To the church of the Thessalonians1:1 Ac 17:1 in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Grace to you and peace.1:1 Other mss add from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ
2We always thank God for all of you, making mention of you constantly in our prayers.
3We recall, in the presence of our God and Father,1:3 Php 4:20 your work produced by faith,1:3 Rm 3:28; 9:32; Gl 2:16; 5:6; 2Th 1:11; Heb 6:1; Jms 2:14–26; Rv 2:19 your labor motivated by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.1:3 Ac 15:26
4For we know, brothers and sisters loved1:4 Jn 3:16; Rv 12:11 by God,1:4 Dt 33:12; 2Th 2:13 that he has chosen you,1:4 Mt 24:22; Eph 1:4
5because our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, in the Holy Spirit,1:5 Jn 1:33; Ac 2:4; Rm 8:9; 1Co 2:4; Gl 5:25; Ti 3:5; Rv 3:22 and with full assurance. You know how we lived among you1:5 Ac 20:18; 1Th 2:10 for your benefit,
6and you yourselves became imitators of us and of the Lord when, in spite of severe persecution, you welcomed the message1:6 Heb 4:12 with joy from the Holy Spirit.
7As a result, you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia1:7 Ac 16:9 and Achaia.1:7 Ac 18:12
8For the word of the Lord rang out from you, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but in every place that your faith1:8 Or in every place news of your faith1:8 Gl 2:16 in God has gone out. Therefore, we don’t need to say anything,
9for they themselves report1:9 Lit report about us what kind of reception1:9 Ac 17:1–9 we had from you: how you turned1:9 1Pt 2:25 to God from idols1:9 Gn 31:19; 1Co 8:4 to serve the living1:9 Dt 5:26 and true1:9 Jn 4:23; 1Jn 5:20 God
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