Colossians 1

Before Reading.

  • Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.

Reading.

  • Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
  • Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
  • Take a note if you have question, inspiration.  

Read      Colossians 1  

The supremacy of Jesus Christ.  

Colossae was one of three cities of Hierapolis and Laodicea, at Lycos Valley in Phrygia in the Roman province of Asia, currently located in northern Turkey.   When Apostle Paul wrote this letter to Christians in Colossae, the population of the city was consisted mainly of indigenous Phrygian and Greek settlers, and Jews from Mesopotamia and Babylon. The city of Colossae was diverse culturally and religiously. This was a serious factor that provoked the crisis that threatened to engulf the church in Colossae with heresy— visionary experience and asceticism, the elemental Spirits of the universe and dualistic cosmology, the philosophy as syncretistic. They were from Greek philosophy (2:4, 8-10), Judaism (2:11-17), and eastern mysticism and Iranian astrology (2:18-23).  

Apostle Paul had not established the church in Colossae nor had he visited her. It was believed that while he was in Ephesus, Christians moved to Colossae and the church was established led by Epaphras, who was described as Apostle Paul’s fellow-servant and the faithful minister of the Colossian Church, and who was later connected also with Hierapolis and Laodicea. It was believed that the membership of the Colossian church was largely composed of Gentiles (1:21).

Having been informed of the faith crises in Colossian church from Epaphra (v.9), Apostle Paul wrote this letter when he was imprisoned in Rome, to teach them of theological spectrum of faith such as who Jesus Christ was, salvation, living in faith, Christians in the church and in the world, wisdom and grace.  The supremacy of Christ is the main theme of his letter.

Apostle Paul began his letter with his typical greeting and thanksgiving, followed by Trinitarian prayer (v.10-12), the knowledge of God (v.12-14), the supremacy of Christ (15-20), redemption through Christ (v.21-23). Jesus Christ was the fullness of the word of God, the glorious mystery that revealed to believers for which he was called to preach.

In the world of confusion, syncretism, religious diversity, we read the book of Colossians as the gospel, good news of Jesus Christ.  

After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.

  • Reflect on this question, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
  • Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
  • Live it out through the day.

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