Commentary on Colossians: Introduction

Author:  The Apostle Paul

Date Written:  Around A.D. 60, apparently during Paul’s first imprisonment in Rome.

Addressed To:  To “the saints and faithful brethren in Christ who are at Colossae”  (Col 1:2)

Details Regarding Colosse:

–  Located along the Lycus River in central Asia Minor, in modern Turkey

–  About 100 miles east of Ephesus

–  Ten miles from Laodicea

–  Thirteen miles from Hierapolis

–  No mention of Colossae in any other book of the Bible

–  There is no record or evidence of Paul ever being there (Col 2:1)

–  Epaphras was a key minister for the church there, as well as for the church in Laodicea and in Hierapolis. Was evidently the first to preach the gospel of Christ to them. (Col 1:7; Col 4:12-13)

Highlights of the Book:

–  Very similar to the book of Ephesians in places.

–  One of the purposes of writing, was to refute the heresy of Gnosticism, which in Colosse also involved the works of the law and antinomianism – the teaching that under grace a person may fully yield to the appetites and passions of the body. This would be similar to the teaching today that says we can be saved and live any way we please. Or to put it the other way around, that we can live any way we please and still maintain our salvation.

–  Clearly reveals the deity of Christ. (Col 1:15-19; Col 2:9-10)

–  Provides a wonderful model for prayer. (Col 1:9-12)

–  Refers to our transfer from the sphere of darkness into the Kingdom of Christ. (Col 1:13)

–  Refers to our spiritual resurrection with Christ. (Col 3:1)

–  Refers to the return of Christ. (Col 3:4)

–  Provides a strong warning about the consequences of practicing sin. (Col 3:5-6)

–  Talks about the putting off of the old self and the putting on of the new. (Col 3:9-14)

–  Gives instructions to wives, husbands, children, fathers, slaves (employees), masters (employers). (Col 3:18-4:1)

–  Provides a lot of instruction regarding Christian character and living the Christian life.

–  Provides a list of those who were serving the Lord faithfully.