1:5 hope. Note the mention of faith, love and hope (see in Colossians 1:4). These three words are noted also in I Corinthians 13:13; I Thessalonians 1:3; 5:8; Romans 5:1-5; Galatians 5:5-6; Ephesians 4:2-5; Hebrews 6:10-12; 10:22-24; I Peter 1:3-8,21-22.
1:5 truth of the gospel. The “word of the truth of the gospel” thus includes the promise of heaven, as well as the death and resurrection of Christ (I Corinthians 15:1-4). It also includes recognition of the Creator and His great creation (Revelation 14:6-7).