From Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy to the church of the Thessalonians in
God who is the Father and in the lord Jesus Messiah: Grace and peace to you.
We give thanks to God always for you all, mentioning you in our prayers.
We constantly remember your work based on faith, your labor based on love, and your perseverance based on your hope in our lord Jesus Messiah in the presence of our God and Father.
4 We know, brothers and sisters loved by God, that He has chosen you.
5 For our Gospel came to you not only in words, but also in power and holy spirit producing strong conviction. You know what kind of people we proved to be among you for your sake.
6 You became imitators of us and of the lord, after you received the Gospel-word with the joy of holy spirit, despite much persecution. 7 As a result you became a model to all the believers in Macedonia
8 For from you the Gospel-word of the lord rang out, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also everywhere the faith you have in God has become known, so that we do not need to say anything.
9 For people report how you received us,
and how you turned to God from idols, to serve the living and true God, 10 and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead — Jesus, who will rescue us from the coming wrath.
Hope is directed to the Second Coming, and hope is the solid basis on which love and faith are
to be built (Col. 1:4-5). The Gospel of the coming Kingdom defines the Christian hope.
Paul demonstrates the same strict unitary monotheism as Jesus in John 17:3, where the Father
is the “only one who is true God,” and the Messiah is His agent whom He commissioned.