The purpose of this letter was to correct some false teaching that was infiltrating the church. There was a strain of Jewish legalism with an emphasis on certain foods and the keeping of Jewish holidays. There was also certain Gnostic ideas which would become fully developed in the next century. Some of these teachings claimed to give one a deeper insight into truth, “philosophy.” Matter was inherently evil and God was not the direct Creator. There were intermediate agencies.
Paul urges them to get back to the reality of the greatness of the Person of Christ, His incarnation, and the adequacy of the gospel. Salvation was the work of Christ, not the result of human effort or superior knowledge.
Use this commentary to work your way through the book of Colossians for an edifying study.