Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,  To the saints and faithful brothers in Christ at Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father. (Colossians 1:1-2 ESV)
I’ve been reading through the book of Colossians lately, and as we get started on the new year (and hopefully some good new habits), I’m going to try to share some thoughts from this book on a period basis. The hope – at least for now – is that I will put something out on Colossians every Monday.
We’ll get started slowly here by looking at chapter 1 and verses 1 – 2. This is Paul’s brief introduction to the church at Colossae. So, what can we take away from this:
- Written by Paul. As verse one notes, this book is humanly authored by the Apostle Paul. His son in the faith and trusted co-worker, Timothy is by his side.
- Willed by God. Paul’s ministry is sovereignly ordained by the will of God. Throughout much of the New Testament we read about Paul going and doing and planning and executing and dreaming and waiting, but the ministry is willed by God. The success, failure, stopping, starting, beginning and end of Paul’s ministry is God ordained, Holy Spirit led and for the glory of Jesus Christ.
- To Believers…and Unbelievers. This letter is addressed “to the saint and faithful brothers in Christ at Colossae.” This letter would be read to the church at Colossae and because “truth” is being shared with these believers, these truths are also applicable to the Church today. But also note this…in practically every church there are unbelievers in the seats. This was true in Colossae when the letter arrived and it is true today. Though this letter is addressed to believers, it will continually deliver the gospel message of Jesus Christ so that all may be called to repentance.
- Grace and Peace. This letter – as it delivers the gospel of Jesus Christ, will deliver a message of grace and peace that is only found in our Savior. As Paul addresses the Colossians with a greeting of grace and peace, the reader of this book is also encouraged to come to Christ to find these as well.