Concern for Their Faith
1Therefore, when we could no longer endure it, we thought it good to be left in Athens alone, 2and sent #Rom. 16:21Timothy, our brother and minister of God, and our fellow laborer in the gospel of Christ, to establish you and encourage you concerning your faith, 3#Eph. 3:13that no one should be shaken by these afflictions; for you yourselves know that #John 16:2; Acts 9:16; 14:22; 1 Cor. 4:9; 2 Tim. 3:12; 1 Pet. 2:21we are appointed to this. 4#Acts 20:24For, in fact, we told you before when we were with you that we would suffer tribulation, just as it happened, and you know. 5For this reason, when I could no longer endure it, I sent to know your faith, #1 Cor. 7:5lest by some means the tempter had tempted you, and #Gal. 2:2our labor might be in vain.
Encouraged by Timothy
6#Acts 18:5But now that Timothy has come to us from you, and brought us good news of your faith and love, and that you always have good remembrance of us, greatly desiring to see us, #Phil. 1:8as we also to see you— 7therefore, brethren, in all our affliction and distress #2 Cor. 1:4we were comforted concerning you by your faith. 8For now we live, if you #(Eph. 6:13, 14); Phil. 4:1stand fast in the Lord.
9For what thanks can we render to God for you, for all the joy with which we rejoice for your sake before our God, 10night and day praying exceedingly that we may see your face #2 Cor. 13:9; Col. 4:12and perfect what is lacking in your faith?
Prayer for the Church
11Now may our God and Father Himself, and our Lord Jesus Christ, #Mark 1:3direct our way to you. 12And may the Lord make you increase and #Phil. 1:9; 1 Thess. 4:1, 10; 2 Thess. 1:3abound in love to one another and to all, just as we do to you, 13so that He may establish #2 Thess. 2:17your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all His saints.