Thank you for clicking on our page for the Pauline epistle which is called Colossians, the letter is authored by the apostle Paul whilst he was in prison in Rome and is addressed to the church at Colosse, this is one of four epistles that are called “the prison epistles” (The others being Ephesians, Philippians and Philemon) This letter was written around 62AD. For other bible studies on other epistles please see our main epistle page.
The church at Colossae was about a hundred miles away from Ephesus and had seen better days. The city suffered devastation afterwards in the form of an earthquake. The city certainly had grander days in the past and used to be an influential city.
This letter follows a similar timeline to Philemon and is thought to have been delivered by Onesimus who is mentioned in the book of Philemon. The main theme of Colossians and why it is an important book to us today is that it was teaching about Jesus.
The letter is written to combat certain heresies and certain gnostic practices that were springing up in that day. Paul is keen to establish who Jesus was, as a creator, as the son of God and as the only true sacrifice and the only one who could have redeemed us from our sins.
We have the same heresies today, we have folks (and in some cases entire church movements) who deny Jesus was God, deny that he was triune with the father, classify him as a prophet/good man/good teacher/holy leader. To classify Jesus as less than God is not presenting a true Jesus. Any attempt to “reclassify Jesus” in order to remove his humanity or deity is an assault on the true nature of Christ.
This letter serves as a practical application of who Jesus was, gives an outline of the Christian life centered on the one it was named after – Jesus.
Below is a list of our Bible studies, please click on the hyperlinks in order to see the articles that deal with these issues, for your convenience I have also placed links in the comments section for these and other useful articles that link back to this page. (As the articles become live the hyperlinks will become active)
Line by line studies
Do it as serving the LORD – Colossians 3:23 – July 22nd 2014
Westboro Baptist Church are at it again – Colossians 4:5 – August 13th 2014
When the writers of the bible separated the books into chapters and verses to help indexing and finding verses, this book was split into 4 chapters, in many cases new chapters do not contain new thoughts and you will see bible studies cross over chapter lines.
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