WHY it matters//
What we believe about Jesus determines what we believe about ourselves. When we become a Christian our old sinful identity is put to death. We are then “born again” through God’s Spirit to live a new life empowered by the life of Christ. Paul writes that we are literally hidden in Christ (Col 3:3) and members of his body, the church (Col 1:18). Everything we need comes from remaining in Christ.
WHAT it's talking about//
The Apostle Paul wrote this letter from prison to the church at Colosse in Asia Minor around 60AD. This church was not started by Paul himself, but by his convert, Epaphras. This young gentile church was being threatened by false teachers imposing religious rules, so called mysteries, and false ideas about Christ. Paul corrects these false teachings (and others) and helps to establish the believers in the truth of their salvation in Christ.
15 Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation,
16 for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see—such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him.
17 He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together.
18 Christ is also the head of the church, which is his body. He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead. So he is first in everything.
19 For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ,
20 and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.
21 This includes you who were once far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions.
22 Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault.
23 But you must continue to believe this truth and stand firmly in it. Don’t drift away from the assurance you received when you heard the Good News. The Good News has been preached all over the world, and I, Paul, have been appointed as God’s servant to proclaim it.