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2:1  But I want you to know what struggles I have for you and for those in Laidiqia and for those others who have not seen my face in the flesh,
2:2  And that their hearts may be comforted and that they may approach by love all the wealth of assurance and understanding of the knowledge of the mystery of God The Father and of The Messiah,
2:3  Him in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
2:4  But I say this: Let no man deceive you with persuasiveness of words.
2:5  For though I am separated from you in the flesh, yet I am with you in The Spirit, and I rejoice to see your organization and the stability of your faith which is in The Messiah.
2:6  Therefore, just as you have received Yeshua The Messiah Our Lord, walk in him,
2:7  Strengthening your roots while you are being built up in him, and you are being established in that faith which you have learned, in which may you abound with thanksgiving.
2:8  Beware lest any man rob you by philosophy, or by empty deception, according to the teaching of men and according to the principles of the world and not according to The Messiah,
2:9  For all The Fullness of The Deity dwells in him bodily.
2:10  And you also are completed in him, who is The Head of all Principalities and Powers.
2:11  And you are circumcised in him by circumcision that is without hands, in the putting off of the body of sins by the circumcision of The Messiah.
2:12  And you were buried with him in baptism, and in it you arose with him, because you believed in the power of God who raised him from among the dead.
2:13  And you, who had died by your sins and by the uncircumcision in your flesh, he has given you life with him and has forgiven us all our sins.
2:14  And he has blotted out by his authority the bill of our debts which was adverse to us and he took it from the midst and nailed it to his cross.
2:15  And by putting off his body, he stripped the Principalities and the Powers and shamed them openly in his Essential Self.
2:16  Let no man disturb you about food or about drink or in the distinctions of feasts and beginnings of months and Sabbaths,
2:17  Because these things are shadows of those things that were future, but The Messiah is the body.
2:18  Let not a man wish by humility of mind to subjugate you to the worship of Angels to your condemnation, by which he presumes upon something that he does not see, and is emptily puffed up in his carnal mind,
2:19  And is not holding The Head, from whom the whole body is constructed and settled in the joints and members, and grows with the growth of God.
2:20  For if you have died with The Messiah to the principles of the world, why are you just as if you live in the world,
2:21  Namely, “Do not touch”, “Do not taste”, “Do not hold”,
2:22  Which are the things that need to be destroyed, and are the commandments and the teachings of the sons of men?
2:23  And they appear to have in them a word of wisdom in the appearance of humility and worship of God and without sparing the body, not in things of honor, but in those things which are physical needs.