v13 But you are like brothers and sisters to us, and the *Lord loves you. We must thank God always because of you, because God has chosen you. God chose you to be among the first people that he would save. He saves you because his Spirit makes you Godís special people. Godís Spirit makes you separate from everything that is bad. God saves you because you believe him. You believe what is true. v14 God asked you strongly to become his special people. You heard him when we told you the good news. He wanted you to become special people who would live always with our *Lord Jesus Christ. You will live in the beautiful place with Christ, who is so very great. v15 So, our friends, you must continue to believe Christ strongly. Continue to believe the true things that we taught you. God first taught those things to us. And we taught them to you when we spoke to you. We also taught them to you when we wrote our letter to you.
v16 We pray about you to our *Lord Jesus Christ himself, and to God, our Father. They have shown how much they love you and us. And they have promised to give good things to us all. So, we can continue to be brave and strong for all time. We can hope strongly for these good things. They will give these things to us because they are so very kind. v17 We pray that our *Lord Jesus Christ and God, our Father, will make you brave. We pray that they will continue to make you strong in your minds. So you will always do what is good. And you will always say what is good.