Colossians is perhaps the most profound letter Paul ever wrote, indeed the
most profound in the Bible. There is a depth to the spiritual truths
revealed in the letter to the Colossians. The message is greatly needed
today as well.
Paul affirms that what we need is an appropriation of what we already have
in Christ Jesus. "And ye are complete in Him."
The Apostle Paul was a great encourager, and this letter to the Colossians
is a good example of the grace of thanksgiving that often indeed most times
was prevalent in Paul's writings. He mentions giving thanks to God in
at least a half dozen places in this relatively short letter. When you
recall that Paul wrote this letter in prison, his attitude of thanksgiving
is even more wonderful.
Like Paul, we should be grateful for what God is doing in the lives of
others. As Christians, we are all members of one body. If one member of the
body is strengthened, this helps to strengthen the entire body. If one
church experiences a revival touch from God, it will help all the churches.
The Gospel is the good news that Jesus Christ has solved the problem of sin
through His death, burial and resurrection. In our witnessing we should
remember to emphasize the good news, the Gospel. Paul emphasizes this in
Colossians. The theme, if you will, is the preeminence of Jesus Christ, and
He is certainly preeminent in the Gospel. The false teachers at Colosse were
trying to remove Jesus Christ from His place of preeminence. Paul knows and
exhorts that this destroys the Gospel. The message is lost in philosophy,
doctrine, religious system; it centers and has its foundation in Jesus
Christ, the Son of God.
There are many messages that can be called 'true', but the Word of God is
the only one that can be called 'truth'. Satan is the liar; to believe his
lies is to be led astray into death. Jesus is the Truth. The Word of God's
Truth stands. Yesterday, today and Forever.
Paul tells us that the Gospel was bearing fruit in all the world. The Word
of God is the only seed that can be planted anywhere in the world, and it
will bear fruit. The Gospel can be preached 'to every creature which is
under heaven'. If people are to be saved, they must hear the Gospel of Jesus
Christ. And if they are to hear, we who are saved must carry the message. It
is our obligation as it was Paul's. Faith is our commitment to Jesus
In Colossians 3:16-17, Paul gives us the summary of his profound spirit
revealed in this letter:
Let the word of Christ
dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in
psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to
the Lord. And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the
Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.