Commentary: The Epistle to the Colossians like the letters to the Ephesians and Philipppians was written in Rome during Paul's first imprisonment. Paul had never actually visited Colosse (located about 100 miles east of Ephesus Col. 1:7, Col. 2:1). The church in Colosse was said to have been founded by Epaphras (Col. 1:7, Col. 4:12-13). Someone had come to Colosse teaching a dangerous philosophy known as Gnosticism which was causing problems among the church, the Colossians were wavering, which is what prompted Paul to write them. They prayed for the Colossians to be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding so that they would walk a path in life that would be worthy of the Lord, be pleasing to Him and be fruitful (productive), in every good work, and to increase in their knowledge of God, just as we should pray for others who may be wavering in their faith. Paul testified of Jesus to the Colossians and instructed them on the correct path to take. Notes: Paul never actually visited Colosse: Col. 1:7, Col. 2:1 The Church of Colosse is said to be founded by Epaphras: Col. 1:7, Col. 4:12-13, Philemon 23
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