The Historical Context Of The Letter To The Colossians

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The letter to the Colossians was written by the apostle Paul. It is likely that Paul wrote the letter of Colossians in the late AD “50’s or 60’s,” while he was imprisoned. This letter was written to a gentile church plant located in Colossae, a city of Rome. Paul planted churches in Ephesus which is 100 miles west from Colossae. However, it is improbable that Paul is the founder of the church of the Colossians since he was imprisoned at the time. For example, Paul said, “Aristarchus my fellow prisoner greets you,” (Col. 4:10, ESV) indicating his imprisonment as he mentioned his fellow inmate. The book of Colossians is not the only prison epistle that Paul wrote; The book of Ephesians, the book of Philippians and the book of Philemon are all prison epistles. So, perhaps, it was Epaphras who planted the Colossians’ church. This exegetical study will explore the historical context of the Book of Colossians to understand why Paul exhorted and prayed for the Colossians to be filled with God’s divine will. Colossians 1:9-14 is relevant in today’s time because it proves that the power of intercessory prayer edifies the Church to defend the gospel from false teaching.
Historical Context
It is apparent within the letter of Colossians that Paul cautioned them to abstain from false teachings and philosophies that usurp “the sufficiency of Christ, his grace, and their faith in Christ [and which it enabled] them to reach the desired goal of glorification and perfect

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