It’s interesting that, as he begins to address the congregation in Colossae, he commends them on some very strong, spiritual points that they had: their faith, their hope, their love. He mentions those things. He talks about their faithfulness and refers to them as saints.
So there were some very good points, obviously, about the people here and the congregation had responded well to Paul’s teachings; probably while he spent a great deal of time in Ephesus and had benefited from that.
So, we’re looking at a congregation of the Church, the Church of God, that has good qualities and good strengths and yet, similar in some ways to the congregation in Ephesus.