Colossians or the Epistle of Paul to the Colossians is the 12th book of New Testament. According to the book, it was written by Paul the Apostle while he was on his way to the Church of Colossae, a minor Phrygian city located near Laodicea, approximately at a distance of 100 miles from the city of Ephesus in the Asia Minor. Although many scholars have expressed their doubts as to whether Paul was truly the writer of this text, its authenticity bearing the distinct stamp of Paul’s literary tendencies have led countless others to attribute its authorship to Paul.
Colossae is located in the area of seven churches as stated on the Book of Revelations. The presence of local brethren for the areas of Laodicea, Hierapolis and Colossae is mentioned in Colossians 4:13. Some members of the Colossae congregation incorporated certain pagan elements in their religious practices which included the worshipping of elemental spirits. This epistle declares supremacy of the Christ Being over the entire universe and encourages Christians to dedicate their lives to the God. The text of Epistle to the Colossians is divided into two sections: chapters 1 and 2 discuss the doctrines, and chapters 3 and 4 discuss various aspects of conduct in relation to Christianity.
In the first two chapters, Christ is held as the firstborn of everything that has ever been created and who reigns supreme over all of creation. All things on heaven and earth were created through his being and for him; in fact the whole universe obtains its sustenance from him. God chose to dwell in Jesus Christ as his complete being. With the death of Christ, all of the so-called cosmic entities revered by false prophets were discarded. Christ is the Supreme Being who presided over all of the angelic forces; he was also the primary figure of the church. He is the sole mediator between God and all of humanity and serves as the distinct angel of cosmic reconciliation.
It is believed that the Father Who is heaven delivered humanity from the powers of darkness and led to the Kingdom of Jesus, His only beloved Son. Jesus not only brings salvation through the church; he also redeems everything that has ever been created, whether on heaven or on earth. The second chapter ends with a warning of the dangers that might ensue if a person deviates from the path of Christ. Colossians also praises the overall spiritual growth of its recipients as they place their love on all the separate aspects of Christ that make up the whole. Instead of just dabbling in mere sentimentality, it helps them to cultivate love immersed in knowledge and wisdom.
The second part of the book denounces certain ascetic practices or the avoidance of some food materials. Believers in Christ share unity among them and do not differentiate between slavery and freedom, circumcised or uncircumcised, etc. He further instructs people how to manage their social and domestic obligations. He advocates people to get rid of petty issues that bring obstacles in our daily lives thereby leading us away from our true paths. Paul also explains the importance of forgiving enemies and how love is the only means to find Christ in us. Sign up to receive Daily Bible Quotes from Colossians.