Who Were the Colossians?

Colosse - New Testament Churches

The New Testament includes St. Paul’s epistle to the church at Colosse (Colossians). How many of us know anything about this place, besides that?

Colosse’s church is not mentioned in Revelation; but its next door neighbor’s, Laodicea’s, is. Laodicea is warned that spiritual indifference leads to death.

In Paul’s time, Colosse was pretty much a backwater, a city that had seen much better days. He took the time to write to them and minister to their church, although we don’t know that he ever came there in person. Anyhow, the town’s glory days were some 500 years before that.

Whatever you do, Paul exhorted the Colossians, do it in the name of the Lord, do it as if you were doing it for the Lord. Had nearby Laodicea already earned a reputation for being lukewarm?

Another reason Paul might have written to the church at Colosse would be to encourage Christians to keep themselves distant from their city’s notorious habit of syncretism–mixing together several religions and winding up with false religion. Colosse was also known for being home to an “angel cult.” Evidently they’d mixed Greek and other pagan gods with the angels they’d heard about from Christian missionaries.

Colosse was destroyed in a civil war in 1192 A.D. and never rebuilt. It has yet to be systematically studied by archaeologists. It seems to be a backwater for archaeologists, too.

But for Paul the Apostle there were no backwaters.

‘When God Tests Us’ 2016

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Testing steel to forge a blade

I’m always a bit shaky when I enter the theology shop. But then it’s not about me; it’s about God’s word.

We have all, every one of us, wondered this: why does God test us so hard?

When God Tests Us

It’s awful, isn’t it? Diseases afflict us, loved ones die, our country goes to pot, we have to sit there and watch the wicked prosper… What can we do but pray for strength? And for courage. And for faith. Above all, faith.

Because who has enough?