3#b. [1:3] 1 Cor 15:24; Eph 1:3; 1 Pt 1:3 / Rom 15:5. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and God of all encouragement,#God of all encouragement: Paul expands a standard Jewish blessing so as to state the theme of the paragraph. The theme of “encouragement” or “consolation” (paraklēsis) occurs ten times in this opening, against a background formed by multiple references to “affliction” and “suffering.” 4who encourages us in our every affliction, so that we may be able to encourage those who are in any affliction with the encouragement with which we ourselves are encouraged by God.#c. [1:4] 7:6–7, 13; 1 Thes 3:6–8; 2 Thes 2:16.