The Purpose of the Letter
The letters to the Colossians and to Philemon are two of the four so-called “prison epistles,” believed to have been written by Paul from prison in Rome sometime circa 60-62. At that time, Nero was the cruel and insane emperor of the Roman Empire who could ignore the claims of Paul’s Roman citizenship.
From prison, Paul had heard that the Colossian Christians who had at one time been strong in their faith, were now vulnerable to deception about the faith (Colossians 2:4,8,16,18,21-23). He wrote to refute each of the theological errors the Colossians were tempted to embrace. The letters, however, take readers far beyond these issues of deception. Paul cared deeply that all of his readers (today as well as the Colossians two thousand years ago) understood the context of their lives within God’s Story, and what that looks like in their relationships on the job. http://www.theologyofwork.org/
|1. Colossians 1||2. Colossians 2|
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