The letter to the Colossians
Long before the U. S. Postal service, telephone system, email or even text messaging communication through written correspondence was taking place in the world. The Bible is God’s communication from him to us written by human authors under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Over the next few weeks we will be reading the letter written to the Colossians. The letter was written by the apostle Paul from prison around A.D. 62 along with the letter to the Ephesians and the letter to Philemon. In this letter we learn that there was some false teaching going on where the false teachers were trying to impose strict rules on eating and drinking and religious festivals. So in writing this letter to the Church Paul call them to focus on Christ Jesus. Please read Colossians 1:1-2. Paul may have never visited the Church in Colosae but he introduces himself and Timothy in his greeting. Paul introduces himself as an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God. We must remember that before Paul was an apostle of Christ Jesus he was a Pharisee who was commissioned by the High Priest to stop the Church of Jesus Christ by any means. When he was on his way to Damascus the Lord Jesus Christ appeared to him from heaven and called him by name. (Acts 9) Paul saw the resurrected and ascended Christ Jesus who has been given all authority in heaven and on earth. That day Paul submitted and surrendered to the Lord Jesus Christ on that road and his life was never the same. Paul told the Galatian believers that everything he has learned came through revelation from Christ Jesus in Arabia. Paul will carry out his mission and ministry under the authority of Christ Jesus so that the kingdom of God will be built. Paul while on missions for Christ preached the gospel message in Timothy’s hometown. Timothy’s faith was awakened in Christ Jesus and he was saved. Timothy grew as a disciple and the Church recognized was the Lord Jesus was doing and shared this with Paul. Timothy’s life was never the same neither as he followed the Lord’s will and plan for his life. Paul reminds the Colossian believers what the Lord has done for them with four words in his greetings to them. The Lord saves us by his grace. His grace is an unmerited gift toward us. We have done nothing to deserve it. He chose us in Christ Jesus from before the foundation of the world and not because of any good that we have done. He is the one who has called us and given us the faith to believe in Christ Jesus for salvation. It is through the blood of Christ that we have been made clean and set apart for him and his purposes. That is what a saint is. It is Christ in who is causing us to be faithful to him. As a result of Christ shed blood being applied to our lives through faith we are no longer at war with God but have peace from him in our lives. Has the grace of God made such a change in your life?