Main point summary
Be encouraged, Thessalonians, as we are, by this evidence of your faith, love, and hope.
1 Thessalonians 1:2-10
d We give thanks to God always for all of you,
Timothy and Silas and I are so thankful to God for each one of you.
constantly 1 e mentioning you in our prayers,
We pray and thank God for you all the time.
remembering before f our God and Father g your work of faith and labor of h love and i steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.
We recount in our prayers how you put your faith in Christ, toiled with blood, sweat, and tears to love as he loved, and persevere, always maintaining your hope in our Lord Jesus.
For we know, j brothers 1 loved by God, k that he has chosen you,
This thankfulness is a result of our being certain that God has chosen you. You are loved by him and we together are part of his family.
because l our gospel came to you not only in word,
We know this, because when we preached the good news of Christ to you, it wasn't just words,
but also in power and m in the Holy Spirit and with full n conviction.
but this good news came to you with power, the Holy Spirit, himself, was present, and we, as well as you, were completely certain of what we preached.
You know o what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake.
You remember what character we demonstrated to you by serving and loving you.
And p you became imitators of us q and of the Lord,
And then you followed our example and the example of the Lord, himself.
for r you received the word in much affliction, s with the t joy of the Holy Spirit,
You received the gospel in the midst of persecution and suffering, but also with the joy that can only be given by the Holy Spirit.
so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia.
As a result, you turned and became an example yourselves to all Christians in the regions of Macedonia and Achaia.
For not only has the word of the Lord u sounded forth from you in Macedonia and Achaia,
In fact, it hasn't only been in Macedonia and Achaia where you've spread the gospel,
but your faith in God has gone forth v everywhere,
but news of how you've accepted the gospel and trusted in God has traveled everywhere,
so that we need not say anything.
so that we don't have to say anything about it.
For they themselves report concerning us
People all over the place already have heard and talk about
the kind of w reception we had among you,
how you received us and the gospel,
and how x you turned to God y from idols
how you repented from your idolatry and instead turned to God,
to serve the living and z true God,
in order to serve him - not an idol, but the one living and true God,
and a to wait for his Son b from heaven,
and to trust in and hope for God's Son's return from heaven.
c whom he raised from the dead,
This is the Son whom God brought back to life after he had died,
Jesus d who delivers us from e the wrath to come.
Jesus, who saves us from God's wrath and coming judgement.
Paul starts his letter by encouraging the church. The people in our churches need to hear the same encouragement. He gives thanks for their work of faith, labor of love, and steadfastness of hope then gives them concrete examples of each of these. Work of faith - they turned to God from idols. Do you remember that day when you first turned away from the world and decided to put your faith in Christ? Remember, and thank God for his amazing grace. Labor of love - they spread the gospel throughout their region and beyond. How has the Lord used you to love other people? This is hard work. It involves blood, sweat, and tears and can only be accomplished by the Spirit of God working in you. Steadfastness of hope - they wait for Christ's return. Two thousand years later, we are still waiting, but our hope remains steadfast.