Ephesians 1:15

Thanksgiving and Prayer

15 For this reason, 1because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love[a] toward all the saints,

Ephesians 1:15 Meaning and Commentary

Ephesians 1:15

Wherefore I also
As well as others:

after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus;
who is the immediate object of faith, and a very proper and suitable one; having every thing in him that is agreeable to the case and circumstances of those that trust in him. And the grace of faith, which terminates on him, is a seeing him, a beholding the glory of his person, and the fulness of his grace; a going to him, and venturing on him; a laying hold upon him, and embracing of him; a committing all unto him, and a leaning and depending on him, and a living upon him, and a walking on in him.

And love unto all the saints:
whether Jew or Gentile, rich or poor, greater or lesser believers, of meaner gifts, or larger abilities; and which love was unfeigned, fervent, active, and laborious; and which is the evidence of regeneration, and without which a profession is in vain. These two graces, faith and love, are inseparable; they always go together, and are to be found in the same persons; and where they are, they cannot be hid, as they were not in these Ephesians; their faith was professed by them, and was made public, and their love showed itself in deeds, as well as in words, to the saints: hence the apostle came to hear of them both, upon the certain relation of others; for these things were come abroad, and were talked of; (See Gill on Colossians 1:3). (See Gill on Colossians 1:4). (See Gill on Philemon 1:4). (See Gill on Philemon 1:5).

Ephesians 1:15 In-Context

13 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit,
14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it,to the praise of his glory.
15 For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints,
16 I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers,
17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him,

Cross References 1

  • 1. Colossians 1:4; Philemon 5; See Romans 1:8

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Some manuscripts omit your love