Introduction to the Book. Authorship Paul (in the company of Timothy 1:1) Paul includes a handwritten greeting at the end of the book (4:18) Why is Paul’s handwriting important or significant? . Introduction to the Book.
Colosse was located 100 miles east of Ephesus, and was one of three closely-situated cities (with Hierapolis and Laodicea).
The other two cities were known for pleasure, trade, recreation, and politics.
Colossae was simply known as a small town.
Colossae eventually fell into disrepair and the city of Chonae occupied its ruins.
Paul apparently never visited Colosse.
Colosse had mostly a pagan population with a strong intermixing of Jews.
In 62 B.C., there were 11,000 Jews intermingled in the tri-city area.
This explains the duality of the problems the church there faced.
This is one of four “prison epistles.”
Likely written during Paul’s imprisonment in Rome between 61 and 63 A.D.
The condition of the church seemed mostly favorable (1:4-5).
Paul warns against a relapse into paganism as well as pointed warnings about four particular areas of heresy.
Epaphras, with Paul at the writing of this letter, has brought news about the Church in Colosse.
Tells Paul about their “love in the Spirit.”
Seems careful to have balanced good news with bad news.
Thomas said to him, "Lord, we don't know where you are going, so how can we know the way?"
Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him."
Philip said, "Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”
Jesus answered: "Don't you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, 'Show us the Father'?
In Christ, we are without blemish and free from accusation.
Our part of the bargain is to hold fast in our faith, not moving from the hope we have in the Gospel.
What challenges you in how Paul and Epaphras prepared to deliver correction to their fellow believers?
What limitations have you consciously or subconsciously placed on Christ?
Are there any ideas or philosophies in your mind that are not subservient to Christ?