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Ready to Dive In?

 

Ready to dive into our study of Colossians? I hope you’ll commit to reading chapter one several times as we work our way through it. The more you read a portion of Scripture, the more you’ll become familiar with it and begin to grasp the meaning of it.

Today, I’m giving you a research assignment to help in our preparation to study Colossians. When we read a book, we need to understand what, when, why, and who. We need to get some background information to put that book in the right context for study.

I’m giving you a list of questions and hope you’ll use a good study Bible or commentary (or go online to research) and find the answers:

  1. When was Colossians written?
  2. Who is the author?
  3. Who was the book written to?
  4. Why was it written? (Purpose)
  5. Where was Colossae?
  6. What is the main theme of the book?
  7. What was happening in Christian history and in the culture at the time of writing?
  8. How would this book encourage the readers in the 1st Century?
  9. How does studying Colossians encourage you today?

I would love to hear your answers to any of these if you want to leave a comment!

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10 Comments

  • Roseanne

    I love that it appears that Paul wrote Colossians to increase the believers knowledge of God in opposition to their current culture. We need to apply it in our own lives to counter the onslaught of compromise so prevalent today. We, as believers, are expected to tolerate evil and sinful behavior as a act of love. That is not what God’s word commands us to do! Paul is encouraging them and us to bring our focus back to Jesus and what He did for us.

  • Pauline Butler

    Written by Paul around A.D. 60 to the church at Colosse, which is located in Asia Minor, and to all believers to combat false teaching that had crept into the church and to show that Christ is all we need. He is God; He is the head of the church; we are in union with Him. By Him we are reconciled to God. The 1st century believers probably drew great encouragement from the fact that they were no longer bound by all of the man-made ordinances that had been placed upon them. Christ had set them free from sin and from the yoke of men. To receive a letter from Paul while he was imprisoned in Rome that expressed such great confidence in the gospel and exalted the Lord Jesus Christ reminding them that in Christ they have all the fullness of God, as well as expressing his love for them and his faithfulness in praying for them with thanksgiving in his heart, must have given them courage to stand firm on the truth and to resist the doctrine of men. These words, likewise, remind me and encourage me of all that He is and of all that I have in Him.

  • Kimberly Wagner

    I agree, Roseanne ~

    There is much that we can apply to our lives from this book and the cultural issues the first century believers were facing is quite similar to what we’re dealing with today! Glad you’re digging in with us! 🙂

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Yes, Pauline!!

    Thank you for sharing from your research. I’ll be posting some of the context info on Monday, and it is right in line with what you found. So glad you’re digging into Colossians with us! 🙂

  • Jody

    Just finished these questions on a beautiful Friday afternoon in upstate New York. Studying the book of Colossians encouraged me and reminded me that our Great God has rescued me from the domain of darkness(when I was dead), and transferred me into the Kingdom of the Son He loves. I am redeemed and forgiven because of Jesus Christ. God came and got me from the darkness and brought me into the Light!!Colossians 1:13-14
    Praise His Holy Name!!!

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Hello, Jody ~

    So glad you’re joining us! I love what you shared! Praising Him with you, all the way from down south! 🙂

  • Jackie

    Some of the things I found out by looking at a couple different commentaries (IVP NT Bible Background Commentary) were: 1) Colossae and Laodicea were very close to each other in the region of Phrygia, Asia Minor. Modern day Turkey.

    Since Colossae was on a major trade route it had a tendency to pick up religious and philosphical views from all the people/traders coming to do business. Much like a metropolis would today. The people of Colossae had a reputation for practicing religion with intensity and frenzy. There were attracted to mystical religions in particular. Several forms of these which may have influenced the Colossian church were: mystery cults, Hellenistic mysticism, Hellenistic Judaism, and Qumran Judaism. Also “ecstatic” elements of local Judaism was an influence.

    The history of Christianity shows that Colossae would continue to exhibit unorthodox tendencies in subsequent centuries.

    I think that with all the differing religious ideas surrounding them, esp. mystery religions that required some sort of esoteric knowledge which was necessary to gain more and more insight and thus, spirituality/closeness to God, that to hear about the supremacy of Christ and that they have access to him by faith, that must’ve taken a load off.

    For today, in our pluralistic society, much like Colossae, I think the reassurance of the supremacy of Christ and the gospel is an anchor in the storm and turmoil of conflicting views and worldviews. I know whom I have believed and can entrust him to guard that which has been entrusted to Him until that day. This brings a peace amidst the chaos of our world.