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Of all the books in the Bible, Colossians may rightly be considered the most Christ-centered. In this short letter Paul goes to great lengths to proclaim the supremacy and sufficiency of Christ in all things and for all people. The good news of Christ’s lordship over creation as well as his redemption for his people rings forth from start to finish in this epistle.

Throughout the entire letter Paul redirects Christians’ often-distracted focus back to Christ, who is the Creator of all things, Savior of all peoples, and Victor over all enemies because of his life, death, resurrection, and exaltation. Knowing and focusing on Christ builds a strong defense and forms a strategic offense against enemies both inside and outside the church. As clearly as any book of the Bible, Colossians rivets us on who Christ is and what he has accomplished—the very motivation and power believers need to live by faith, walk in obedience, and glorify God.

“Excerpt from ‘Introduction to Colossians’ from The ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2013 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.”

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