Article by Jack Wellman Jack Wellman is Pastor of the Mulvane Brethren Church in Mulvane Kansas. Christianity is a family, a way of life, and a relationship—not a religion. However, scholars have discovered incipient features of Gnosticism present even in pre-Christian movements. This view is very possible and perhaps even diplomatic 5. In keeping with their true identity, then, Christians are to cast aside sinful ways and live in virtue. His instructions to the Christian family and to slaves and masters require a new spirit of reflection and action. This letter challenges the believers in Colosse to look solely to the divinity of Jesus Christ, through whom we are all saved.
There is no necessary implication, in the name, that Paul would have been small in physical size. The Occasion and Date of the Epistle Several years after the church was established, around A. The Nature of the Heresy--Explicit and Implicit Indications about the Colossian Problem: 1. He then went on to show that all believers are complete in Christ who was Himself not only the fullness of deity in bodily form, but the fullness of salvation through whom all believers are reconciled to God 1:19-20; 2:9-10. Out of this naturally comes another idea. What I saw and heard in Chicago is a microcosm of your school, business, and community. Each section can be accessed by the simple menu found at the bottom of the file.
Introductory Remarks Because of the rising tide of human philosophies confronting us today, no New Testament book speaks with more relevancy than does the epistle to the Colossians. His Special Representatives 4:7-9 B. This is the purpose of the introduction. 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. The author follows the Pauline practice of closing the letter with his personal signature, as well as, making mention of his own situation as prisoner d.
Epaphras either visited Paul in Rome or was imprisoned there with him Philemon 23. Gnostic philosophy taught that matter was evil. Nevertheless, it is a question with at least some relevance to interpreting the books. Paul commends the community as a whole — ; this seems to indicate that, though the Colossians have been under pressure to adopt the false doctrines, they have not yet succumbed. It was a hollow and deceptive philosophy , lacking any ability to restrain the old sinful nature. The historical background of colossians.
Open your Bible please to Colossians 1:1-8. By the first century a. He closes the Epistle to the Colossians with commendations, greetings, and final instructions and blessings. Colossians the church of what is purpose book colossians? Jesus Christ is pre-eminent over all creation, God's chosen way for people to be and saved. Was in the Lycus valley 2. While we do not know what was told to Paul, this letter is his response.
Truth, it is assumed, might exist in mathematics and science, but not in religion or morality. Such tolerance is very important in our society, and we as Christians should maintain our conviction that no one should ever be coerced into believing as we do. Paul, without entering into debate over the existence of angelic spirits or their function, simply affirms that Christ possesses the sum total of redemptive power and that the spiritual renewal of the human person occurs through contact in baptism with the person of Christ, who died and rose again —. When I write, I change my style to a rather significant extent when I am writing to a more intellectual audience or to a more general audience. The key personalities include paul, timothy, tychicus, 21 may 2010 colossians is named for the city of colosse, where church it was addressed to this letter written from prison in rome acts 28 16 31 author and audience by paul during his first roman imprisonment saints faithful brethren at colosse 17 nov 2015.
This points to a pagan and mystical element in this heresy. Implicit References in the Book: a. How so—and what helped you recognize your efforts for what they were? It was a native Phrygian and cultic variety that was mingled with Eastern or Oriental mysticism. It cast doubt on the completeness of forgiveness in Christ 1:14; 2:13-14; 3:13 B. Destination: The letter is addressed to the church at Colossae 1:2 , a town in Asia Minor about one hundred miles east of Ephesus and 12 miles south of Laodicea and Hierapolis.
It used Christian words and Christian phrases, but with different meanings. Why should we try to restrict an author to his usual vocabulary under all situations. For biographical information on Paul, see Introduction to Romans: Author and Date. External Evidence Regarding the external evidence, S. Metzger, The Text of the New Testament: Its Transmission, Corruption, and Restoration, p. When we make Jesus Christ and the Christian revelation only part of a total religious system or philosophy, we cease to give Him the preeminence.