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Colossians

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OVERVIEW

Author: Paul

Time: AD 61

Summary: The letter to Colosse was written in response to heresy that had been brought to Paul's attention. The major errors that had crept into the church seemed to have been: (1) the exaltation of angels or other "elemental spirits"; (2) the emphasis on ascetic or liturgical practices thought to produce spirituality; and (3) claims to a special knowledge beyond that found in the Gospel of Christ. Paul states that these are philosophies based on human tradition and are therefore worthless. He teaches love, humility, submission to authority, and finally prayer to establish a believer in the wisdom of God.

Key verse: "See, to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ" (Col 2:8).

Outline

1. Introduction: Col 1:1–14
2. The supremacy of Christ: Col 1:15–23
3. Paul's labor for the church: Col 1:24 - 2:7
4. Freedom from human regulations through life with Christ: Col 2:8–23
5. Rules for holy living: Col 3:1 – 4:6
6. Final greetings: Col 4:7–18

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