“Wherefore if yee bee dead with Christ frō the rudiments of the world: why, as though liuing in the world, are ye subiect to ordinances?”
1611 King James Version (KJV)
2:20 Therefore - The inference begun, #Col 2:16|; is continued. A new inference follows, #Col 3:1|. If ye are dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world - That is, If ye are dead with Christ, and so freed from them, why receive ye ordinances - Which Christ hath not enjoined, from which he hath made you free.
Col 2:20 Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ. Ye died with Christ, died to the world, and to its rudiments, or fleshly ordinances. See notes on Col 2:8,12. As though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances. Why, then, as though belonging to the world, should you be subject to obsolete Jewish ordinances?