The Colossians received a letter from Paul which was brief, but powerful. He expressed in the first chapter their relationship with God , calling them ‘saints’. He expanded upon this blessing when he noted that they had been translated from the power of darkness into the kingdom of the Son of God’s love. Then to further express this blessedness, Paul spoke of Jesus in short but potent phrases. God’s blessing for the Colossians, and for all who obey him, are richly described in this chapter, concluding with Paul’s desire to present every man perfect in Christ.
Paul continued into the second chapter speaking of the blessings we have in Christ, in whom all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are found. He described the change each Christian has in life when they are baptized into Christ and through that act of faith are forgiven of their sins and have the blessings Paul describes. And, with that change we no longer serve that which we once did, whether it was the law of Moses like many of those Paul was writing to, or the philosophies of the world which others in Colossae had been following. There is the ever present challenge for the children of God to maintain their faith and their focus on Jesus.
This focus is described in the third chapter of Paul’s letter, encouraging us to set our mind on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God! We are to ‘put to death’ certain actions and attitudes as we ‘put on’ other actions and attitudes. These specifics should be reviewed by every saint on a regular basis for continued spiritual maturity and holiness. Paul was bold in giving instructions concerning family, work, and daily actions. And as we do these we are to give specific attention to one another, in the body of Christ, giving encouragement one to another even in song. All things, Paul said, are to be done in the name of the Lord. We are, therefore, to be certain that we follow the instructions found in the New Testament of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
As he was concluding the letter, Paul also requested that each one pray for him that he would speak the word of the Lord as he ought. This is a prayer which we can pray for one another, and seek for ourselves as well. Then Paul sent greetings from those with him and expressed his gratitude for faithful coworkers in the kingdom. The kingdom of Christ consists of each saint, and he is glorified by those described as faithful and serving one another.
This short letter teaches us deep things about God and his Son Jesus, as well as instructs us in our daily walk. As all other scripture, let us study this letter regularly and grow to the glory of God.