The Book of Colossians

Introduction

For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and you have been given fullness in Christ. Colossians 2:9-10

The book of Colossians was written about the same time as Ephesians and Philemon, while Paul was imprisoned in Rome. It is one of four letters grouped together as The Prison Epistles.

Paul had never met the people at Colosse. In 1:4 he says that he had “heard of your faith.” It is likely that Epaphras was instrumental in founding the church at Colosse and perhaps its members met at Philemon’s home (Compare Acts 19:10, Colossians 1:7, and Philemon v.2 with Colossians 4:7-12)

Although Colosse wasn’t a port city like Ephesus, it was situated on a major trade route; it was therefore a magnet for all kinds of people and philosophies. In this letter, Paul refers to many false teachings that were creeping into the church and undermining the foundational truths of Christianity—especially those regarding the person and work of Jesus Christ.

Like the Colossian church, many twenty-first century churches seek to add to the basic truths and doctrines of Christianity. But as Paul writes in chapter 1, in Jesus alone the fullness of the Godhead dwells (v. 19), and in all things Jesus alone must have the preeminence (v. 18).

Join us as we study the book of Colossians. God’s twenty-first century church needs to be reminded of the sufficiency of Christ as surely as His first-century churches needed the reminder. We don’t need Jesus plus anything. We need Jesus. Period.

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