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The Letter to the Colossians is a gem.  In it we find much which tells us of the true nature of Jesus Christ.  It is relatively short (for one of Paul's letters).

That may be explained by certain facts:

  • Paul wrote this letter while in chains.  It is likely enough that he dictated it.
  • Paul had never been to Colosse;  he does not know these people personally.  His contact with them is through Epaphras, a fellow evangelist.

In this letter Paul adopts the more formal style of teaching which is also found in Romans.  In both cases he writes to those he doesn't know.  In this instance in particular, there is some evidence that the Colossians had been perturbed by a fraudulent letter which bore Paul's name.  He is at some pains to establish his credentials, but he does so not to admonish them but to instruct them correctly.  The letter remains useful for that to this day. 

Colossians 1:1-15 Prayer at a Distance -  Paul opens his letter to the Colossians - whom he has not met - with his prayer for them.
Colossians 1:15-29 Supremacy - The supremacy of Christ, our reconciliation with the Father and the hope of glory.
Colossians 2:1-12 Warning -  Paul's struggles in prayer for the Colossians for their Christian growth in the fullness of Christ.
Colossians 2:13 - 3:4 Set Your Mind - Paul encourages the Colossians to set their mind on things above, not giving way to legalism and Judgmentalism.
Colossians 3:5-17 The New Self - Paul deals with a version of the seven deadly sins, and their replacements in Christ.
Colossians 3:18 - 4:1 Reciprocal Relationships -  Paul lays out the reciprocal nature of the relationships between husband and wife, parents and children, slaves (employees) and masters (employers).
Colossians 4:2-18 Final Instructions - Paul's final instructions to individuals, and to the church to be wise in the ways of the world, redeeming the time - and that their conversation is always "seasoned with salt."
A newer series on this letter may be found here.