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American Tract Society Bible Dictionary
Colossians, Epistle to the
Was written by Paul, from Rome, A. D. 62. The occasion of the letter was the intelligence brought him by Epaphras, Colossians 1:6-8 , respecting the internal state of the church, which apparently he himself had not yet visited, Colossians 2:1 , though familiar with their history and affairs, Acts 16:6 18:23 . Some Jewish philosopher professing Christianity, but mingling with it a superstitious regard for the law and other errors, seems to have gained a dangerous ascendancy in the church. Paul shows that all our hope of salvation is in Christ the only mediator, in whom all fullness dwells; he cautions the Colossians against the errors introduced among them, as inconsistent with the gospel, and incites them by most persuasive arguments to a temper and conduct worthy of their Christian character. The epistle was written at the same time with that to the Ephesians, and was sent by the same bearer. The two closely resemble each other, and should be studied together.
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Rand, W. W. Entry for 'Colossians, Epistle to the'. American Tract Society Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/ats/c/colossians-epistle-to-the.html. 1859.