The book of Colossians was written by Paul and Timothy (1:1, 4:18) to Christians in Colossae (1:2) and was intended to be shared with their neighbouring church in Laodicea (2:1; 4:13,15-16). Paul makes clear his concern and efforts for these two churches, even though he does not know them personally (2:1).
These churches were founded by Epaphras (1:7-8; 4:12) who was in prison with Paul (1:7; 4:12; Philemon 22). It appears that Epaphras has been speaking to Paul about these churches, and in the discussion, it becomes clear that they are struggling with some of the same issues Paul has encountered elsewhere. Of particular concern to Paul are those false teachers who suggest that there is some hidden knowledge or “mystery” that must be discovered in addition to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Paul launches a robust defence of the gospel, and forcefully argues that the God has revealed everything in Jesus Christ, and that Christ and Christ alone is the heart of the gospel message. Refuting the false teaching that we need Jesus “plus something else” is a reoccurring theme in many of Paul’s letters.
Colossians contains incredibly truths about who Jesus is and what God has done for us through Christ. Like most of Paul’s letters, Colossians has a great list of folk who supported and worked alongside Paul in gospel ministry and the letter has much to say about how we conduct our relationships inside and outside of the church.
It takes about 20 minutes to read the whole of Colossians. As we read this beautiful letter together as a church, we would encourage everyone to read the whole of Colossians as many times as possible, that the wonderful truths of God’s word might sink deep into our hearts, minds and lives.