Colossians 2: Let no one judge you in food or in drink, or sabbaths

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Colossians 2
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For I want you to know what a great conflict I have for you and those in Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh,
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that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ,
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in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
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Now this I say lest anyone should deceive you with persuasive words.
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For though I am absent in the flesh, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ.
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As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him,
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rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.
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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.
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For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily;
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and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.
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In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ,
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buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.
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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,
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having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.
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Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.
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So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths,
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which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ.
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Let no one cheat you of your reward, taking delight in false humility and worship of angels, intruding into those things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,
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and not holding fast to the Head, from whom all the body, nourished and knit together by joints and ligaments, grows with the increase that is from God.
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Therefore, if you died with Christ from the basic principles of the world, why, as though living in the world, do you subject yourselves to regulations;
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"Do not touch, do not taste, do not handle,"
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which all concern things which perish with the using; according to the commandments and doctrines of men?
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These things indeed have an appearance of wisdom in self-imposed religion, false humility, and neglect of the body, but are of no value against the indulgence of the flesh.

Colossians 2:1-3

2. 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 what a great conflict I have for you and those in Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh,
2
that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of 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?  Who was this conflict for?
    • Colossians 2:1
      For I want you to know what a great conflict I have for you and those in Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh,
  2. 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, and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ,
  3. 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

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

Colossians 2:4-5
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Now this I say lest anyone should deceive you with persuasive words.
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For though I am absent in the flesh, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ.

  1. Why did Paul say this?  How would some try to deceive them?
    • Colossians 2:4
      Now this I say lest anyone should deceive you with persuasive words.
  2. What was he rejoicing to see?
    • Colossians 2:5
      For though I am absent in the flesh, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ.

Colossians 2:6-7

4. 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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As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him,
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rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.

  1. As they have received Jesus, how were they to walk?
    • Colossians 2:6
      As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him,
  2. Who were they to rooted and built up in?  How were they to abound
    • Colossians 2:7
      rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.

Colossians 2:8-10

5. 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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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.
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For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily;
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and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.

  1. What are we to beware of?  How will they try to cheat you?  What is their empty deceit according to?  What are the traditions of men based on?
    • Colossians 2:8
      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.
  2. In whom does the fullness of the Godhead dwell bodily?
    • Colossians 2:9
      For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily;
  3. In whom are you complete?  Who is He the head of?
    • Colossians 2:10
      and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.

Colossians 2:11-15

6. 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 you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ,
12
buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.
13
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,
14
having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.
15
Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.

  1. How were we circumcised?  To be circumcised, what have we put off?
    • Colossians 2:11
      In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ,
  2. How were we buried with Jesus?  How were we raised with Him?
    • Colossians 2:12
      buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.
  3. Although you were dead in trespasses, how have you been made alive?  What have you been forgiven for?
    • Colossians 2:13
      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,
  4. What has He done with the handwriting of requirements (the law), that was against us?  Where did He nail the handwriting of requirements?  
    • Colossians 2:14
      having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.
  5. When He did this, who did He disarm?
    • Colossians 2:15
      Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.

Colossians 2:16-19

7. 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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So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths,
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which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ.
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Let no one cheat you of your reward, taking delight in false humility and worship of angels, intruding into those things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,
19
and not holding fast to the Head, from whom all the body, nourished and knit together by joints and ligaments, grows with the increase that is from God.

  1. What five things are not to let people judge about? 
    • Colossians 2:16
      So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths,
  2. Do we have to accept their judgmental statements?
    • Colossians 2:16
      So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths,
  3. What are food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or Sabbaths the shadow of?
    • Colossians 2:17
      which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ.
  4. What is the substance (the reality)?
    • Colossians 2:17
      which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ.
  5. What are we not to let anyone cheat us out of?
    • Colossians 2:18
      Let no one cheat you of your reward, taking delight in false humility and worship of angels, intruding into those things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,
  6. What will they take delight in? 
    • Colossians 2:18
      Let no one cheat you of your reward, taking delight in false humility and worship of angels, intruding into those things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,
  7. What do they intrude into? 
    • Colossians 2:18
      Let no one cheat you of your reward, taking delight in false humility and worship of angels, intruding into those things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,
  8. How are they puffed up?  
    • Colossians 2:18
      Let no one cheat you of your reward, taking delight in false humility and worship of angels, intruding into those things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,
  9. What are we to hold fast to?
    • Colossians 2:19
      and not holding fast to the Head, from whom all the body, nourished and knit together by joints and ligaments, grows with the increase 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 all the body, nourished and knit together by joints and ligaments, grows with the increase that is from God.
  11. How does the body grow?
    • Colossians 2:19
      and not holding fast to the Head, from whom all the body, nourished and knit together by joints and ligaments, grows with the increase that is from God.

Colossians 2:20-23

8. 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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Therefore, if you died with Christ from the basic principles of the world, why, as though living in the world, do you subject yourselves to regulations;
21
"Do not touch, do not taste, do not handle,"
22
which all concern things which perish with the using; according to the commandments and doctrines of men?
23
These things indeed have an appearance of wisdom in self-imposed religion, false humility, and neglect of the body, but are of no value against 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 nkjv}Colossians 2:20/zefaniabible}
  2. What is happening to all those things with the using? 
    • {zefaniabible text nkjv}Colossians 2:20/zefaniabible}
  3. What are these regulations according to?
    • Colossians 2:22
      which all concern things which perish with the using; according to the commandments and doctrines of men?
  4. How does their self-imposed religion, false humility, and neglect of the body, have an appearance of?
    • Colossians 2:23
      These things indeed have an appearance of wisdom in self-imposed religion, false humility, and neglect of the body, but are of no value against the indulgence of the flesh.