This letter has an important place in the New Testament because of its unique description of Jesus Christ. The Apostle Paul wanted his readers to understand that Jesus was completely adequate for every spiritual need. Paul exalts Christ as the very image of God (1:15), as the Creator (1:16), as the sustainer of all things (1:17), as the head of the Church (1:18), as the first to be resurrected from death (1:18), as the fullness of deity in bodily form (1:19), and as the reconciler of all things (1:20-22). And that’s in just the first chapter!
Paul wants believers to so completely understand what God in Christ has done for them that they will obey Him enthusiastically and praise Him joyfully without reservation. He wants them to understand that no other philosophy or religious system has any claims on their lives, for “They have been rescued from the dominion of darkness, brought into the kingdom of the Son of God” (Colossians 1:13), and been given fullness in Christ (Colossians 2:10). The believer’s “life is now hidden with Christ in God” (Colossians 3:3) and in Christ “are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:3).
Every believer should read this letter frequently. The thoughts and themes are worthy of careful reflection. The main themes of the letter apply to us just as they did to the believers in Colosse.
There are ten (10) messages in this series.