of deity lives 4  in bodily form, 2:10 and you have been filled in him, who is the head over every ruler and authority. 2:11 In him you also were circumcised – not, however, 5  with a circumcision performed by human hands, but by the removal 6  of the fleshly body, 7  that is, 8  through the circumcision done by Christ. 2:12 Having been buried with him in baptism, you also have been raised with him through your 9  faith in the power 10  of God who raised him from the dead. 2:13 And even though you were dead in your 11  transgressions and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, he nevertheless 12  made you alive with him, having forgiven all your transgressions. 2:14 He has destroyed 13  what was against us, a certificate of indebtedness 14  expressed in decrees opposed to us. He has taken it away by nailing it to the cross. 2:15 Disarming 15  the rulers and authorities, he has made a public disgrace of them, triumphing over them by the cross. 16 

2:16 Therefore do not let anyone judge you with respect to food or drink, or in the matter of a feast, new moon, or Sabbath days 2:17 these are only 17  the shadow of the things to come, but the reality 18  is Christ! 19  2:18 Let no one who delights in humility and the worship of angels pass judgment on you. That person goes on at great lengths 20  about what he has supposedly seen, but he is puffed up with empty notions by his fleshly mind. 21  2:19 He has not held fast 22  to the head from whom the whole body, supported 23  and knit together through its ligaments and sinews, grows with a growth that is from God. 24 

2:20 If you have died with Christ to the elemental spirits 25  of the world, why do you submit to them as though you lived in the world? 2:21 Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch! 2:22 These are all destined to perish with use, founded as they are 26  on human commands and teachings. 27  2:23 Even though they have the appearance of wisdom 28  with their self-imposed worship and false humility 29  achieved by an 30  unsparing treatment of the body – a wisdom with no true value – they in reality result in fleshly indulgence. 31 

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