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See that no one robs you of what Christ offers you or takes you captive through philosophy and empty deceit according to the tradition of men, according to the stoicheion* of the world and not according to Christ. For in Him the whole fullness of deity dwells in bodily form, and you have fullness in Him who is the head of every principality and power. Col. 2:8-9

The Colossians apparently had a number of competing philosophies to choose from. Since pre-history humans have created explanations for natural phenomenon and developed mythologies to address fundamental questions like “Why am I here?” and “Why did that happen?” and “Are there forces that determine catastrophe or success, and can I influence them for my benefit?” Religions developed from these stories and the leaders who regulated religious thought could control human culture and command its wealth. Some early scientists and philosophers also attempted associate human fate with natural phenomena like elements, planets, or bodily humors (fluids). Christ came to free humans from reliance on all the principles (including the law) that humans thought governed their fate and instead present Himself as preeminent, sufficient, loving, gracious, abundant, and available God. Christ is not a deity who is separate from humanity, but instead dwells in humanity and causes humanity to dwell in Himself.

Lord, I am complete in You.

*Stoicheion can mean element, rudiment, or principle;  “any first thing from which others belonging to some series or composite take their whole”; spoken sounds of the alphabet; four elements (earth, water, air, fire); principles of religious thought; stellar spirits associated with heavenly bodies (angels or demons).