We always thank God,6 the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you,
because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love7 you have for all the saints8--
the faith and love that spring from the hope9 that is stored up for you in heaven10 and that you have already heard about in the word of truth,11 the gospel
that has come to you. All over the world12 this gospel is bearing fruit13 and growing, just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and understood God's grace in all its truth.
You learned it from Epaphras,14 our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister15 of Christ on ourc behalf,
and who also told us of your love in the Spirit.169
For this reason, since the day we heard about you,17 we have not stopped praying for you18 and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will19 through all spiritual wisdom and understanding.20