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“Deceptive philosophy” and “human tradition” teach that salvation comes through keeping God’s laws. Not true—it comes through faith in Christ.

BibleGateway: Colossians 2:6-17

ESV Text: Colossians 2:6-17

KJV Text:

The section starts at about 0:45 and ends at about 2:25

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6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: 7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. 8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. 9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. 10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: 11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: 12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.

     13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; 14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; 15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

     16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: 17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 389:
Not What these Hands have Done

— Organ Audio

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1. Not what these hands have done 
Can save this guilty soul; 
Not what this toiling flesh has borne 
Can make my spirit whole. 

2. Not what I feel or do 
Can give me peace with God; 
Not all my prayers and sighs and tears 
Can bear my awe-full load. 

3. Thy work alone, O Christ, 
Can ease this weight of sin; 
Thy blood alone, O Lamb of God, 
Can give me peace within. 

4. Thy love to me, O God, 
Not mine, O Lord to Thee, 
Can rid me of this dark unrest 
And set my spirit free. 

5. Thy grace alone, O God, 
To me can pardon speak; 
Thy power alone, O Son of God, 
Can this sore bondage break. 

6. I bless the Christ of God, 
I rest on love divine, 
And with unfaltering lip and heart 
I call this Savior mine.