1From Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy:
To the church of the Thessalonians, which is in God our Father, and in the Lord Jesus Christ.
2Grace and peace to all of you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Thanksgiving and encouragement
3Brothers and sisters, we must always thank God for you. This is only right because your faithfulness is growing by leaps and bounds, and the love that all of you have for each other is increasing. 4That’s why we ourselves are bragging about you in God’s churches. We tell about your endurance and faithfulness in all the harassments and trouble that you have put up with. 5This shows that God’s judgment is right, and that you will be considered worthy of God’s kingdom for which you are suffering. 6After all, it’s right for God to pay back the ones making trouble for you with trouble 7and to pay back you who are having trouble with relief along with us. This payback will come when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his powerful angels. 8He will give justice with blazing fire to those who don’t recognize God and don’t obey the good news of our Lord Jesus. 9They will pay the penalty of eternal destruction away from the Lord’s presence and away from his mighty glory. 10This will happen when he comes on that day to receive honor from his holy people and to be admired by everyone who has believed—and our testimony to you was believed.
11We are constantly praying for you for this: that our God will make you worthy of his calling and accomplish every good desire and faithful work by his power. 12Then the name of our Lord Jesus will be honored by you, and you will be honored by him, consistent with the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.