Freedom From Human Regulations Through Life With Christ
6So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, 7rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
8See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.
9For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, 10and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority. 11In him you were also circumcised, in the putting off of the sinful nature,[a] not with a circumcision done by the hands of men but with the circumcision done by Christ, 12having been buried with him in baptism and raised with him through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead.
Sometimes I find myself believing things based on tradition. I find myself pausing and asking, “WHY?” Why do I believe what I do? For example, if I hear of two bad things happening to people, why do I think, “I wonder who the 3rd will be?” If I say something like, “XYZ is going to happen,” then I think, “Well, now it won’t happen because I said it will.” Where does stuff like that come from?? How often do I fall for the deceptive and the hollow?
Because of Jesus, I have access to a full life – not a life of deception. That is awesome.
The section of the passage that really strikes me is the part that says that Jesus is the head over all authority that is put in place. It reminds me to respect the authority that Jesus put in place.