Has come to you.
Just as it is bearing fruit
In the whole world,
It has done the same
From the day
You heard it
And truly comprehended
The grace of God.”
τοῦ παρόντος εἰς ὑμᾶς, καθὼς καὶ ἐν παντὶ τῷ κόσμῳ ἐστὶν καρποφορούμενον καὶ αὐξανόμενον καθὼς καὶ ἐν ὑμῖν, ἀφ’ ἧς ἡμέρας ἠκούσατε καὶ ἐπέγνωτε τὴν χάριν τοῦ Θεοῦ ἐν ἀληθείᾳ·
Paul said, “The gospel has come to you (τοῦ παρόντος εἰς ὑμᾶς). Just (καθὼς) as it is bearing fruit (ἐστὶν καρποφορούμενον) and growing (καὶ αὐξανόμενον) in the whole world (καὶ ἐν παντὶ τῷ κόσμῳ), it has done the same among yourselves (καθὼς καὶ ἐν ὑμῖν) from the day (ἀφ’ ἧς ἡμέρας) you heard it (ἠκούσατε) and truly (ἐν ἀληθείᾳ) comprehended (καὶ ἐπέγνωτε) the grace of God (τὴν χάριν τοῦ Θεοῦ).” Paul indicated that the gospel had come to them at Colossae. The gospel of Jesus Christ was bearing fruit and growing or expanding throughout the whole world. So too, among the people of Colossae, the gospel was growing and bearing fruit. They had followed the gospel of Jesus since the first day that they heard and understood about God’s grace to Jesus Christ. Do you live in a Christian community that is growing and bearing fruit?
“This hope is
Laid up for you
You have heard
Of this hope beforehand
In the word
διὰ τὴν ἐλπίδα τὴν ἀποκειμένην ὑμῖν ἐν τοῖς οὐρανοῖς, ἣν προηκούσατε ἐν τῷ λόγῳ τῆς ἀληθείας τοῦ εὐαγγελίου
Paul said, “This hope (διὰ τὴν ἐλπίδα) is laid up for you (τὴν ἀποκειμένην ὑμῖν) in heaven (ἐν τοῖς οὐρανοῖς). You have heard of this hope beforehand (ἣν προηκούσατε) in the word of the truth (ἐν τῷ λόγῳ τῆς ἀληθείας), the gospel (τοῦ εὐαγγελίου).” Only this unique word προηκούσατε, is found here in Colossians, that means to hear beforehand. Paul indicated that the Christian Colossians had hope in heaven because they had previously heard about this hope from the truthful gospel about Jesus Christ. There was a clear equivalence between truth and the gospel that has led to the common saying “the gospel truth”. Do you believe that the gospel is true?
After a little more than a month, I have finished reading and commenting on Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians. I have now finished the New Testament four canonical gospels, plus the Acts of the Apostles, and Paul’s letters to the Romans, as well 1 Corinthians and 2 Corinthians, Galatians, and Ephesians. Every time I finish commenting on a book of the Bible, I send a thank you blog. I usually post five blogs a day covering a verse of the biblical books. So far, I have posted over 13,970 blogs about the individual paragraphs of all the 46 books of the Old Testament, plus the individual verses of the first ten books of the New Testament. It has taken me over seven years to get this done, since I first began in 2013.
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Peace – love – joy
Paul wanted the Ephesians to know how he was doing. Thus, he was sending Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister. He left them with the peace and love of God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ. Finally, he offered grace to those who had an undying love of Jesus Christ.
Paul said that they should pray at all times. They should be alert and persevere, while praying for all their fellow Christians. They also should pray for Paul, so that he could proudly continue to proclaim the mystery of the gospel as an ambassador in chains.
Paul said they should fasten the belt of truth around their waist. Then they should put on the breastplate of righteousness. Their feet should have the gospel of peace. They should have a shield of faith to fight off the flaming darts of the evil one. They should have the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Holy Spirit, that is the word of God.
Paul wanted the Ephesians to be strong in the Lord. They were to put on the armor of God so that they could fight off the devil. The fight was not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, cosmic powers, and heavenly evil spiritual armies. Therefore, they had to have all the spiritual armor to fight this battle. In this struggle with the spiritual evil, they had to stand firm.
Paul said that slaves should be obedient to their earthly master as if he was Jesus Christ. These slaves should do the will of God as servants from the heart with an enthusiastic service. They are rendering a service to God, not to men. Whatever good they did, they will receive the same again from the Lord. This also goes for the free slave owner. Masters were not to threaten their slaves. Both the free master and the slave serve the same master in heaven where there is no partiality.
Paul said that children should obey their parents. They were to honor their father and mother. He remarked that this was the first commandment with a promise, that you may live a well and long life. Then Paul added that the parents should not provoke their children to get angry. The children should be disciplined and brought up with the instruction of the Lord.
Paul said that a man and a women leave their family to become one in the great mystery of marriage, just like the great mystery of Christ and his church. Each husband should love his wife as himself. Each wife should respect her husband.