Bible Study Colossians

Introduction to the Colossians Bible Study: Raised with Christ

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Before diving into our Colossians Bible Study; let us remember the place that the Word of God should have in our lives. 

2 Timothy 3:15-17 teaches us that all scripture is good to equip us and make us perfect before God, either with correction or instruction. 

Scripture is all we need to order our lives, evaluate our value system, grow in our spiritual lives, and know God’s will.

As we open the scriptures, pray with a sincere heart for the Lord to give you understanding so that you can grow with each portion you study. 

Meditate on the passage so that it travels from your mind to your heart. With this willingness to be taught, let’s start by looking at some details about the letter to the Colossians that will help us understand it better.

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Who wrote Colossians?

This letter is written by Paul (Colossians 1:1, 23; 4:18) from prison (4:3, 10, 18) possibly in Rome in the year 61 AD, addressed to the church in Colossae. 

The letter is the result of the reports made by Epaphras (1:7; 4:12), who brought the Gospel to this city and is going to visit Paul to let him know about various situations that the church in Colossae is facing.

Why was Colossians written?

The main purpose of the letter is to refute various false teachings that reached Colossae and were being introduced into the church. (see chapter 2:4, 8, 18) 

To address this situation, Paul does not go into the details of the false teachings, but instead focuses on highlighting the truths that the Colossians must not forget. 

In the upcoming lessons of the study, we will go into more detail, but Paul focuses on two truths: the supremacy of Christ and our life as we are raised with Him.

Colossians 1:2

About the Supremacy of Christ

Paul emphasizes and reminds them who Christ is.

  • He is fully God and fully man in one person (1:15-19; 2:9),
  • The one who performs the atoning work sufficient to save us (2:10-15) once and for all. 
  • Christ, the only mediator (1 Timothy 2:5)
  • The only one capable of paying our debt and fulfilling the law that we cannot fulfill. (1:20-22; 2:16-17, 20; 3:11) 

What is the main message of Colossians for us

Unfortunately, like the Colossians, we can take this truth for granted or forget the implications it has for our daily lives and for our eternal lives. 

It is my prayer that as we continue to study the letter together, we are encouraged to live in light of these implications.

One of those implications is that if we have put our faith in that expiatory and sufficient work of Christ, we are part of his body, and we must then stay connected to him who is our head. (1:18, 21-23; 2:19, 3:11) 

We have been Raised with Christ, and therefore evident changes must emerge in our lives; so that we can manifest his glory. (2:23; 3:4, 17) 

Regardless of the areas in which we are growing; we must live according to our faith. (3:18-4:1) 

Responding to the wonderful salvation we have received; we must be diligent with our spiritual life (3:16; 4:2)

What to expect from this Colossians Bible Study?

Prepare to be moved by the undeserved grace of the Lord and be challenged to leave our old life behind and be called upon so that each of our actions makes our wonderful Savior known to others. 

In each lesson, we will study a portion of the Letter to the Colossians. Please invite your friends and sisters to this Colossians Bible Study; so that they can be challenged together and share in the comments or on our Facebook page how you are doing with it.

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