A STUDY OF THE BOOK OF COLOSSIANS
AUTHORED BY: THE APOSTLE PAUL (Debated)
DATE WRITTEN: Around 60AD
MAIN CHARACTERS: Paul, Epaphras, Timothy
FACT: There are 34 words in the book of Colossians found nowheres else in the Bible
SETTING: This letter was written to the church in Colossae after Epaphras informs Paul that some false teachers were infiltrating the church that he established there. Paul constructs this letter to combat the heresy which stemmed out of Astrology, Gnosticism (that secret knowledge could save them), Mystery Religions, and also Hellenistic Judaism. Unfortunately, a devastating earthquake would totally wipe out Colossae in AD 61 and it is still in ruins to this day.
What is the Colossian Church?: The Colossian church was most likely founded by Epaphras (one of Paul's converts) and this church was held in the house of Philemon in Colossae.
More on the Apostle Paul-
Paul grew up in a strict Jewish household. His family was from the pharisee sect and he went to Jerusalem at an appropriate age to study under the guidance of Gamaliel (one of the most reknowned rabbis of the time) Paul grew into the confidences of the leaders of Judaism and was given some authority. He was responsible for the stoning of Stephen, but was converted to Christianity after becoming blinded by the glory of the Lord. He would recover his sight and go on to become one of the most influential figures in constructing the New Testament.
COLOSSIANS TOPICAL BREAKDOWN
The Supremacy of Christ (1:15-23)
Paul's Labor for the Church (1:24;2:7)
Freedom from Human Regulations through Life with Christ (2:8-23)
Warning to Guard against the False Teachers (2:8-15)
Pleas to Reject the False Teachers (2:16-19)
An Analysis of the Heresy (2:20-23)
Rules for Holy Living (3:1;4:6)
The Old Self and the New Self (3:1-17)
Rules for Christian Households (3:18;4:1)
Further Instructions (4:2-6)
Final Greetings and Benediction (4:7-18)