1Paul, Silvanus,#1:1 Or Silas; Ac 15:22-32; 16:19-40; 17:1-16#Ac 15:22; 2Co 1:19; 1Th 1:1; 1Pt 5:12 and Timothy:#Ac 16:1; 1Tm 1:2
To the church of the Thessalonians#Ac 17:1 in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
2Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
God’s Judgment and Glory
3We ought to thank God always for you, brothers and sisters, and rightly so, since your faith is flourishing and the love#1Co 13:1; 1Jn 4:16 each one of you has for one another#Php 2:2 is increasing.#1Th 4:10 4Therefore, we ourselves boast#2Co 12:5 about you among God’s churches — about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and afflictions that you are enduring. 5It is clear evidence of God’s righteous#1Jn 1:9 judgment#Mt 12:41; Jn 5:22,27,30; 8:16; 16:11; Heb 9:27; Jms 2:13; 2Pt 3:7; Rv 14:7; 16:7; 19:2 that you will be counted worthy of God’s kingdom, for which you also are suffering,#Php 1:29 6since it is just for God to repay with affliction those who afflict you 7and to give relief to you who are afflicted, along with us. This will take place at the revelation of the Lord Jesus from heaven with his powerful angels, 8when he takes vengeance with flaming fire#1Co 3:13; Heb 10:27; 12:29; 2Pt 3:7; Rv 14:10 on those who don’t know God#Ps 79:6; Is 66:15; Jr 10:25 and on those who don’t obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.#1Pt 4:17 9They will pay the penalty of eternal destruction#1Tm 6:9 from the Lord’s presence#Gn 4:14 and from his glorious strength#Is 2:10,19,21 10on that day when he comes#Mk 8:38 to be glorified#Jn 17:10; Rm 8:17 by his saints#Eph 5:3; 6:18 and to be marveled at by all those who have believed, because our testimony among you was believed. 11In view of this, we always pray for you that our God will make you worthy of his calling,#Eph 4:1; Col 3:15 and by his power fulfill your every desire to do good#1:11 Or power bring to fruition your desire to do good and your work produced by faith,#Gl 2:16; 1Th 1:3 12so that the name#Jn 14:13; Ac 3:16; 15:14; Php 2:10 of our Lord Jesus will be glorified#Is 24:15; 49:3; 66:5; Mal 1:11; 2Co 8:23 by you, and you by him,#Jn 13:31 according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.