Colossians

Our church, Covenant Evangelical Free Church, this year is going through the book of Colossians. I find this particularly relevant. The Book of Colossians is written by the Apostle Paul to the church in Colosse. Colosse was a city of southwestern Phrygia in the Roman province of Asia (Asia Minor) in what is now Turkey. Colossians is one of Paul’s four “prison epistles” the others being Ephesians, Philippians and Philemon.

This letter is said to be written around 60 to 61 A.D.

The letter seems to have been prompted by troubling news in the church of Colosse that a new teaching contrary to the Gospel of Jesus Christ was gaining some popularity in Colosse. The letter deals with 4 megathemes:

  1. The pre-eminence of Christ
  2. The problem of heresy
  3. The pursuit of godliness
  4. The proclamation of the Gospel

In a nutshell, Paul is re-focusing the church back to Christ.

I mention in my opening paragraph that I think this is particularly relevant. And the reason is that, as a Christian, the centrality of my and our faith is in Jesus Christ. The Colossian heresy was one where they were led to believe in other doctrines and not a Christ centred one. Some examples are the following of rituals (Colossians 2:16) and the worship of angels (Colossians 2:18), amongst others.

Relevant because today is the day of the gospel of Judas, the Da Vinci Code and while these may serve to distract, I believe as already believing Christians, going back to Colossians will ground our faith and the ability to deal with distractions which incidentally were predicted in the Bible.

So, in Jesus Christ, the prototokos (the firstborn or the pre-eminence of Christ), the musterion (the mystery of God) and the pleroma (the fullness of God) is manifest and it is enough.

The price has been paid for us and reconciliation to God is accomplished. It is done, it is finished. It is enough.

Tetelestai.

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