Colossians 1:1-4 Devotional by Bridget Willard

Since We Heard of Your Faith: Colossians: 1:1-4

Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ who are in Colosse:

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ

We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of your love for all the saints.

Colossians 1:1-4

This book starts out in a similar fashion as Ephesians and Philippians, two of the four prison epistles, in that it is from Paul identifying himself as an apostle by the will of God to the church in the particular city or region.

What strikes me as interesting is the phrase “since we heard of your faith.” According to both the ESV Study Bible’s commentary and the Spirit Filled Life Bible’s commentary, this church is a result of the outgrowth of Paul’s three-year ministry to those in Ephesus. The founder and teaching pastor of the church at Colosse, about 100 miles east of Ephesus, was Epaphras, a native Colossian.

The delight of any teacher is fruit in the form of continuation of the teaching. In other words, to disciple a person who then teaches others is the “end game” of any teacher.

I’ve been teaching kids since 1995. I can tell you, without a doubt, there is great joy and rejoicing in my heart when one of my former students continues in the faith into adulthood, let alone goes to Bible college, becomes a missionary, a teacher, or leader in the church.

Notwithstanding, I cannot fully comprehend or begin to understand the depth of joy that this news brought Paul, while in a Roman prison, of the existence of a church plant in Colosse and of their “faith in Christ Jesus” and “love for all the saints.”

Questions for further thought:

  • Can you think of any examples in scripture of this type of evangelism and discipleship?
  • Does this apply to personal mentoring or 1 on 1 discipling?  Can you think of any examples?
  • How does this passage strike you?
  • How important is it for a church to be fruitful in this manner?

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3 thoughts on “Since We Heard of Your Faith: Colossians: 1:1-4”

  1. Hi Bridet,

    When I read:

    “since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus
    and of the love that you have for all the saints.”

    … that makes me wonder if people are hearing of my church’s faith and love.

    If we are not known for our strong faith and honest love for others, then we are likely missing what being Christians is truly about. When I take an honest look at myself, I can see I have plenty of room for improvement in both of those areas.

    1. You have an excellent point. I was thinking of doing a “Part II” to this verse for that reason.

      It makes me think of the verse in Romans that says: Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. (Rom 12:9).

      Also, John tells us that love is the evidence of true Christianity or that we are in fact His disciples.

      John 13:35
      By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

      Thank you for your comment. I’m enjoying the discussion.

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