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Colossians 1:3-8
Faith, hope, and love in the hearts of once hellbound sinners is a miracle of God, so thank him over and over for them!
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Published June 26th, 2021
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When we hear that someone is trusting in Christ, loving the saints, and setting their hope in heaven, it should cause us to be overflowing with gratitude to God in our prayers.
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Colossians 1:3-8
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f We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
Our lips are full of grateful praise to our Heavenly Father
when we pray for you,
Everytime we go to him on your behalf
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since we heard of g your faith in Christ Jesus
Ever since we received word of your trust in Jesus
and of g the love that you have for all the saints,
in addition to the fact that you're loving the brothers
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because of h the hope i laid up for you in heaven.
This is love and faith is made possible because you're counting on receiving your reward from Jesus himself
Of this you have heard before in j the word of the truth, the gospel,
This message of faith, love, and hope is not unknown among you-this is the very message that was taught to you when you received the good news
which has come to you,
This is the message you're received
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as indeed k in the whole world it is l bearing fruit and increasing—
In fact, it's the same message that the entire world has heard, more than just heard, it's the same message that's turning the world upside down!
as it also does among you,
As I'm sure that all of you can testify to the life-transforming power of the gospel as well
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since the day you m heard it
And it's been working in you, making you more like Jesus, from the very first day that you heard it
and understood n the grace of God in truth,
And had the Spirit open your heart to receive the message as true
just as you learned it from o Epaphras our beloved p fellow servant. 1
And the true message is exactly what you learned from my much loved brother and fellow slave of Jesus, Epaphras.
He is p a faithful minister of Christ on your 2 behalf
This brother is a steadfast undershepherd of Jesus for you all
and has made known to us your q love in the Spirit.
And he has reported all of the affection generated by the spirit in you for us.
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Brent Karding
just as you learned it from Epaphras our beloved fellow servant.
"Just as" is showing a Comparison. You could say that 6d-e is the Result of the Action in 7a, but "just as" shows that isn't the point, but rather a Comparison.
Brent Karding
as indeed in the whole world it is bearing fruit and increasing—
6b relates only to 6a, not to 5b as well. With "as," Paul is comparing how the gospel came to them (6a) with how it has come to the rest of the world (6b).
Brent Karding
which has come to you,
Since 6a is a relative clause, it is an Explanation of 5b.
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