Summary of Colossians

Summary of Colossians

Written primarily in prison by the Apostle Paul… The Book of Colossians is known as a “Prison Epistle”. Paul sought to address some problems in the church where the members were mixing Greek philosophy in with Greek Theology.

In Chapters 1-2: Paul sends words of thanks to the faithful believers in Colosse. It is obvious that many people were teaching falsehoods about the nature of God and Jesus Christ, because Paul explained that “…we have redemption through his blood…” (Colossians 1:12) and he urges members of the church to “…preach, warning every many, and teaching every man in wisdom…” (Colossians 1:28). Paul expounds on baptism and our relationship to the Father and the Sons (Jesus Christ). It is as if he is re-teaching the members in the area about the Savior.

In chapters 3-4: Paul encourages the Saints to focus their “…affection on things above, not on things of the world.” (Colossians 3:2) He teaches believers how to live at home and manage family matters. He also teaches them how to get along with other believers and for them to put aside the petty situations that become obstacles in our lives that slow everyone down and prevent the spread of the Gospel. Paul teaches the meaning of forgiveness; “Forbearing one another and forgiving one another…” (Colossians 3:13)

Colossians 4

Colossians 4: Speech – Answers for All

                Paul urges ‘Masters’ to understand that they too have a Master in Heaven; “Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in Heaven.” (Colossians 4:1) While Paul was most likely referring to literal masters and servants, I think this can be applied to anything that men or women may have dominion or responsibility over. For example, a Husband has a duty to watch after his wife, being just and equal… and vice-versa. A human has dominion over the environment and animals, but it doesn’t mean that we should destroy the environment or animals without purpose. For we will be judged for all our actions, while caring for the earth during our time here.

Paul urges the Saints in Colosse to season their speech with Salt, because Salt does not perish; “Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.” (Colossians 4:6) In other words, our speech should always be long lasting, for positive reasons.

Paul ends his writings to the Colossians, but instructs them to read his epistles to them, to the church of the Laodiceans, and vice-versa;

“…when this epistle is read among you, cause that it be read also in the church of the Laodiceans; and that ye likewise read the epistle from Ladicea” (Colossians 4:16) Essentially, all scripture is good… even if it is not directed towards you.

Colossians 3

Colossians 3: Forgive One Another – Peace

                Paul urges the Saints at Colosse to seek “…things above, not on things on the earth.” (Colossians 3:2) Paul says that we ought to be ashamed on those who participate in; “…fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection [not within proper bounds], evil concupiscence [strong evil desire], and covetousness, which is idolatry.” (Colossians 3:5)

                Paul urges the Saints to not “Lie… to another…” (Colossians 3:9)  He says that when we are baptized, we put “…on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him…” (Colossians 3:10)

                Paul also urges the Saints to forgive one another and teach one another;

“Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another… Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” (Colossians 3:13;16)

Paul ends his address in this chapter by urging “Husbands…[to]…love your wives, and be not bitter against them. Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord. Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged” (Colossians 3:19-21) Essentially, Husbands need to love their wives and vice-versa… children should listen to their parents and parents should do well to not discourage their children. Simply put, families should help and love one another.

Colossians 2

Colossians 2: Beware of Deceit

                Paul warns the Colossians in Colosse about men who will come to them and attempt to confuse them with ‘doctrine of men’;

“Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.” (Colossians 2:8)

Paul explains that only through Christ can we be ‘complete’. Paul expounds on how baptism should be performed;

“Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.” (Colossians 2:12) Notice how he said ‘buried with him’, this means baptism by immersion. In our baptism is represents the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, as we follow him as a new and clean person. We should leave our sins behind in the baptismal font.

Colossians 1

Colossians 1: Christ created all Things

                Paul addresses the Colossians in Colosse and both Him and Timotheus greet the saints there. Paul explains that because they are followers of Christ, Jesus has made them “…partakers of the inheritance…” (Colossians 1:12) Paul explains this to drive home the point that members of Christ’s Church, His Saints… His Followers are all part of the wonderful plan that God set forth before the foundation of the earth was laid. We as followers of Jesus Christ share the inheritance that God will give us, this was only made possible through the “…redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins.” (Colossians 1:14) Through the suffering and crucifixion of Jesus Christ, we have been given a path back to live with our Heavenly Father, and through Christ obtain our inheritance with the Father and the Son.

Paul goes on to address the saints and explain that Christ created all things;

“For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, of powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, by him all things consist… he is the head of the body, the church…” (Colossians 1:16-18)

Paul comforts the saints to continue in the faith; “…continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel.” (Colossians 1:23)

                He explains that in every dispensation (when the authority is on earth and a prophet is called) that God reveals the mysteries of the world to His Children through the mouth of His servants the Prophets. Paul explains that he is a minister in that dispensation;

                “…I am made a minister according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God; Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:” (Colossians 1:26)

Paul urges the members of the church to preach to every man and warn them with wisdom of the sins and wickedness of the world, so that they may stand blameless before God in the Judgment Day;

                “… preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus.” (Colossians 1:28)