Once you've watched the featured video, take time to reflect on these questions.
Paul encourages the church in Colossae to withstand the cultural pressures of living in a world filled with visible rulers (like corrupt religious leaders) and invisible powers (like deceptive spiritual beings). The church can withstand these pressures because it has been rescued to live in a new world, God’s new creation. King Jesus rules this new creation by bringing God’s invisible world to our tangible world. He rules with forgiveness, honor, and generosity. He welcomes every human, no matter their ethnicity, social standing, age, or gender. And he never uses fear, coercion, or exploitation to establish his authority on Earth. Best of all, Jesus’ new creation does not end in death. Jesus promises that those who trust in him survive the grave through resurrection with him. When we believe this, we no longer need to fight to win or survive—we can truly love others instead. Living this way with Jesus allows his new creation to become a visible and experienced reality on Earth as it is in Heaven, even in the midst of life’s daily pressures and suffering.
Read: Colossians 1:13-20, Colossians 2:1-10, Colossians 3:1-17
Despite facing pressure from their culture to turn away from Jesus, the Colossian Christians have stayed faithful the way of Jesus. Paul prays that they would grow even more in their wisdom, allowing every part of their lives to be transformed by the Gospel message.
Paul tells the Colossian Christians that, as members of the new humanity, no part of their human existence remains untouched by the loving and liberating rule of Jesus. Their suffering, temptation, moral character, and familial dynamics must all be re-examined and transformed in light of the work of Jesus. They are joined to Jesus and are part of his new multi-ethnic family.