The apostle Paul had not proclaimed the glad tidings about Jesus Christ in Colossae, a city in what is today Turkey. As his letter to Philemon suggests, Paul knew Philemon, Apphia and Archippus, and appears to have been instrumental in aiding Philemon to become a believer. (Philemon 1, 2, 17, 19, 22) Primarily because of the activity of Epaphras, communities of believers came to exist in Colossae, Laodicea, and Hierapolis.
Although not having labored in Colossae, Paul had deep love and concern for fellow believers, prompting him to write to them. In this letter (based on the firsthand information Epaphras had conveyed to him), Paul stressed the greatness of the Son of God, the need to look to him as the depository of all essential knowledge and wisdom, and to be on guard against teachers of error. Additionally, the apostle admonished the Colossians to maintain exemplary conduct in all aspects of life.
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