Colossians 1:8
New International Version
and who also told us of your love in the Spirit.

New Living Translation
He has told us about the love for others that the Holy Spirit has given you.

English Standard Version
and has made known to us your love in the Spirit.

Berean Study Bible
and who also informed us of your love in the Spirit.

Berean Literal Bible
the one also having made known to us your love in the Spirit.

New American Standard Bible
and he also informed us of your love in the Spirit.

King James Bible
Who also declared unto us your love in the Spirit.

Christian Standard Bible
and he has told us about your love in the Spirit.

Contemporary English Version
He is also the one who told us about the love that God's Spirit has given you.

Good News Translation
He has told us of the love that the Spirit has given you.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
and he has told us about your love in the Spirit.

International Standard Version
He has told us about your love in the Spirit.

NET Bible
who also told us of your love in the Spirit.

New Heart English Bible
who also declared to us your love in the Spirit.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he has made known to us your love, which is in The Spirit.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
and has told us about the love that the Spirit has given you.

New American Standard 1977
and he also informed us of your love in the Spirit.

Jubilee Bible 2000
who also declared unto us your charity in the Spirit.

King James 2000 Bible
Who also declared unto us your love in the Spirit.

American King James Version
Who also declared to us your love in the Spirit.

American Standard Version
who also declared unto us your love in the Spirit.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who also hath manifested to us your love in the spirit.

Darby Bible Translation
who has also manifested to us your love in [the] Spirit.

English Revised Version
who also declared unto us your love in the Spirit.

Webster's Bible Translation
Who also declared to us your love in the Spirit.

Weymouth New Testament
and moreover he has informed us of your love, which is inspired by the Spirit.

World English Bible
who also declared to us your love in the Spirit.

Young's Literal Translation
who also did declare to us your love in the Spirit.
Study Bible
Thanksgiving and Prayer
7You learned it from Epaphras, our beloved fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf, 8and who also informed us of your love in the Spirit. 9For 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,…
Cross References
Mark 4:22
For everything hidden is meant to be revealed, and everything concealed is meant to be brought to light.

Romans 15:30
Now I urge you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to join me in my struggle by praying to God for me.

Treasury of Scripture

Who also declared to us your love in the Spirit.

Colossians 1:4
Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints,

Romans 5:5
And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

Romans 15:30
Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ's sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in your prayers to God for me;







Lexicon
[and] who
(ho)
Article - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

also
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

informed
δηλώσας (dēlōsas)
Verb - Aorist Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 1213: To show, make clear, reveal. From delos; to make plain.

us
ἡμῖν (hēmin)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Dative 1st Person Plural
Strong's Greek 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

of your
ὑμῶν (hymōn)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

love
ἀγάπην (agapēn)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 26: From agapao; love, i.e. Affection or benevolence; specially a love-feast.

in
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

[the] Spirit.
Πνεύματι (Pneumati)
Noun - Dative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 4151: Wind, breath, spirit.
(8) Who also declared unto us.--This refers to news recently brought by Epaphras to St. Paul at Rome. He had been a minister in St. Paul's stead; he now, like Timothy afterwards, visited him to give account of his deputed work.

Your love in the Spirit.--"In the Spirit" is "in the grace of the Holy Ghost"--the Spirit of love. The love here would seem to be especially love towards St. Paul, a part of the "love towards all the saints" ascribed to them above (Colossians 1:4).

Verse 8. - Who also showed us your love in (the) Spirit (2 Corinthians 7:7; 2 Corinthians 8:7; 1 Thessalonians 3:6; Philippians 4:10); i.e. your love to us. Timothy and myself, especially if we read "in our behalf" in ver. 7: so, many interprefers, from Chrysostom to Klopper. Epaphras had conveyed the blessings of the gospel from St. Paul to the Colossians, and they now send back the grateful assurance of their love by the same channel (comp, note on "having heard," ver. 4, and parallel passages). This was a choice fruit of the gospel in them (comp. Philippians 4:10, 15-18), and such a reference to it gives a kindly conclusion to the thanksgiving. Ellicott and others understand here brotherly love in general - a somewhat pointless repetition of ver. 4. Meyer, reading "on your behalf" in ver. 7. more suitably suggests the Colossians' love to Epaphras in return for his services to them. The Spirit is the ruling element of the Colossians' love (Galatians 5:22) Love-in-the-Sprat forms a single compound phrase, like "faith-in-Christ-Jesus" (ver. 4). The one Spirit dwells alike in all the members of Christ's body, however sundered by place or circumstance (Ephesians 4:1-4), and makes them one in love to each other as to him (John 13:34, 35; 1 John 3:23, 24). "Spirit" occurs besides in this Epistle only in Colossians 2:5 (but see "spiritual," ver. 9), and some find in Colossians 2:1, 5 the explanation of this phrase (sc. "a love formed in absence, without personal intercourse:" but this is forced, and doubtful in point of grammar). Verses 9-14. - The opening prayer rises out of the foregoing thanksgiving, and leads up to the chief doctrinal statement of the Epistle (vers. 15-20: compare, for the connection, Ephesians 1:15-23; Romans 1:8-17). The burden of this prayer, as in other letters of this period, is the Church's need of knowledge (comp. Ephesians 1:17, 18; Philippians 1:9, 10). Here this desire has its fullest expression, as the necessity of the Colossians in this. respect was the more urgent and their situation, therefore, the more fully representative of the stage in the history of the Pauline Churches now commencing. He asks for his readers

(1) a fuller knowledge of the Divine will (ver. 9); to result in

(2) greater pleasingness to God (ver. 10 a), due

(3) to increased moral fruitfulness and spiritual growth (ver. 10 b), to

(4) patience under suffering (ver. 11), and to

(5) thankfulness for the blessings of redemption (vers. 12-14). 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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