1For I want you to know #Phil. 1:30 how great a #[See ch. 1:29 above]struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face, 2that #ch. 4:8; Eph. 6:22 their hearts may be encouraged, being #[ch. 3:14] knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of #See ch. 1:27God’s mystery, which is Christ, 3#Isa. 11:2; 45:3; 1 Cor. 1:24, 30; 2:6, 7; [Luke 11:49; Eph. 1:8]in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. 4I say this in order #Rom. 16:18; [Eph. 5:6; 2 Pet. 2:3]that no one may delude you with plausible arguments. 5For #1 Cor. 5:3 though I am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your #1 Cor. 14:40 good order and #1 Pet. 5:9the firmness of your faith in Christ.
Alive in Christ
6 # ch. 1:10; 1 Thess. 4:1 Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, 7#Eph. 3:17 rooted and #Acts 20:32; Eph. 2:20; See 1 Cor. 3:9 built up in him and #Heb. 13:9 established in the faith, just #Eph. 4:21 as you were taught, abounding #ch. 4:2; Eph. 5:20in thanksgiving.
8See to it that no one takes you captive by #[1 Tim. 6:20] philosophy and #Eph. 5:6 empty deceit, according to #See Matt. 15:2 human tradition, according to the #ver. 20elemental spirits#2:8 Or elementary principles; also verse 20 of the world, and not according to Christ. 9For #ch. 1:19; John 1:14 in him the whole fullness of deity dwells #[ver. 17]bodily, 10and #Eph. 3:19 you have been filled in him, who is #See Eph. 1:21, 22the head of all rule and authority. 11In him also #[Eph. 2:11]; See Rom. 2:29 you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by #ver. 15; ch. 3:9putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, 12#Rom. 6:4 having been buried with him in baptism, in which #ch. 3:1; [Rom. 6:5] you were also raised with him through faith in #[1 Cor. 6:14]; See Acts 2:24; Eph. 1:19the powerful working of God, #[1 Cor. 6:14]; See Acts 2:24; Eph. 1:19who raised him from the dead. 13#See Eph. 2:1 And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God #See Eph. 2:5made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, 14by #See Acts 3:19 canceling #See Rom. 7:4the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. 15#[See ver. 11 above] He disarmed the rulers and authorities#2:15 Probably demonic rulers and authorities and #[Gen. 3:15; Ps. 68:18; Isa. 53:12; Matt. 12:29; Luke 10:18; John 12:31; 16:11; Eph. 4:8; Heb. 2:14] put them to open shame, by #Eph. 2:16triumphing over them in him.#2:15 Or in it (that is, the cross)
Let No One Disqualify You
16Therefore let no one #Rom. 14:3, 10, 13 pass judgment on you #Rom. 14:17; Heb. 9:10; See Lev. 11:2 in questions of food and drink, or with regard to #Lev. 23:2; Rom. 14:5 a festival or #[Mark 2:28]; See Num. 28:11a new moon or a Sabbath. 17#Heb. 8:5; 10:1 These are a shadow of the things to come, but #[ver. 2]the substance belongs to Christ. 18Let no one #1 Cor. 9:24 disqualify you, #ver. 23 insisting on asceticism and worship of angels, #[Ezek. 13:7; 1 Tim. 1:7] going on in detail about visions,#2:18 Or about the things he has seen #[Eph. 4:17] puffed up without reason by #[Rom. 8:7]his sensuous mind, 19and #See Eph. 4:15, 16 not #Rev. 2:13; 3:11holding fast to the Head, from whom the whole body, nourished and knit together through its joints and ligaments, grows with a growth that is from God.
20If with Christ #See Rom. 6:2 you died to the #ver. 8 elemental spirits of the world, #[Gal. 4:9]why, as if you were still alive in the world, do you submit to regulations— 21#ver. 16; 1 Tim. 4:3“Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch” 22(#1 Cor. 6:13 referring to things that all perish as they are used)—according to #Isa. 29:13; Matt. 15:9; [Titus 1:14]human precepts and teachings? 23These have indeed an appearance of wisdom in #ver. 18 promoting self-made religion and asceticism and severity to the body, but they are #[1 Tim. 4:8]of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh.