The Apostle Paul wrote this letter (epistle) to the church at Colossae, a small city located on the Lycus River in Asia Minor (modern Turkey)—known for its production of wool and woolen goods.
By the time of the writing of this letter (probably the mid-50s A.D.), Laodicea had eclipsed Colossae as the most important city of the region. A major earthquake in 60-61 A.D. essentially destroyed Colossae, a blow from which it never recovered.
Before saying a word to the Colossians about what he’s heard of their problems, Paul seems to go to great pains to make it clear: He does not speak of his own authority, he speaks as an apostle by the will of God with Timothy at his side.
Listen as Pastor Nancy brings this reading alive and explains how it aligns with modern times