In our subsequent sermon series, Rooted, starting this weekend, we will be studying Paul’s letter to the Colossian church. As a quick comply with-up to our Lenten readings, we wanted to share with you the 4 chapters of this letter ahead of we start the series. We will send texts till Saturday with hyperlinks to these chapters.
1 For I want you to know how wonderful a struggle I have for you and for these at Laodicea and for all who have not noticed me face to face, 2 that their hearts could be encouraged, being knit with each other in adore, to attain all the riches of complete assurance of understanding and the expertise of God’s mystery, which is Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and expertise. 4 I say this in order that no a single could delude you with plausible arguments. 5 For though I am absent in physique, however I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the firmness of your faith in Christ.
6 For that reason, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so stroll in him, 7 rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you have been taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
8 See to it that no a single requires you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the planet, and not according to Christ. 9 For in him the entire fullness of deity dwells bodily,10 and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority. 11 In him also you have been circumcised with a circumcision produced without the need of hands, by putting off the physique of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, 12 getting been buried with him in baptism, in which you have been also raised with him via faith in the effective operating of God, who raised him from the dead. 13 And you, who have been dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive with each other with him, getting forgiven us all our trespasses, 14 by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. 15 He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing more than them in him.
16 For that reason let no one pass judgment on you in concerns of meals and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath. 17 These are a shadow of the factors to come, but the substance belongs to Christ. 18 Let no one disqualify you, insisting on asceticism and worship of angels, going on in detail about visions, puffed up without the need of explanation by his sensuous thoughts, 19 and not holding rapid to the Head, from whom the entire physique, nourished and knit with each other via its joints and ligaments, grows with a development that is from God.
20 If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the planet, why, as if you have been nevertheless alive in the planet, do you submit to regulations— 21 “Do not manage, Do not taste, Do not touch” 22 (referring to factors that all perish as they are utilised)—according to human precepts and teachings? 23 These have certainly an look of wisdom in promoting self-produced religion and asceticism and severity to the physique, but they are of no worth in stopping the indulgence of the flesh.
Scripture quotations taken from The Holy Bible, English Typical Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Fantastic News Publishers.
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