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Colosians

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Table of contents
Introduction 1
Setting2
Audience2
Occasion for writing3
Message4
Conclusion 5
Bibliography…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………6

Introduction
Colossians begins: “Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, to the holy and faithful brothers in Christ at Colossae: Grace and peace to you from God our Father” (1:1–2), thus identifying both the sender and receiver of this letter. This opening line also mentions Timothy, but in the rest of the epistle Paul often uses the first person (“I”—1:24–25, 29; “me”—4:7; etc.). As with Philippians, Paul’s authorship was affirmed by the early church fathers and has not been seriously disputed through the centuries. One of the strongest arguments for Paul as the author of Colossians is this letter’s relation to Philemon. Both letters sent to the same city, probably by the same messenger, contain many of the same names: Paul, Timothy, Onesimus, Archippus, Epaphras, Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, and Luke. The similarity of Colossians to Ephesians has caused some to propose that Colossians may have been written by someone else (copying Ephesians and using Paul’s name on Colossians or vice versa). But similarities should be expected when two letters are written at the same time but sent to different churches in different locations. Consider the following comparison of Colossians and Ephesians. Some similarities include: •     Both were to be read aloud in the churches (Colossians 4:16). Ephesians may be the letter from Laodicea (4:16). •     The letters are very similar in style.

•     Both letters were delivered by the same messenger—Tychicus (Ephesians 6:21–22; Colossians 4:7–8). •     The letters contain some of the same expressions: “your faith in Jesus Christ and your love for all the saints” (Ephesians 1:15 and Colossians 1:4 NIV); “in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins” (Ephesians 1:7 and Colossians 1:14 NIV). •     The letters...