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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, that their hearts may be encouraged, attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding of the mystery of God.

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. Who did he want to know about the great conflict that he had?
    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. Who was this conflict for?
    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,
  3. What did Paul want for their hearts? 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 is hidden in the Father and Christ?
    Colossians 2:3
    in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

Colossians 2:4-5

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

Colossians 2:4-5
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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.

  1. Why did Paul say this?
    Colossians 2:4
    I say this in order that no one may delude you with plausible arguments.
  2. How would some try to deceive them?
    Colossians 2:4
    I say this in order that no one may delude you with plausible arguments.
  3. What was he rejoicing 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.

Colossians 2:6-7

As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith.

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.

  1. As they have received Jesus, how were they to walk?
    Colossians 2:6
    Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him,
  2. Who were they to rooted and built up in?
    Colossians 2:7
    rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
  3. How were they to abound?
    Colossians 2:7
    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, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.

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 are we to beware of?
    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. How will they try to cheat 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.
  3. 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.
  4. What are the traditions of men based on?
    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.
  5. In whom does the fullness of the Godhead dwell bodily?
    Colossians 2:9
    For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily,
  6. In whom are you complete?
    Colossians 2:10
    and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority.
  7. Who is He the head of?
    Colossians 2:10
    and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority.

Colossians 2:11-15

And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us.

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. To be circumcised, what have we put off?
    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 we buried with Jesus?
    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. How were we 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.
  4. Although you were dead in trespasses, how have you been made alive?
    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,
  5. What have you been forgiven for?
    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,
  6. What has He done with the handwriting of requirements (the law), that was against 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.
  7. Where did He nail the handwriting of requirements?
    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.
  8. When He did this, who did He disarm?
    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 five things are not to let people judge 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. Do we have to accept their judgmental statements?
    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.
  3. What are food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or Sabbaths the shadow of?
    Colossians 2:17
    These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ.
  4. What is the substance (the reality)?
    Colossians 2:17
    These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ.
  5. What are we not to let anyone cheat us out of?
    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. What will they take delight in?
    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 do they intrude into?
    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,
  8. 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,
  9. What are we to hold 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.
  10. From whom is all the body nourished and knit together.
    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.
  11. 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

Therefore, if you died with Christ from the basic principles of the world, why do you subject yourselves to regulations; "Do not touch, do not taste, do not handle," according to the commandments and doctrines of men."

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. Therefore,if you died with Christ from the basic principles of the world, what regulations should you not subject yourselves to? {zefaniabible text esv}Colossians 2:20/zefaniabible}
  2. What is happening to all those things with the using? {zefaniabible text esv}Colossians 2:20/zefaniabible}
  3. What are these regulations according to?
    Colossians 2:22
    (referring to things that all perish as they are used)—according to human precepts and teachings?
  4. How does their self-imposed religion, false humility, and neglect of the body, have an appearance of?
  5. 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.
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