About Paul's letter to the Colossians
Colossae was a city in the Roman region called Asia. ‘Asia’ was the south and west part of the country that we call Turkey now. At that time, the Roman people were very powerful and they ruled many countries. Rome is the capital of the country that we call Italy now.
We think that Paul himself never visited Colossae. Instead, a man called Epaphras went there to tell the good news about Jesus Christ to the people. Epaphras had heard about the good news from Paul.
After that, when Paul was in a prison somewhere, Epaphras visited him. Epaphras told Paul the news about the Christians who lived at Colossae. Then Paul wrote this letter to them while he was still in the prison.
Epaphras had told Paul that false teachers were teaching wrong things to the Christians at Colossae. The false teachers were saying that the Christians must be more like the Jews. ‘You must obey the same rules that God wanted the Jews to obey,’ they were saying. Also, they were teaching other wrong ideas and rules.
So, Paul tells the Christians that they should not believe the false teachers. Only Jesus Christ can save us from our old nature and from all the wrong things that we do. By ‘old nature,’ we mean ‘the kind of person that we are before we become a Christian’. Jesus made the world. And he wants to save the people who live in it. We only need to believe him. Then, in our spirits, we can die with Christ and we can become alive again with him. So, we can be new people, with a new nature. We must continue to believe Jesus. We must continue also to obey him. If we do that, we will be safe.