3 We give thanks - There is a near resemblance
between this epistle, and those to the Ephesians and Philippians.
5 Ye heard before - I wrote to you. In the word of truth,
of the gospel - The true gospel preached to you.
6 It bringeth forth fruit in all the world - That is, in
every place where it is preached. Ye knew the grace of God in truth - Truly
experienced the gracious power of God.
7 The fellowservant - Of Paul and Timotheus.
8 Your love in the Spirit - Your love wrought in you by
9 We pray for you - This was mentioned in general, Col 1:3,
but now more particularly. That ye may be filled with the knowledge of
his will - Of his revealed will. In all wisdom - With all the wisdom from
above. And spiritual understanding - To discern by that light whatever
agrees with, or differs from, his will.
10 That, knowing his whole will, ye may walk worthy of the
Lord, unto all pleasing - So as actually to please him in all things; daily
increasing in the living, experimental knowledge of God, our Father, Saviour,
11 Strengthened unto all patience and longsuffering with
joyfulness - This is the highest point: not only to know, to do, to suffer,
the whole will of God; but to suffer it to the end, not barely with patience,
but with thankful joy.
12 Who, by justifying and sanctifying us, hath made us meet