The Word Is Alive


The letter was probably written circa AD62 by Paul from his Roman prison, and he wrote it at roughly the same time as the letters to Philemon, Ephesians, and probably a letter to the Laodiceans. All the letters were sent with Tychicus and Philemon’s escaped slave Onesimus.

The main theme of the letter is that Christ is Lord over all of creation, including the invisible realm. He has secured redemption for his people, enabling them to participate with him in his death, resurrection, and fullness.

The church at Colossæ apparently got its start during Paul’s three-year ministry in Ephesus (AD52–55). During this time, a Colossian named Epaphras probably travelled to Ephesus and responded to Paul’s proclamation of the Gospel. This new convert then returned to his hometown and began sharing the good news of Christ, which resulted in the birth of the Colossian church. At the time this letter was written, Epaphras is with Paul in Rome and had likely shared the bad news that there was a dangerous teaching threatening the church at Colossæ. This prompted Paul to write this letter in response to this situation and to encourage these believers in their growth toward Christian maturity.

Paul also takes the opportunity to encourage these believers to press on to maturity in Christ by continuing in their battle against sin, pursuing holiness in Christ, and learning to live as distinctively Christian households.

Regional map

Book Youtube Date
Introduction Watch 23 May 14
Chapter One Watch 30 May 14
Chapter Two Watch 04 June 14
Chapter Three Watch 06 June 14
Chapter Four Watch 10 June 14
Summary Watch 10 June 14

There is some supplementary material for the book and a mind map of its structure that may prove useful for study.