In our study, we will look at Paul's answer to the question: Who's in charge of the church? This letter was written while he was under house arrest in Rome and delivered to the church in Colosse. The city was located in the Lycus River Valley of what is the modern country of Turkey. This letter was written to address gnosticism which had crept into the group of believers. A group of believers met there in the home of Philemon which the letter of the same name was addressed to.
"Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God and Timothy our brother," NIV translation
Paul introduces himself as an apostle because of God's calling. This is important in that the gnostics believed that salvation was achieved only through a secret knowledge of the scriptures. Here, he lets them know immediately that it is from God and not by any secret knowledge.
"To the holy and faithful brothers in Christ at Colosse: Grace and peace to you from God our Father." NIV translation
The letter is addressed to the believers in the city of Colosse and he gives them his usual greeting of grace and peace. Paul usually put grace before peace to remind us that it is only by the Grace of God that we can have peace with Him.
"We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all the saints -" NIV translation
Paul always prayed for the believers and here he lets us in on what he prayed. We see that he thanked God for them and the fact that they had an active faith that was demonstrated by their love for others. We, too, should pray for the believers especially those that we have led to Christ and we should also demonstrate love to all men so that our faith is evident and productive.