All written from during his first Roman imprisonment, Paul’s four letters of Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon all carry similar themes and messages. Each of them stresses in some manner the work of Christ and the unity of the church. Yet perhaps no two letters are more similar than Ephesians and Colossians; so reading Colossians today will seem familiar to the themes we have seen over the past months as we’ve been studying the book of Ephesians on Sunday mornings.
Likely written and conveyed at the same time as Philemon, the letter to Colossae exalts the position and work of Christ particularly, and demonstrates the sufficiency of Christ to meet the believer’s every need. For more background information to Colossians, read here.