Colossians 2:20-23

Let No One Disqualify You

20 If with Christ t you died to the u elemental spirits of the world, v why, as if you were still alive in the world, do you submit to regulations - 21 w "Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch" 22 ( x referring to things that all perish as they are used) - according to y human precepts and teachings? 23 These have indeed an appearance of wisdom in z promoting self-made religion and asceticism and severity to the body, but they are a of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh.

  1. Cross References
    Romans 6:2
    By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?
  2. Cross References
    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. Cross References
    Galatians 4:9
    But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and worthless elementary principles of the world, whose slaves you want to be once more?
  4. Cross References
    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.
    1 Timothy 4:3
    Who forbid marriage and require abstinence from foods that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.
  5. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 6:13
    Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food" - and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.
  6. Cross References
    Isaiah 29:13
    And the Lord said: "Because this people draw near with their mouth and honor me with their lips, while their hearts are far from me, and their fear of me is a commandment taught by men.
    Matthew 15:9
    In vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.'
    Titus 1:14
    Not devoting themselves to Jewish myths and the commands of people who turn away from the truth.
  7. Cross References
    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. Cross References
    1 Timothy 4:8
    For while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.
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