Paul’s Epistle to the Colossian Church, written during his first imprisonment in Rome around AD 60 – 62. He writes to the church in Colossae opening with his appreciation and gratitude to the Christians who have shown so much faith and love in Christ Jesus: learning, understanding and living His grace as shared lovingly by a loyal servant Epaphras.
Paul emphasises the need for constant renewal in the Spirit to equip them not to seek pleasure in sinful acts. By his words he is encouraging the Colossian Christians to put aside living by the rule of law which condemns but to set their sights above on higher things, outside the control of earthly spiritual forces and sins of the flesh.
The book of Colossians seeks to remind us of the power of faith and by faith, revelation of God’s will through the Holy Spirit. Paul compliments the Colossian Christians, praising their commitment to spreading the gospel and bearing fruit.
Paul encourages his brothers and sisters to continue to be strengthened with God’s power to build endurance and patience, remaining thankful for the blessings from Him, living out their redemption in the kingdom of light through Christ Jesus who mirrors the image of God. Now we are in His favour, spotless and righteous, redeemed by the blood of Jesus through his physical death. Paul adds that they should stand firm and hold true to the message of the gospel being faithful in its deliverance.
Paul writes that he bears much suffering for the church but admits that what he is going through does not compare to Christ’s pain. He reminds the church that his mission is to proclaim the glory of Christ to all nations.
Colossians 1:27: To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
As Christians today, what do you think Paul means by this?
Lord Jesus help us to serve by your example, living a life of grace and humility. Amen.