Today, much like in Paul’s days, the supremacy and sufficiency of Christ have been challenged by a number of different heresies. Paul wrote the letter to the Colossians in the middle of the first century to oppose a false teaching known as the Heresy of Colossae. However, the attentive reader familiarized with the evangelical Brazilian Church will easily be able to identify various similarities to this heresy in the present day.
It is precisely for this reason that the letter Paul wrote to the Colossians is so relevant to our time, as it accomplishes the following:
It talks about the person of Christ and his work more than any other letter in the New Testament;
It teaches the way we can live the Christian life in the real world in the face of daily challenges, demonstrating the practical effects of the union of the Christian with Jesus;
It opposes four tendencies of Paul’s time that still devastate the church, which are part of many theologies defended in our current days, namely, Gnosticism, Legalism, Mysticism and Asceticism; Paul’s response to the Heresy of Collossae was the supremacy and sufficiency of the person and work of Jesus Christ. Augustus Nicodemus believes that this is the message that urgently needs to be preached in the Brazilian pulpits, that is, Christ, the Lord.