The Books of the New Testament
The Book of Colossians
Paul had been imprisoned at Rome and received
messages about heresies at the church in Colossae. Paul defended the faith by
exalting the person of Jesus, and clarifying the true doctrine of Jesus Christ.
To the Colossians
Author: Paul (Saul)
Date: 49, just
after Paulís first missionary journey
Christians in Colosse
Christ as Lord over the cosmos
The Deity of
Jesus. Paul focuses on the preeminence of Jesus in creation, redemption, and
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Colossians. "COLOSSE was a considerable city of Phrygia, and probably not
far from Laodicea and Hierapolis; we find these mentioned together, Colossians
4:13. It is now buried in ruins, and the memory of it chiefly preserved in this
epistle. The design of the epistle is to warn them of the danger of the Jewish
zealots, who pressed the necessity of observing the ceremonial law; and to
fortify them against the mixture of the Gentile philosophy with their Christian
principles. He professes a great satisfaction in their stedfastness and
constancy, and encourages them to perseverance. It was written about the same
time with the epistles to the Ephesians and Philippians, A.D. 62, and in the
same place, while he was now a prisoner at Rome. He was not idle in his
confinement, and the word of God was not bound. This epistle, like that to the
Romans, was written to those he had never seen, nor had any personal
acquaintance with. The church planted at Colosse was not by Paul's ministry, but
by the ministry of Epaphras or Epaphroditus, an evangelist, one whom he
delegated to preach the gospel among the Gentiles; and yet, I. There was a
flourishing church at Colosse, and one which was eminent and famous among the
churches. One would have thought none would have come to be flourishing churches
but those which Paul himself had planted; but here was a flourishing church
planted by Epaphras. God is sometimes pleased to make use of the ministry of
those who are of less note, and lower gifts, for doing great service to his
church. God uses what hands he pleases, and is not tied to those of note, that
the excellence of the power may appear to be of God and not of men, 2
Corinthians 4:7. II. Though Paul had not the planting of this church, yet he did
not therefore neglect it; nor, in writing his epistles, does he make any
difference between that and other churches. The Colossians, who were converted
by the ministry of Epaphras, were as dear to him, and he was as much concerned
for their welfare, as the Philippians, or any others who were converted by his
ministry. Thus he put an honour upon an inferior minister, and teaches us not to
be selfish, nor think all that honour lost which goes beside ourselves. We
learn, in his example, not to think it a disparagement to us to water what
others have planted, or build upon the foundation which others have laid: as he
himself, as a wise master-builder, laid the foundation, and another built
thereon, 1 Corinthians 3:10." - Matthew Henry (Read
Outline of the Book of Colossians (Scriptures and Topics Covered)
Jesus Christ Exalted - Chapter 1
Christianity Exalted - Chapters 2
Union with Christ Exalted - Chapter 3-4
Questions for further study.
Who were the Colossians?
Where was Colosse?
When did the Colossians receive Christ?
Who planted the church in Colosse?
Who was the author of the book of Colossians?
When was the book of Colossians written?
Where was the book of Colossians written?
What language was the book of Colossians written in?
What is the main theme in the book of Colossians ?
How does the Philippians give testimony to the glory of Jesus?
How is Colossians similar to Ephesians?
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