First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.…
The expression of thanks to God for His mercy to them was fitted to conciliate their feelings and to prepare them for the truths he was about to communicate to them. It showed the deep interest he had in their welfare, and the happiness it would give him to do them good. It is proper to give thanks to God for His mercies to others as well as to ourselves. We are members of one great family, and we should make it a subject of thanksgiving that He confers any blessings, and especially the blessing of salvation, on any mortals.
Parallel VersesKJV: First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.