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Colossians: 07 Christian Homes

Updated: Dec 6, 2022


In our study of Colossians, we come to a section of Paul's letter where he teaches about Christian households in a first-century Greco-Roman culture, which was highly authoritarian. How are we to understand Paul's words in our culture today?

Backing Up

Before we explore Paul's words, it is helpful to remember the context of his words. We are studying an ancient letter of Paul written to the church in Colossae, which existed in a first-century Roman-dominated world. Paul is thankful for their faithfulness and love for God's people (Col. 1:3). Paul is also writing to encourage them to remain faithful amid cultural pressures that would shift their focus away from Christ and the gospel's message (Col. 2). Continuing in (Col. 3), Paul begins to show what it looks like to live as God's new creation in the middle of a fallen world.

Colossians 3:1–3 (NIV)

“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.”

As God's new creation, we live by a different sexual ethic (Col. 3:5-7). Our speech and language are to be different as those who have been raised with Christ (Col. 3:8-9). As new creation or new humans in Christ, we are to be one. We are one body (Col. 3:11-17).

Paul's words have context, and it is important to recognize the context as we seek to understand and apply his words to our lives today. First, there is the context of the letter. Then, also, there is the context of the culture Paul is writing in and to.