Summary of the Book of Colossians
The book of Colossians is an important look into the mystery of Christ which was hidden for generations and now disclosed to the saints (Col. 1:26). This letter is a glorious reminder of everything Christ did for us in conquering sin and death. It shows His supremacy over all things, explaining what our godly response should be.
Colossians 1 opens with a prayer of thanksgiving. Like so many of his letters, Paul prays that we might be filled with the knowledge of God’s will. He encourages us that the gospel continues to grow and bear fruit just as it is doing in us. He then paints a marvelous picture of Christ’s supremacy demonstrated by his eternal nature that both created everything and continuously holds it in place. Paul reiterates his mission, which is to present the Word of God in its fullness… a mystery hidden for ages but now revealed in us. This mystery is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
Colossians 2 continues to explain the mystery of God, which is Christ. We are encouraged to continue in Him in the same way we received him by faith. We are reminded of His glorious victory on the cross where He completely annihilated all powers that accused and opposed us, including the written code and our sin. We are reminded that our circumcision was done by the Spirit of God and encouraged to put aside principles and rules that are based on human teachings and commands.
Colossians 3 reminds us that we have been raised with Christ so we should set our hearts on things above. We died with Christ to the things of this world. We are instructed to put them aside along with our old self. And in its place, to put on our new self, which is being renewed in the knowledge and image of our Creator. Paul then gives practical ways in how to live this out as well as instructions for family life.
Colossians 4 wraps up with instructions on prayer. Paul reminds us to be devoted to prayer, praying that the message of Christ is presented clearly. We are instructed to make the most of every opportunity, speaking to each other with grace in our conversations. Paul closes the letter with a final greeting to the church from others who minister with him.
As you can see this is an amazing book and will bless all who read, understand and enjoy this wonderful message of mystery of Christ revealed in us.
May you be blessed and inspired as you read and study the book of Colossians.