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Colossians 1:1-2 THE SUPREMACY OF CHRIST by Lead Pastor Jay Risner
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This Week: Introduction to the book of Colossians
Human Author
Colossians 1:1 attributes authorship of this epistle to the Apostle Paul. There is no historical evidence that Pauline authorship of Colossians was ever suspect in the early church.
Date and Place of Writing
Paul wrote this epistle in about A.D. 61-62 during his two-year period of house arrest in Rome (Acts 28:16, 30). At which time he also wrote Ephesians, Philippians, and Philemon. Together these four letters are often called “The Prison Epistles.” Paul sent Colossians and the epistle to Philemon in the hands of Tychicus and Onesimus (Col. 4:7-9).
The City of Colossae
The word Colossae is taken from the word Colossus which means large or huge. This is ironic because Colossae is the least important city and church to which any of Paul’s epistles were addressed.

The city is located at the base of Mt. Cadmus (8,000') in the Lycus River valley. Colossae, along with Laodicea and Hierapolis are referred to as the tri-cities of the Lycus valley. Colossae’s primary commerce was wool dyed a dark red (almost purple) color.
The Origin of the Colossian Church
The church at Colossae was not founded by Paul. Paul had never even personally visited the city at the time he wrote this epistle (Col. 1:4, 9; 2:1). The church was most likely founded by Epaphras during Paul’s three-year Ephesian ministry on his third missionary journey (Acts 19:10; Col. 1:7; 4:12- 13).
The Occasion of the Epistle
The occasion for this epistle can probably be traced to the arrival of Epaphras in Rome with news of a new teaching in the Lycus River valley that had infiltrated the churches in Colossae, Hierapolis, and Laodicea (2:1; 4:12-13, 16). Judaizers dogged Paul’s footsteps throughout Asia Minor seeking to get pagan converts to Christianity to keep the Jewish law.
Purpose
Colossians was written to instruct the believers that spiritual maturity comes through understanding and appropriating the all-sufficient work of Christ, not through keeping the Jewish law (1:28; 2:6-7).
Outline of Colossians

I. Salutation (1:1-2)
II. Doctrinal: The Person and Work of Christ (1:3–2:3)
III. Polemical: The Position of the Body in Christ (2:4–3:4)
IV. Practical: The Practice of the Life of Christ (3:5–4:6)
V. Personal: The Personal Affairs of Paul and Greetings from His Companions (4:7-18)

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