For I would that ye knew what great conflict I have for you, and for them
at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh;||
|2:2 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and
unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the
acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;
(2:2-3) "Christ ... In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge."|
Did Jesus know everything?
Who was the greatest: Jesus or Solomon?
In whom are hid all the
treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words.||
For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit,
joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in
As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:||
Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been
taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.||
Beware lest any man spoil you
through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after
the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.||
(2:8) "Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy."
(2:9) "In him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily."
Is Jesus God?
(2:11) "Ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands ... the circumcision of Christ."
Is circumcision required?
(2:12a) "Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith."
Have Christians been raised with Christ?
(2:12b) "God, who hath raised him from the dead."
Who raised Jesus from the dead?
(2:14) "Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances ... nailing it to his cross."
Must Christians obey the Old Testament's laws?
(2:16) "Let no man therefore judge you ... in respect of ... the sabbath days."
Is it necessary to keep the sabbath?
For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:
In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands,
in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of
Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the
faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.
And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh,
hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
|2:14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was
contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them
openly, triumphing over them in it.
Let no man therefore
judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday,
or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:
|2:17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.||
Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and
worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen,
vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,||
And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands
having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the
increase of God.||
Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why,
as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,||
(Touch not; taste not; handle not;||
Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and
doctrines of men?||
Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility,
and neglecting of the body: not in any honour to the satisfying of the
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