[dia][touto] I also, [kago] after I heard [akouo] of [kata] your [humas] faith [pistis] in [en] the Lord [kurios] Jesus, [Iesous] and [kai] love [agape] unto [eis] all [pas] the saints, [hagios] KJV-Interlinear
15 For this
reason I too, having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus which exists among
you, and your love for all the saints, NASB
Paul has been absent from Ephesus for several years now. News in the region, back in those times, took weeks and even months to travel from one locality to another, unlike today where we have almost instantaneous access to news and events around the entire world.
Today we expect almost near instant response when we call or text someone. Back then, you would be lucky to hear news from a far off place, even a couple of times a year.
Times were tough. Rome was placing more and more pressure on the Middle East. Jerusalem and Judea was becoming more and more of a problem region. Christianity was growing by leaps and bounds, but then so was the persecution of Christianity growing in intensity.
We have already seen in previous studies that many of Pauls so called friends, fell away due to the intense risks that came with being a Christian. And yet, here is a place that was far from Rome, by their standards, and people, although temptation was all around, were sticking with their studies and advancing in their individual spiritual lives.
Today we have the internet and social networks and cell phone texting, and many other things that can easily distract us away from doctrine. Not exactly threats to Christianity as in Pauls day, but threats just the same to individual advancement, because the material things of today, are held in higher esteem, than doctrine.
In this world the vast majority of people seem to be drifting away from doctrine, and yet there will be little pockets, always, of positive volition and good news of spiritual victories. Not the sort of news that will make it into the media, but it will definitely make the news in heaven. And that is where the most important notice occurs.
Do not be distracted by the world, but instead, be distracted and preoccupied with Gods opinion and attention. Your life will be far, far better off.
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