Colossians 1:4
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New International Version
because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all God's people--

New Living Translation
For we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and your love for all of God's people,

English Standard Version
since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints,

Berean Study Bible
because we have heard about your faith in Christ Jesus and your love for all the saints,

Berean Literal Bible
having heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and the love that you have toward all the saints,

New American Standard Bible
since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and the love which you have for all the saints;

King James Bible
Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
for we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all the saints

International Standard Version
because we have heard about your faith in the Messiah Jesus and the love that you have for all the saints,

NET Bible
since we heard about your faith in Christ Jesus and the love that you have for all the saints.

New Heart English Bible
having heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which you have toward all the saints,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Behold, from the time we heard of your faith in Yeshua The Messiah and your love for all The Holy Ones,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
We thank God because we have heard about your faith in Christ Jesus and your love for all of God's people.

New American Standard 1977
since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and the love which you have for all the saints;

Jubilee Bible 2000
since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the charity which ye have toward all the saints,

King James 2000 Bible
Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which you have to all the saints,

American King James Version
Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which you have to all the saints,

American Standard Version
having heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have toward all the saints,

Douay-Rheims Bible
Hearing your faith in Christ Jesus, and the love which you have towards all the saints.

Darby Bible Translation
having heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and the love which ye have towards all the saints,

English Revised Version
having heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have toward all the saints,

Webster's Bible Translation
Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints,

Weymouth New Testament
because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love which you cherish towards all God's people,

World English Bible
having heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which you have toward all the saints,

Young's Literal Translation
having heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love that is to all the saints,
Study Bible
Thanksgiving and Prayer
3We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, 4because we have heard about your faith in Christ Jesus and your love for all the saints, 5springing from the hope that is stored up for you in heaven and that you already heard about in the word of truth, the gospel…
Cross References
Galatians 3:26
You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.

Galatians 3:28
There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

Galatians 5:6
For in Christ Jesus, neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. All that matters is faith, expressed through love.

Ephesians 1:15
For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints,

Ephesians 6:18
Pray in the Spirit at all times, with every kind of prayer and petition. To this end, stay alert with all perseverance in your prayers for all the saints.

Colossians 1:9
For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,

Philemon 1:5
because I hear about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints.
Treasury of Scripture

Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which you have to all the saints,

we.

Colossians 1:9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease …

2 Corinthians 7:7 And not by his coming only, but by the consolation with which he …

Ephesians 1:15 Why I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love …

1 Thessalonians 3:6 But now when Timotheus came from you to us, and brought us good tidings …

3 John 1:3,4 For I rejoiced greatly, when the brothers came and testified of the …

faith.

Galatians 5:6 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision avails any thing, nor uncircumcision; …

1 Thessalonians 1:3 Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labor of love, …

1 Thessalonians 4:9,10 But as touching brotherly love you need not that I write to you: …

2 Thessalonians 1:3 We are bound to thank God always for you, brothers, as it is meet, …

Philemon 1:5 Hearing of your love and faith, which you have toward the Lord Jesus, …

1 Peter 1:21-23 Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and …

1 John 3:14,23 We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the …

1 John 4:16 And we have known and believed the love that God has to us. God is …

the love.

