By Gregg Bing
The Holy Spirit led Paul to write the letter to the Colossians to correct false teaching that was circulating at that time about Jesus Christ. Paul’s response to these heresies is as timely today as it was in the first century. Paul didn’t identify these heretical groups by name. Instead, he responded to their false doctrines with positive teaching about the fullness found in our Lord Jesus Christ.
Paul’s letter primarily addresses two key truths about Jesus Christ which the false teachers denied: 1)The superiority of His person; they refused to acknowledge the deity of Jesus Christ. 2) The sufficiency of His finished work on Calvary to save men from their sins; they rejected the idea that salvation is “by grace through faith” in Christ alone.
In the center of this book, we find the theme of Colossians summed up in two short, but powerful verses of Scripture:
“For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the Head of all principality and power.” (Colossians 2:9-10)