1:5 Your faith and love have arisen 1 from the hope laid up 2 for you in heaven, which you have heard about in the message of truth, the gospel 3
1:23 if indeed you remain in the faith, established and firm, 4 without shifting 5 from the hope of the gospel that you heard. This gospel has also been preached in all creation under heaven, and I, Paul, have become its servant.
1 tn Col 1:3-8 form one long sentence in the Greek text and have been divided at the end of v. 4 and v. 6 and within v. 6 for clarity, in keeping with the tendency in contemporary English toward shorter sentences. Thus the phrase “Your faith and love have arisen from the hope” is literally “because of the hope.” The perfect tense “have arisen” was chosen in the English to reflect the fact that the recipients of the letter had acquired this hope at conversion in the past, but that it still remains and motivates them to trust in Christ and to love one another.
2 tn BDAG 113 s.v. ἀπόκειμαι 2 renders ἀποκειμένην (apokeimenhn) with the expression “reserved” in this verse.
3 tn The term “the gospel” (τοῦ εὐαγγελίου, tou euangeliou) is in apposition to “the word of truth” (τῷ λόγῳ τῆς ἀληθείας, tw logw th" alhqeia") as indicated in the translation.
4 tn BDAG 276 s.v. ἑδραῖος suggests “firm, steadfast.”
5 tn BDAG 639 s.v. μετακινέω suggests “without shifting from the hope” here.
6 tn BDAG 973 s.v. συνίστημι B.3 suggests “continue, endure, exist, hold together” here.