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 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)