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Today, we have the incredible honor of starting a verse-by-verse study of the book of Colossians in the New Testament.
Many people say Colossians is their favorite book of the Bible. This life-changing book has the ability to transform your identity as you learn who you are in Christ.
Once you understand your identity, there is nothing man can do to you to change who God created you to be.
So, join in for this 2-minute introduction to the book of Colossians.
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Hey, welcome to The Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth.
Today, we have the honor of starting what many people say is their favorite book of the Bible, and that is the Book of Colossians. Now, this is a letter written by the Apostle Paul to the church in Colossae. And if you were with us during our study of the Philippians, Paul’s background while writing this letter is identical. Paul’s in house arrest in Rome awaiting trial before Caesar Nero. House arrest means that Paul rented something like an apartment rather than being inside prison walls, which doesn’t sound too bad until you realize that he’s stuck inside that apartment literally chained 24/7 to a Roman soldier. He can’t leave. He can’t work. BUT he can receive visitors. And many, many people far and wide took that opportunity to come and visit Paul.
Now, unlike with the church in Philippi, Paul had never been to Colossae.
About 8-10 years prior to this letter, Paul had been living and teaching the gospel in the city of Ephesus. While there, a man named Epaphras met Paul, became a believer of Jesus Christ, and sat under Paul’s teaching for a few years. God raised Epaphras up to move back to his hometown of Colossae 100 miles east of Ephesus and plant a church.
False teachings began creeping into that church that threatened the very life of it. Epaphras didn’t know how to deal with this, so he traveled to Rome where Paul was awaiting trial to get guidance.
Colossae was a small city in the middle of Asia. It’s not an important city. In fact, scholars label it as the least important city of all of Paul’s letter. It’s not known for its politics or business. However, the topics within this letter are some of the most important topics of any letter that Paul wrote.
So, we’ve got 4 chapters. 95 powerful versus. In the first two chapters, Paul outlines the supremacy of Christ. In the last two chapters, he teaches how we are to live based upon Christ’s supremacy.
This is an incredible letter that has the power to transform your identity here in 2021. Yes, it’s that powerful.
Remember to set yourself a daily reminder to listen in your favorite podcasting app or ask your Amazon smart speaker to “play Bible Study” as we begin in Colossians chapter one verse one.
Have a blessed day. I’ll see you soon.