As we move into the body of Paul’s letter to the Colossian church, we see that the apostle is thankful for their faith, love, and hope, all of which are grounded in the gospel. Paul takes pains at the outset of his letter to make sure his readers (then and now) have a clear understanding of the biblical gospel. We’ll explore Paul’s points about the centrality of the good news of God’s grace in Christ.
Paul includes a benediction in the salutation of his letter to the Colossians. In his modest little greeting, 'Grace and Peace to you through God our Father,' the apostle packs a number of rich redemptive truths that teach us about God’s work of atonement in Christ.
In addition to informing his Colossian readers that their new identity in Christ makes them saints, the Apostle Paul also informs them that they are faithful brothers and sisters in Christ. Because faith is so important to the Christian life, and there are a number of popular misunderstandings about the nature of true saving faith, we will look at the character of biblical belief.
As part of Paul’s salutation in his letter to the church at Colossae, he addresses the believers as "holy and faithful brothers." Calling them "holy" is an important way for the Apostle to point out their new identity in Christ, and the label has important implications for how all Christians should see and conduct themselves.
As we begin our tour of Paul’s letter to the Colossians, we’ll see that at the outset he presents his apostolic credentials as a divinely called apostle. This call forms an important part of his purpose in writing the letter. As we consider the implications for Paul’s call, we will also note that the Bible uses calling a few different ways, and these have important application for us today.