God’s mystery is Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasure of wisdom and knowledge.
Paul was concerned that the Colossians wouldn’t be tricked by others with plausible arguments.
Paul is there with the Colossians in Spirit.
We should walk in Christ with ____ which it the same way we received him… Grace, faith, repentance… ?
It’s our responsibility to make sure that no one teaks us captive to anything anti-Christ.
In Christ dwells the fullness of deity. (Divine status)
Christ is the head of all rule and authority.
Being in Christ is a spiritual circumcision.
Our (water ?) baptism is symbolic to Christ’s death and resurrection.
God raised Christ from the dead.
We were dead in trespasses and God made us alive having forgiven all of them.
God was able to forgive us our trespasses by “nailing it to the cross” - We broke the law, and Jesus paid our fine.
Because of what God did in Christ, we aren’t to allow judgment from others regarding food, drink, festivals, or the Sabbath.
These rules of the past were a shadow of things to come, but Jesus is the substance - He’s the real deal.
We don’t need to worship angles (and I’m sure other places tell us to explicitly not).
We don’t need to do asceticism, which is severe self-discipline and avoidance of all forms of indulgence, typically for religious (New Oxford American Dictionary)
Since we died in Christ, we don’t need to follow rules like “Don’t touch” or “Don’t taste”
These rules seem like they might even be beneficial, but they actually don’t help in stopping the indulgence of the flesh… I think this means that they may seem like they would help you with ‘holiness’, but they actually don’t.