An Introduction to Colossians

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The book of Colossians was written by Paul the apostle to the people of the city of Colossae around the year AD 60.

Colossae sits on a ridge above the Lycus River in what is now Turkey. People passed thru Colossae as they traveled from Ephesus to the Euphrates; Ephesus was approximately 100 miles west of Colossae.

About 6 years before writing the letter to the Colossians, Paul had met Philemon and Epaphras while in Ephesus. Philemon was from the city of Colossae where he hosted meetings in his home for the believers in Colossae. Epaphras came to know the Lord thru his friendship with Paul. After spending time in Ephesus with Paul, Epaphras returned to Colossae to share his new found faith with his friends and family.

The letter to the Colossians was delivered to the believers of Colossae by Philemon's runaway slave, Onesimus, and Paul's friend and fellow servant, Tychicus of Asia. Paul was in prison at the time and had written this letter along with two others -- one a personal letter to Philemon and the other for the believers of Ephesus.

Today the city of Colossae is buried under a hill in Turkey. Although the city is no longer in existence, the words Paul wrote those that lived there so many years ago are still true. His words endure and speak great truths that are valuable to us even today.


The letter to the people of Colossae presents Jesus Christ to them as someone that is able to meet all their needs and the answer to all their challenges. Paul tells them who Jesus Christ is and what He can do for each of them. It answers the questions:

* Who is Jesus Christ?
* Is he a god?
* A created power?


Join me over the next few months and together we will look deeper into the words Paul wrote to the Colossians so many years ago. We'll answer the question "Who is Jesus Christ?" and we'll see that even today He meets our needs just as He did for the people of Colossae many, many years ago.


13 Thoughts Shared:

Beth in NC said...

I'm sure this will be interesting Melanie! I love God's Word!

Beth E. said...

I'm looking forward to it! :o)

Tricia said...

Hey Melanie! I look forward to reading about what God shows you through your study of His Word... I am so thankful you take the time to share with us! May God bless your time in His Word and give you great and deep insights and understanding!

Blessings!

Summer said...

Ooh....I'm excited!!!!! :)

Thanks!!!

-Summer

Debra said...

Melanie,

We have just studied this book and I'm interested in hearing your wisdom on it. Blessings to you!!

Amanda said...

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Meredith said...

yay! I am sooo looking forward to this. Thank you for being so faithful!! Can't wait!

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Makes me think of Paul's words...

"God's word cannot be chained" ... or buried beneath Turkey! I love the Apostle Paul. My first Beth Moore study was "to live is Christ." So powerful. I fell in love with God's Word during that season of my life. I look forward to reading more of your thoughts in the days to come. Will this be a regular thing?

peace~elaine

Darlene said...

Great idea...can't wait to see what God is going to teach us.
Blessings!

Peggy said...

WOW! Melanie...blessings! I did not know that you were doing a Bible Study on Mondays! I love the "gems" you share from God's Word! Hope I'm able to stay caught up with your Colossian study! You can only bury some things, and though the place is buried the Word is not! Praise God!

In our day & age we need to be aware of false teachers just like Paul was exposing & opposing!Press on, Melanie! May God's spirit lead & guide your study.

Susan said...

Great intro, great book! Thanks for sharing Melanie.

I appreciate your visit today♥

e-Mom said...

Amen! Thanks for the history lesson. Adding you to Bloglines for the rest of your study! :~D

Laurie Ann said...

I'm looking forward to following along.