Simply Colossians Introduction
Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ who are in Colosse: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (Colossians 1:1-2, NKJV)
Following in the tradition of letter writing in that day, the author’s name is given first. The author was Paul; he wrote the letter while in Roman custody, under house arrest (Colossians 4:3, 4:10, and 4:18), probably from Rome and around a.d. 63.
Paul was qualified to write this letter of instruction to the Colossians, though he had never met them personally because he was an apostle.
“The literal meaning of apostolos is ‘one sent’; but at its deepest level it denotes an authorized spokesman for God, one commissioned and empowered to act as his representative.” – Curtis Vaughan
Timothy was an important companion of Paul and an integral part of his ministry, but he was not an apostle.
“Though Timothy is here joined in the salutation, yet he has never been understood as having any part in composing this epistle. He has been considered as the amanuensis or scribe of the apostle.” – Adam Clarke
When Paul addressed the saints, he did not separate some Christians from others in the Colossian church. Every true Christian is a saint. However, Paul may make a distinction with the phrase faithful brethren. He may refer to those who haven’t embraced the false teaching that concerned Paul so much in this letter.
Points To Ponder
- Paul was writing in the will of God.
- It is important to live our lives and minister to others in the will of God.
- When you are in the will of God, your life will be more fulfilling and your ministry more effective.
Holy Father God, thank You for Your word. We pray that You would bless this study of Colossians. Help us to learn and apply the lessons of this book. In Jesus name, Amen.
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