The great theme of the second chapter of Paul’s Letter to the Colossians is the sufficiency of Christ. Paul urges Christians to do more than accept the Gospel message on an intellectual level, but to also live it out. In doing so Christians will be filled with a joyful spirit of thanksgiving. Would that our parishes today be filled with such a spirit.
Paul also warns against deceptive philosophy and spiritual forces that run counter to the Gospel. This anticipates the early Church’s battle with Gnosticism and other philosophies that opposed orthodox Christian belief.