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1 Thessalonians 1 : Paul thanks God for the believers at Thessalonica

v1 This letter is from Paul, Silas and Timothy to the Christians at Thessalonica. You are united to God the Father and to the *Lord Jesus Christ. We pray that God will continue to be very kind to you. We pray also that he will cause you to be without trouble inside yourselves.

v2 We thank God for all of you at all times. Every time that we pray, we always pray for you. v3 We speak about you to God, who is our Father. We remember the good things that you do. You do those things because you believe Christ. You work very much because you love Christ and other people. We remember also how you continue to hope strongly because of our *Lord Jesus Christ.

Verse 3 The *believers at Thessalonica were sure that Jesus would save them completely. They were sure that he would return to the earth one day. They were sure that they would live with him always. They ‘hoped strongly’ for these things.

v4 You are like brothers and sisters to us, and God loves you. We know that God has chosen you to be his own. v5 We know that, because our good news came to you not only with words. When we told it to you, the power of God’s Spirit was there too. Also, we felt completely brave and strong when we spoke. You know how we lived among you. You know what kind of people we were. We were like good guides for you. v6 And you learned to live as we lived. So you learned also to live like the *Lord. People caused you a lot of trouble and pain because you believed the message about Christ. But you did believe it, and God’s Spirit caused you to be very happy. v7 And so you became like a guide to all the *believers in Macedonia and in Achaia.

Verse 7 Macedonia included the north part of the country that we call Greece. It included also the south part of the country that we call Yugoslavia. Achaia was the south part of Greece.

v8 Because of you, people in many places have listened to the message about the *Lord. It was not only the people in Macedonia and in Achaia who listened to these things. But people everywhere know how you believe God. So, we do not need to say anything. v9 Those people themselves speak about how you believed our message. They tell how you turned to God. They tell us how you stopped *worshipping false gods. They themselves say that you are now God’s servants. God is alive, and only he is really God. v10 Also, you are waiting for God’s Son to come from *heaven. God caused his Son, Jesus, to become alive again after he had died. And Jesus saves us so that God will not be angry with us at that future time.

Verse 10 ‘That future time’ means: the time when God will show what he has decided about each person. He will decide where they go after death. He will be angry with people who have not obeyed him. (See, for example, Ephesians 5:6; John 3:36 and Colossians 3:6.)

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