1Paul, #Acts 15:22; 2 Cor. 1:19; 2 Thess. 1:1; 1 Pet. 5:12 Silvanus, and Timothy,
To the church of the #See Acts 17:1 Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:
Grace to you and peace.
The Thessalonians’ Faith and Example
2 # ch. 2:13; See Rom. 1:8; Eph. 5:20 We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly#1:2 Or without ceasing #Rom. 1:9; 2 Tim. 1:3mentioning you in our prayers, 3remembering before #See Gal. 1:4 our God and Father #2 Thess. 1:11; [John 6:29; Gal. 5:6; Heb. 6:10; James 2:22] your work of faith and labor of #2 Thess. 1:3, 4; [Col. 1:4; 1 Tim. 1:14; Rev. 2:19] love and #Rom. 8:25; 15:4steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 4For we know, #2 Thess. 2:13 brothers#1:4 Or brothers and sisters. In New Testament usage, depending on the context, the plural Greek word adelphoi (translated “brothers”) may refer either to brothers or to brothers and sisters loved by God, #2 Pet. 1:10that he has chosen you, 5because #2 Thess. 2:14 our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and #2 Cor. 6:6; See 1 Cor. 2:4 in the Holy Spirit and with full #Col. 2:2; [Heb. 2:3] conviction. You know #[ch. 2:10; Acts 20:18; 2 Thess. 3:7]what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake. 6And #[ch. 2:14; 2 Thess. 3:7, 9]; See 1 Cor. 4:16 you became imitators of us #1 Cor. 11:1 and of the Lord, for #Acts 17:5-10 you received the word in much affliction, #See Matt. 5:12 with the #Acts 13:52; Gal. 5:22joy of the Holy Spirit, 7so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia. 8For not only has the word of the Lord #[Rom. 10:18; 2 Thess. 3:1] sounded forth from you in Macedonia and Achaia, but your faith in God has gone forth #[Rom. 1:8; 16:19; 2 Thess. 1:4]everywhere, so that we need not say anything. 9For they themselves report concerning us the kind of #ch. 2:1 reception we had among you, and how #See Acts 14:15 you turned to God #1 Cor. 12:2; [Gal. 4:8] from idols to serve the living and #See John 17:3true God, 10and #See 1 Cor. 1:7 to wait for his Son #ch. 4:16; [2 Thess. 1:10]; See Acts 1:11 from heaven, #See Acts 2:24 whom he raised from the dead, Jesus #Col. 1:13 who delivers us from #ch. 2:16; 5:9; Matt. 3:7; Rom. 5:9the wrath to come.