Period: c.60 A.D.
Summary: The letter to the congregation at Colossi was written in response to heresy and Judaizing that had been brought to Paul's attention. The major errors that had crept into the church were 1) the exaltation of angels or other "elemental spirits," 2) the emphasis on ascetic or liturgical practices thought to produce spirituality and, 3) those in error claimed a special knowledge beyond that found in the Gospel of Christ. Paul states that these are philosophies based on human knowledge and tradition and are therefore worthless. He teaches love, humility, submission to authority and finally prayer to establish a believer in the wisdom of God.
CHRIST THE FULLNESS OF GOD TO US
Key Verses: "Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power." Colossians 2:8-10
Introduction: Chapter 1:1-14
Doctrinal--'That you may be filled:' Chapter 1:15 - 2:23
Practical--'Seek those things above:' Chapter 3:1 - 4:6
Personal--'That you may know our estate:' Chapter 4:7-18