COLOSSIANS TOTAL CHAPTERS: 4
COLOSSIANS TOTAL VERSES: 95
TOTAL WORDS: 1,998
DATE WRITTEN: 61 AD
Supremacy Of Christ: The qualitative difference between the Christ and the other significant messengers of God.
BOOK OF COLOSSIANS KEY VERSES:
1:15-16: He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by Him and for Him.
2:8: See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.
3:12-13: Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
4:5-6: Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
Colosse was a small town in Asia Minor about 100 miles from Ephesus. Colosse was a dying city. Several hundred years before, it had been a flourishing town, but the booming neighboring cities of Laodicea and Hierapolis diminished its economic importance. Paul had never been there but it is likely that the church there was started by Epaphras a convert by Paul during Paul’s extended stay in Ephesus and then Epaphras returned home to tell the people in Colosse the good news. The most likely imprisonment that Paul refers to in this letter is his Roman custody, which dates the letter’s composition around 60 AD. This letter Paul wrote in response of heresies that came in his attention especially the deification of Angels and to declare in extremely favorable terms the superiority of Jesus Christ over other tempting powers. Paul states that these are ideas based on human tradition and are therefore worthless. He presents Jesus Christ as the supreme creator of all things who is entirely God in every way. Jesus has made peace with God and restored a right relationship with the Father through his blood shed on the cross.
CHAPTER WISE SUMMARY:
Chapter#1. Thanksgiving For The Colossian Believers. Paul’s Suffering And Stewardship. Seven Superiorities of Christ. What God Has Done Through Christ. Christ is the Creator and is preeminent.
Chapter#2. God is Complete. Christ, The Mystery Of God. Do Not Be Judged By Human Rules. Worshipping of angels. The cross drove away the old standards and ordinances.
Chapter#3. Fruit of Union With Christ. Put away your previous practices and adopt the Lord’s way. Advice to Christian households. Mutual Responsibilities In Christian Relationships.
Chapter#4. Further Advice For The Christian Life. Pray for open doors. Godly Examples: Tychicus, Onesimus, Epaphras. Paul asked the Colossians to remember him in prayer and makes reference to himself being in prison.