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Colossians 2:1-3

For I want you to know what a great conflict I have for you and those in Laodicea

Colossians 2:1-3
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For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face,
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that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God's mystery, which is Christ,
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in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

  1. In this passage, who did Paul have a great conflict about?
    Colossians 2:1
    For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face,
  2. What was his desire for them?
    Colossians 2:2
    that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God's mystery, which is Christ,
  3. What did he want them to attain to?
    Colossians 2:2
    that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God's mystery, which is Christ,

  4. What knowledge is hidden in Christ?
    Colossians 2:3
    in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

Colossians 2:4-7

Now this I say lest anyone should deceive you with persuasive words

Colossians 2:4-7
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I say this in order that no one may delude you with plausible arguments.
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For though I am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the firmness of your faith in Christ.
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Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him,
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rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.

  1. What will people use to try to deceive you?
    Colossians 2:4
    I say this in order that no one may delude you with plausible arguments.
  2. In the spirit, what did Paul rejoice to see?
    Colossians 2:5
    For though I am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the firmness of your faith in Christ.
  3. As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, how are you to walk?
    Colossians 2:6-7
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    Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him,
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    rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.

Colossians 2:8-10

Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men

Colossians 2:8-10
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See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.
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For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily,
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and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority.

  1. What will people use to try to deceive you?
    Colossians 2:8
    See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.

  2. What is their empty deceit according to?
    Colossians 2:8
    See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.
  3. What are their traditions according to?
    Colossians 2:8
    See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.
  4. What dwells in Jesus?
    Colossians 2:9
    For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily,

So here is the big questionAre you complete in Him?

 Colossians 2:11-15

And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it t

o the cross

Colossians 2:11-15
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In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ,
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having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead.
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And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses,
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by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.
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He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.

  1. How were you circumcised without hands?
    Colossians 2:11
    In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ,
  2. How were you buried and raised with Him?
    Colossians 2:12
    having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead.
  3. When you were dead in trespasses, what did He do to you?
    Colossians 2:13
    And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses,
  4. What did He do to handwriting of requirements that was written in the Law, that were contrary to us?
    Colossians 2:14
    by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.
  5. How did He make a public spectacle of them?
    Colossians 2:15
    He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.

Colossians 2:16-19

So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ

Colossians 2:16-19
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Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath.
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These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ.
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Let no one disqualify you, insisting on asceticism and worship of angels, going on in detail about visions, puffed up without reason by his sensuous mind,
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and not holding 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.

  1. What things are we not to let anyone judge us about?
    Colossians 2:16
    Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath.
  2. What are these things a shadow of?
    Colossians 2:17
    These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ.

  3. Who is the substance of?
    Colossians 2:17
    These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ.
  4. What will people delight in, to try to cheat you of your reward?
    Colossians 2:18
    Let no one disqualify you, insisting on asceticism and worship of angels, going on in detail about visions, puffed up without reason by his sensuous mind,
  5. Why are they intruding into things they have not seen?
    Colossians 2:18
    Let no one disqualify you, insisting on asceticism and worship of angels, going on in detail about visions, puffed up without reason by his sensuous mind,
  6. How are they puffed up?
    Colossians 2:18
    Let no one disqualify you, insisting on asceticism and worship of angels, going on in detail about visions, puffed up without reason by his sensuous mind,
  7. What are they not holding fast to?
    Colossians 2:19
    and not holding 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.
  8. From whom is the entire body nourished?
    Colossians 2:19
    and not holding 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.
  9. How does the body grow?
    Colossians 2:19
    and not holding 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.

 Colossians 2:20-23

Why, as though living in the world, do you subject yourselves to regulations— “Do not touch, do not taste, do not handle,”

Colossians 2:20-23
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If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the world, why, as if you were still alive in the world, do you submit to regulations—
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“Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch”
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(referring to things that all perish as they are used)—according to human precepts and teachings?
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These have indeed an appearance of wisdom in promoting self-made religion and asceticism and severity to the body, but they are of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh.

  1. If you have died with Christ, what should you not subject yourself to?
    Colossians 2:20-21
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    If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the world, why, as if you were still alive in the world, do you submit to regulations—
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    “Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch”
  2. What are all these things that perish, according to?
    Colossians 2:22
    (referring to things that all perish as they are used)—according to human precepts and teachings?
  3. What appearance do these things have?
    Colossians 2:23
    These have indeed an appearance of wisdom in promoting self-made religion and asceticism and severity to the body, but they are of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh.
  4. What do these things have no value against?
    Colossians 2:23
    These have indeed an appearance of wisdom in promoting self-made religion and asceticism and severity to the body, but they are of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh.

So here is the big questionWhat traditions of men are you keeping, and why?

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