THE EPISTLE OF PAUL THE APOSTLE TO THE
Fulness of Godhead dwells in Christ—Beware of deceit by traditions of men—The handwriting against us was nailed to cross of Christ.
I would that ye knew what great aconflict
I have for you, and for
them at bLaodicea
, and for
as many as have not seen my face in the flesh;
That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of aunderstanding
, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, band
of the Father, and of Christ;
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 aorder
, and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ.
As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so awalk
ye in him:
and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with bthanksgiving
For in him dwelleth all the afulness
of the Godhead bodily.
In whom also ye are circumcised with the acircumcision
made without hands, in putting off the bbody
of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:
with him in bbaptism
, wherein also ye are crisen
through the faith of the doperation
of God, who hath raised him from the dead.
And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he aquickened
together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
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 ajudge
you in bmeat
, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the csabbath days:
Which are a ashadow
of things to come; but the body is
Let no man abeguile
you of your reward in a voluntary bhumility
and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,
And not holding the aHead
, 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 adead
with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to bordinances
not; taste not; handle not;
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 flesh.