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Paul's Letter To The Colossians

It would appear that the apostle had not visited Colossae, or Laodicea, in the upper valley of the Meander river (2:1). Yet the saints in these two towns, and in the nearby town of Hierapolis, enjoyed a warm place in his affections. Epaphras, one of their number, visited the apostle in Rome, and brought tidings of their welfare and of their love in the Spirit.

From the prison-house he writes to them, and exalts the Person of Christ "who is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of all creation (1:15). "For it was the good pleasure of the Father that in Him should all the fulness dwell" (1:19). "In whom are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge hidden" (2:3). "For in Him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily" (2:9). Words are piled up so that the Colossians and others may know something of the mystery of God, even Christ.

Apparently the letter was sent by the hand of Tychicus, the beloved brother and faithful minister and fellow-servant in the Lord. The apostle had sent him to Colossae so that they, and others, might know all his affairs. and that they might be comforted.

On his journey from Rome to Colossae, Tychicus was accompanied by one of their own number, a runaway slave, Onesimus, returning to his master. We shall deal with this remarkable case when we look at the letter to Philemon.

In the final salutation written with his own hand, and probably chained to the left hand of a Roman soldier, he says, "Remember my bonds", and adds his usual authentication, "Grace be with you" (4:18).