Monday, January 2, 2017

Background on the letter to the Colossians

Join me in a verse by verse look at the Book of Colossians in the New Testament. Over the coming days, let us glean from this letter written to give a view of the centrality of Jesus Christ.

The letters of Ephesians and Colossians are really twins. They belong together to complete each other. Where the letter to Ephesus deals with the body of Christ -- the church, the letter to Colossae deals with the head of the church -- Christ. The view that the letter to the Colossians was written by Paul is virtually unquestioned. Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians and Philemon make up the four letters called the “Prison Letters.” These were written during the time period when Paul was under arrest and imprisoned at Rome.

Three messengers had come to Paul in his imprisonment in Rome – Tychicus, Epaphroditus, and Epaphras. Paul in his time at Rome also came in contact with Onesimus, a run-away slave that Paul was able to lead to a saving relationship with Jesus Christ. These four messengers left Paul’s presence with the four letters that we call the “Prison Epistles” today.

Tomorrow, we will consider the town of Colossae. 

Prayer: Holy Father, open our minds and hearts to this letter preserved for us in Your Holy Word. Amen.

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