What an interesting statement Paul makes at the beginning of Colossians 3. “If you have been raised with Christ……”. How can we better understand why this particular statement is used? Well a little background on this epistle might clear some things up. Paul penned this letter in response to a personal visit from Epaphras, who was the founder, pastor, servant, and minister of this church. Epaphras had come to Paul to ask for help because of a dangerous heresy that had entered the Colossian church. What was this heresy? Well, like all other heresies it was an attack on the humanity and deity of Christ Jesus.
Like all false teaching that distorts the person, work, and deity of Jesus Christ, a form of works based salvation is what usually follows and the heresy at the Colossian church was no different. Paul tells us exactly what it is:
“If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the world, why, as if you were still alive in the world, do you submit to regulations-“Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch” (referring to things that all perish as they are used) according to human precepts and teachings?” Colossians 2:20-22 Read more