1 Thessalonians Chapter 1
1 Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, to the assembly of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
2 We always give thanks to God for all of you, mentioning you in our prayers,
3 remembering without ceasing your work of faith and labour of love and perseverance of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, before our God and Father.
4 We know, brothers loved by God, that you are chosen,
5 and that our Good News came to you not in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit, and with much assurance. You know what kind of men we showed ourselves to be amongst you for your sake.
6 You became imitators of us and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Spirit,
7 so that you became an example to all who believe in Macedonia and in Achaia.
8 For from you the word of the Lord has been declared, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith towards God has gone out, so that we need not to say anything.
9 For they themselves report concerning us what kind of a reception we had from you, and how you turned to God from idols, to serve a living and true God,
10 and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead: Jesus, who delivers us from the wrath to come.
- Verse 4 (Brothers)
- The word for "brothers" here and where context allows may also be correctly translated "brothers and sisters" or "siblings."
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1 Thessalonians Chapter 1 Guide
This letter was intended as a message of comfort and instruction to those who were in the midst of persecution. In writing, the apostle associated himself with Silas and Timothy. He commenced by referring to the great truth of the Church's safe position as being "in God the Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ"; and then declared the foundation facts of Christian character. They are, first, the "work of faith," by which the apostle referred to the belief through which believers entered into relationship with Jesus Christ; second, the "labour of love," referring to the whole activity of life after belief; and, third, "the patience of hope," referring to the strength issuing from the expectation of the return of the Lord.
The Gospel had come to them "in power and in the Holy Spirit, and in much assurance." The result was that they "became imitators," and "an example." As a result, the Word of the Lord had sounded forth far and near. This result followed from the fact that the Gospel was, indeed, in power. There is a vital connection between the description of their discipleship and their activity. The "work of faith" consisted in turning "unto God from idols," the "patience of hope" in waiting "for His Son from heaven." Throughout the letter these great facts are recognized, and illustrated, and applied.
From "An Exposition of the Whole Bible" by G. Campbell Morgan.