Over the past two days, we’ve seen how Paul’s letter to the Colossians was written to guard against the temptation to incorporate the philosophies of the culture around them into their own philosophy – their own way of life in following Jesus. Instead, they are to “live a life worthy of the Lord” (1:10) and “continue to live their lives in him” (2:6).
And he does this by using, ironically enough, some of the strategies used by the moral philosophers of his day. Philosophers would often write to persuade their readers about the benefits of their own school of philosophy over those of rival schools; so here, Paul is simply arguing for the superiority of the Christian way of life in the usual manner. He asks his audience to remember four things:*