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Understanding the Book of Colossians

Updated on November 4, 2017
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Colossians is the Supremacy of Christ


Vital statistics of Colossians

Here are the vital statistics about the book of Colossians:

Purpose: To combat errors in the church and to show that believers have everything they need in Christ
Author: Paul the Apostle
Original audience: The church at Colosse, a city in Asia Minor, and all belivers everywhere.
Date written: It is approximately A.D. 60, during Paul's imprisonment in Rome
Setting: Paul had never visited Colosse. Evidently the church had been founded by Epaphras and other converts from Paul's missionary travels. The church, however, had been infiltrated by religious relativism, with some believers attempting to combine elements of paganism and secular philosophy with Christian doctrine. Paul confronts these false teaching and affirms the sufficiency of Christ
Key verses: "For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority." (Colossians 2:9-10)
Key people: Paul, Timothy, Tychicus, Onesimus, Aristarchus, Mark, Epaphras in a total of 7
Key places: Colosse, Laodicea (Colossians 4:15 -16)
Special features: Christ is presented as having absolute supremacy and sole sufficiency. Colossians has similarities to Ephesians, probably because it was written at about the same time, although, it has a different emphasis.

Background in the book of Colossians

This paragraph is the background that people should know in the book of Colossians because this book is more on Commander in Chief.

While Paul was in prison in Rome, awaiting his upcoming trial before Caesar, one of the letters he wrote was to the gathering of believers in the city of Colossae. Paul had never met them, although they knew he was in Ephesus. Epaphras was originally from Colossae, about 100 miles to the East. Paul sent him to bring the good news about Jesus to his city and to two other nearby cities, Laodicea and Hierapolis. Epaphras was later arrested and brought to Rome as a prisoner himself. Paul learn from him what has happening in those cities.

The Colossians were mostly gentiles , although like the Galatians they were being pressured to follow the Jewish law and were adding extra rules and false teachings to the faith. Some of them were priding themselves on having visions and getting secret spiritual knowledge. So Paul wrote them a letter to say, "When you've got Jesus the Messiah, you've got it all."

Paul emphasizes that all thing in heaven and earth were created by the Son and were reconciled to God by the Son's death on the cross. Christ possesses the fullness of God's being. Since the Colossians have been brought into the new kingdom of light, they can live their faith to the fullest. They are to put on the new self, awaiting the time the Messiah will appear openly, revealing his glory.

International Friendship

This is found in Colossians 1:1 -12

In 1980, Serafin was residing in Manila was composing a comic strip writing then suddenly the comic strip was reached in China

Kuan Kuan from China read the comics of Serafin from Manila, Philippines and she was amazed then she wrote a letter to Serafin. The letter was sent from China to Philippines. Serafin received the response from Kuan Kuan that leads to a result of pen-pal. In the end, they met each other through comics and they are happily married in Manilla, Philippines. This is a good example of international friendship because even if the situation is a man is from Philippines while the woman is from China the important part is they understand each other far far away.

Serafin and Kuan Kuan they met each other in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental in the Philippines

After reading the 12 verses of Colossians Chapter 1, the most unique verse in International friendship that is based on his letter to the Colossians which is found in Colossians 1:3 and the verse says "We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you." This is about the letters of Paul the Apostle overflow with the affection and gratitude for his friends.

Remember, any friendship can be gift from God. Although, nothing runs deeper than the relationships of those who share a bond in Christ. In fact, Jesus commanded his disciples and this is found in John 15:12 and the verse says "Love one another as I have love you."

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