Paul’s letters would have been read in a single sitting. But since we’re so far removed from first-century culture, we have to put in some extra leg work in order to get to the point where we’re able to understand the letter as Paul’s community did. This is what we have been doing over the past five months. We are now at a better position to understand the letter as the first-century Christians might have understood it.
Sometime this Labor Day weekend, find a solitary place and read the entire letter in one sitting. Picture yourself in the audience. Write down any observations and thoughts as you read. Can you summarize Paul’s message to the Colossians? What does the letter tell us about Christ? About the new creation? About us?