United in love (Col. 2:2)

“I want

Their hearts

To be encouraged

And united

In love.


They may have

All the riches

Of an assured understanding,

They may have

The knowledge

Of God’s mystery,

That is Christ himself.”

ἵνα παρακληθῶσιν αἱ καρδίαι αὐτῶν, συνβιβασθέντες ἐν ἀγάπῃ καὶ εἰς πᾶν πλοῦτος τῆς πληροφορίας τῆς συνέσεως, εἰς ἐπίγνωσιν τοῦ μυστηρίου τοῦ Θεοῦ, Χριστοῦ,

Paul said, “I want their hearts (αἱ καρδίαι αὐτῶν) to be encouraged (ἵνα παρακληθῶσιν) and united (συνβιβασθέντες) in love (ἐν ἀγάπῃ).  Thus, they may have all the riches (εἰς πᾶν πλοῦτος) of an assured (τῆς πληροφορίας) understanding (τῆς συνέσεως) and have the knowledge (εἰς ἐπίγνωσιν) of God’s mystery (τοῦ μυστηρίου τοῦ Θεοῦ), that is Christ himself (Χριστοῦ).”  Only the Pauline letters used this word πληροφορίας, that means full assurance, conviction, or confidence, and the word ἐπίγνωσιν, that means recognition, knowledge, perception, discernment, or intuition.  Paul wanted the hearts of the gentile Christians to be encouraged.  He wanted them bound together in love.  Thus, they might be assured of a rich deep understanding and insight into the great mysteries of God.  The prime example of this mystery was Jesus Christ himself.  How involved are you in the mystery of Jesus Christ?