There are two parts to this reading. The first, verses 15-20, is a poem which catalogs and celebrates the characteristics of Christ. The second, verses 21-28, summarizes the implicit question of the letter—will the Colossians remain firm in holding to the true faith. Individually each statement is, of course, striking and significant, but together the two phrases work to form something more.
Listen as Pastor Nancy provides an explanation of what the objective of this letter is and how this ties into our everyday modern lives.