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John Wesley's notes on the Epistle - Colossians 1:3-12
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 the Spirit. 

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, Sanctifier. 

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 for glory.