Colossians 1



Colossians 1 underscores the supremacy of Christ in creation, reconciliation, and the church. Paul emphasizes the mystery of Christ in believers and his labor for their maturity. The chapter is marked by praise for Christ's preeminence and gratitude for the Colossians' faith.


  1. Greetings and Thanksgiving (Colossians 1:1-14): Paul opens the letter with greetings and expresses thanksgiving for the Colossians' faith and love. He highlights their reception of the Gospel and prays for them to be filled with the knowledge of God's will, walk in a manner pleasing to the Lord, and bear fruit in every good work.
  2. Supremacy of Christ (Colossians 1:15-20): Paul exalts Christ as the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation, and the one through whom all things were created. Christ is before all things, and in Him, all things hold together. He is the head of the body, the church, and the firstborn from the dead. The fullness of God dwells in Him, and through His blood, believers are reconciled to God.
  3. Paul's Ministry and Labor (Colossians 1:21-29): Paul describes the reconciliation accomplished through Christ's death, noting that he shares in Christ's sufferings for the sake of the church. He emphasizes his role as a minister to present the Word of God, the mystery hidden for ages, to the Gentiles. His goal is to present everyone mature in Christ, and he labors with God's energy, which powerfully works within him.
  4. Christ in You, the Hope of Glory (Colossians 1:24-29): Paul rejoices in his sufferings for the Colossians' sake, explaining that he fills up in his flesh what is lacking in Christ's afflictions for the sake of His body, the church. He reveals the mystery hidden from ages—Christ in them, the hope of glory. His labor is to present everyone mature in Christ, relying on the power of God working in him.