THE EPISTLE OF PAUL
D. The Mystery of God
1 For I want you to know how great a astruggle I have for you and for those in bLaodicea, even all who have not seen my face in the flesh,
2 That their hearts may be 1acomforted, they being knit together in 2love and unto all the 3riches of the 4bfull assurance of understanding, unto the full knowledge of the 5cmystery of God, Christ,
3 In whom all the treasures of 1awisdom and knowledge are hidden.
4 This I say that no one may 1delude you with 2apersuasive speech.
5 For even though I am absent in the flesh, yet in the 1aspirit I am with you, rejoicing and seeing your order and the solid basis of your faith 2in Christ.
6 As therefore you have 1areceived the Christ, Jesus the Lord, 2bwalk in Him,
7 Having been 1arooted and being bbuilt up in Him, and being established 2in the faith even as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
E. The Body of All the Shadows
8 Beware that no one carries you off as spoil through his 1philosophy and aempty deceit, according to the 2btradition of men, according to the 3celements of the world, and not according to 4dChrist;
9 For in Him dwells all the 1afullness of the 2Godhead 3bodily,
10 And you have been made 1full in Him, who is the aHead of all 2rule and authority.
11 In Him also you were acircumcised with a 1circumcision 2not bmade with hands, in the 3putting off of the body of the flesh, in the circumcision of Christ,
12 1aBuried together with Him in baptism, in which also you were 2braised together with Him through the 3faith of the operation of God, who craised Him from the dead.
13 And you, though 1adead in your offenses and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, He 2bmade alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our offenses;
14 1aWiping out the 2handwriting in 3ordinances, which was against us, which was contrary to us; and He has taken it out of the way, 4nailing it to the cross.
15 1Stripping off the 2arulers and the authorities, 3He made a 4display of them openly, triumphing over them in 5it.
16 Let no one therefore judge you 1in aeating and in drinking or in respect of a 2bfeast or of a 3cnew moon or of the 4dSabbath,
17 Which are a 1ashadow of the things to come, but the 2body is of 3bChrist.
18 Let no one 1defraud you by judging you unworthy of your aprize, in bself-chosen 2lowliness and the worship of the angels, 3dwelling on the things which he has 4seen, vainly cpuffed up by 5his mind set on the flesh,
19 And 1not aholding the Head, 2bout from whom all the 3Body, being richly supplied and knit together by means of the 4joints and 5sinews, 6grows with the 7growth of God.
20 1If you 2adied with Christ from the 3belements of the world, why, as living in the world, do you subject yourselves to cordinances:
21 1Do not handle, nor taste, nor touch,
22 (Regarding things which are all to 1aperish when 2used) according to the bcommandments and teachings of men?
23 1Such things indeed have a 2reputation of wisdom in self-imposed aworship and lowliness and 3bsevere treatment of the body, but are 4not of any value against the cindulgence of the flesh.