This letter is from Paul, chosen by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and from our brother Timothy. We are writing to God's holy people in the city of Colosse, who are faithful brothers and sisters in Christ. May God our Father give you grace and peace. Colossians 1:1-2 NLT
We will, Lord willing, be looking at Colossians over the next little while. Paul is the author, Colossae is the City, and the time is approximately A.D. 60-61 while Paul was in his first Roman imprisonment. Paul was writing to this church because heresy had begun to be taught by false teachers that Jesus was not God. Epaphras was, perhaps, the leader among this body of believers (see Colossians 1:7). He may have visited Paul in his Roman imprisonment (see Philemon 1:23). He had reported, to Paul, the concern about the false teaching that was being presented to the church by heretics who had infiltrated the ranks. Paul responds by letter to this body of believers in order to correct their understanding. His apostolic authority was recognized and well respected among the churches all over. Although he had not personally been to this location (see Colossians 2:1), he wanted to set the record straight concerning their Christology (beliefs concerning Christ Jesus). He sends the letter by a trustworthy partner in the faith named Tychicus and his comrade Onesimus (see Colossians 4:7 and Philemon 1:10-12).
Throughout this book we will see some of the most clear statements concerning Jesus deity (Creator and Supreme Being) in the entire New Testament. If Jesus was not, and is not, God, then we have no sufficient savior. Only God was, is, and will always be sinless and capable of redeeming us from our wretched sins.
Rev. Curtis Norris