Peace: What Does It Cost?
The City of Colosse was located 100 miles East of Ephesus in Asia Minor and very close to Hierapolis and Laodicea. Hierapolis was a place known for health, pleasure and relaxation. Laodicea was known for commercial trade and politics.
Colosse was a simply a small town and it was a pagan city, with strong intermingling of the Jews.
The value of this letter to the Colossians is that it increases our understanding and appreciation of Jesus Christ
From this epistle, we learn that He truly is "the WAY, the TRUTH, and The LIFE" -Colossians is one of Paul's four "prison
epistles" (4:18; cf. Ephesians, Philippians, and Philemon).
The general consensus is that these epistles were written during Paul's imprisonment at Rome (cf. Ac 28:16,30-31). If such is truly the case, then Paul wrote Colossians around 61-63 A.D. from Rome.
The indication is that the epistles to the Colossians, Philemon and the Ephesians were carried to their destination by Tychicus and Onesimus (cf. 4:7-9; Phile 10-12; Ep 6:21-22).
Let's look at what Paul says in Colossians 3:5 - Put to death your members here on the earth, for the wrath of God is coming on the sons of disobedience (3:5-7)
Put off the old man with his deeds (3:8-9) Put on the new man, renewed in the image of our Creator (3:10-11)
As God's elect, put on Christ-like qualities (3:12-14)
Let God's peace rule in your hearts, and be thankful (3:15). Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another with song and singing with grace in your hearts (3:16)
Let the peace of Christ rule in your heart and he says it is going to cost you something to start with.
God doesn't promise to keep our mind in perfect peace if it's set on self or circumstance--only the mind set on Him. It helps to remember what conditions cause us to lose our peace:
The undertow of sin--when we could and be bathed in forgiveness, but won't.
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