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Rather than go through verse by verse, we will study the Epistle topically. This makes it easy to compare the parallel passages in the twin Epistle to the Ephesians. As originally suggested in Ellicott's commentary (see Appendix A) one copy of the general letter which we now know as Ephesians, was taken to Laodicaea. And both the churches in Laodicaea and Colossae were to read both epistles (Colossians 4:16).
The Epistle to the Colossians is important for our time because it offers
a contrast to the vague religiousness of our post-modern world.
1 Paul's Fellow Workers (Colossians 1:1-2, 4:7-18)
2 Thanksgiving and Prayer
3 Another Religion
4 The Messiah Son of God
5 The Mystery of the Church
6 Mutual submission
7 Congregational Ethics
Appendix A Introduction by Bishop Alfred Barry