Hebrews 6:10 For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love, …

Verse 4. - Having heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have (ἤν ἔχετε, Revised Text) toward all the saints (Ephesians 1:15, B.V.; Philemon 1:5, R.V.; 1 Thessalonians 4:9, 10; 1 John 3:23 2John 4 3John 3, 4). "Having heard "more immediately from Epaphras (vers. 8, 9). Note the characteristic recurrence of this word: he had heard of their faith and love, as they had heard before the word of truth (ver. 5); from the day they had heard they had borne fruit (ver. 6), and he, in return,from the day he heard of it, had not ceased to pray for them (ver. 9); see note on ver. 8; and comp. 1 Thessalonians 1:5 and 1 Thessalonians 2:2 with 1 Thessalonians 3:6 (Greek). "In Christ Jesus" is attached to "faith" (as to "brethren" in ver. 2) so closely as to form with it a single idea; to be "in Christ Jesus" is of the very essence of this faith and brotherhood. "Faith in Christ," "believe in Christ," in our English Bible, commonly represent a different Greek preposition, εἰς (literally, into or unto Christ); only in the pastoral Epistles and in Ephesians 1:15 - not in Galatians 3:26 (see Lightfoot) or Romans 3:25 (see Meyer or Beet) - do we find, as here, πίστις ἐν Ξριστῷ. In Christ faith rests, finding its abiding ground and element of life. In the Epistles of this period the Christian state appears chiefly as "life in Christ;" rather than, as in the earlier letters, as "salvation through Christ" (comp. e.g. Romans 5. and Colossians 2:9-15). The "love" of the Colossians evokes thanksgiving, as that which they have "toward all the saints;" for as the Church extended Christian love needed to be more catholic (ver. 6; Colossians 3:11), and Colossian error in particular tended to exclusiveness and caste feeling (see note on ver. 28). The iteration of "all" in this Epistle is remarkable. Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus,.... This expresses the matter of their thankfulness, or what it was they gave thanks to God for, their faith in Christ; by which is not only meant their hearty assent to the whole doctrine of faith, concerning the person, offices, and grace of Christ, their soundness and steadfastness in it, and their sincere and constant profession of it; but the grace of faith in them, the operation of the Spirit of God in their souls, which had not Moses, nor any mere man, but Christ for its object; by which they looked unto him as a Saviour, went unto him as such, ventured on him, committed themselves unto him, leaned and relied upon him; that grace which comes from him, has him for its author and finisher, and returns unto him, and lives on him. This Paul and Timothy had heard of by their minister Epaphras; and it shows that they made no secret of it, did not keep it to themselves, but declared, confessed, and published it to others, as is the duty of all believers to do; and thanks being given for it to God, makes it a clear point that it was not of themselves, but was the gift of God, otherwise there would have been no need of thankfulness for it; as also, that it is a very eminent grace, and of great use and service to such who are possessed of it,

And of love which ye have to all the saints; this is another thing for which thanks are given to God. The object of this grace are "saints"; all men indeed are to be loved, and even our very enemies; and good is to be done to all, but especially to holy and good men, to the household of faith; and these are "all" to be loved and respected; nor is any respect or difference of persons to be made on account of country, or natural relation, as Jews or Gentiles, or of outward state and condition, as rich or poor, bond or free, or of greater or lesser gifts and grace, weak or strong believers, or of different sentiments in the lesser matters of religion. It denotes both the grace of love itself, which is a fruit of the Spirit implanted in regeneration, and is an evidence of the new birth, and always is where true faith in Christ is, for faith works by it; and also the effects of it, which lies not in bare words, in expressions of spiritual affection and friendship, but in deeds, by serving one another in love, by relieving in necessity, sympathizing in distress, praying with and for one another, and the like; all which these saints were famous for. 4. Since we heard—literally, "Having heard." The language implies that he had only heard of, and not seen, them (Col 2:1). Compare Ro 1:8, where like language is used of a Church which he had not at the time visited.

love … to all—the absent, as well as those present [Bengel].1:1-8 All true Christians are brethren one to another. Faithfulness runs through every character and relation of the Christian life. Faith, hope, and love, are the three principal graces in the Christian life, and proper matter for prayer and thanksgiving. The more we fix our hopes on the reward in the other world, the more free shall we be in doing good with our earthly treasure. It was treasured up for them, no enemy could deprive them of it. The gospel is the word of truth, and we may safely venture our souls upon it. And all who hear the word of the gospel, ought to bring forth the fruit of the gospel, obey it, and have their principles and lives formed according to it. Worldly love arises, either from views of interest or from likeness in manners; carnal love, from the appetite for pleasure. To these, something corrupt, selfish, and base always cleaves. But Christian love arises from the Holy Spirit, and is full of holiness.
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