We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you,
for we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all the saints
because of the hope reserved for you in heaven. You have already heard about [this hope] in the message of truth, the gospel
that has come to you. It is bearing fruit and growing all over the world, just as it has among you since the day you heard it and recognized God's grace in the truth.a7
You learned this from Epaphras, our much loved fellow slave. He is a faithful minister of the Messiah on yourb behalf,
and he has told us about your love in the Spirit.