Category: A group of biblical books that have a similar literary genre or main themes and have been placed together as a major section of the Bible.
Epistle: Letters that were commissioned from the original circle of Jesus’ apostles and sent to various Jesus communities around the ancient world.
Literary Style: A unique style of writing that follows recognized literary conventions and language patterns.
Prose Discourse: A speech that makes persuasive claims through a logical sequence of thought and clear patterns of rhetoric.
Letter: An ancient Jewish-Roman style letter, written to an individual or community, that seeks to persuade the readers to live consistently with the truths they have already embraced.
Paul encourages the Colossian Christians to see Jesus as the center of all reality, so they don’t give in to pressure from other religions.
Watch our Read Scripture video on the book of Colossians, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. There is one Read Scripture video dedicated to the book of Colossians, which aims to help you see its unique contribution to the story of Jesus, but also how it works within the Bible’s overall framework.
In the book of Colossians, Paul addresses problems the Church faces and encourages believers to remain devoted to the exalted Jesus.
Because of Jesus' position as the firstborn and head of the body and because of His resurrection, they are reconciled to God, free from the law and able to live transformed lives. They are joined to Jesus as new creations and are part of His new multi-ethnic family.
As members of the new humanity, no part of their human existence remains untouched by the loving and liberating rule of Jesus. Their suffering, temptation to compromise, moral character and the power dynamic in their home must all be re-examined and can be transformed.
Jesus is the true image and firstborn of creator God. At the cross, he reconciled man and now dwells among us as the body's head.
The Suffering Apostle
Paul's suffering is not a sign of defeat. It's his way of participating in Jesus' own suffering done as an act of love for us.
Pressure to Turn Away
The book of Colossians encourages Christians to not compromise or turn from Jesus. They must grasp who Jesus is and what He did for them.
The Resurrection Life
Because of Jesus' resurrection, believers become part of a new humanity that's joined to Him, and their lives are changed and transformed here on earth.
As part of the new humanity, Christians serve and please Jesus alone. Their devotion to the exalted Messiah transforms their lives, households and every relationship.