To The Thessalonians 1

1:1Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy,

To the Congregation in Thessalonica, united with God the Father and the Master Jesus the Anointed:

Grace and peace to you all.

1:2We always thank God for you, mentioning you in our prayers.1:3We never stop remembering your faithful work, your loving efforts, and your enduring hope from our Master Jesus the Anointed in the sight of our God and Father.1:4We can plainly see God’s selection of you, brothers and sisters,1:5because the Gospel from us came to you not only in word alone, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full assurance. And as you know, we were like that among you for your benefit.

1:6You also imitated us and the Master by accepting the Word with the joy of the Holy Spirit in spite of great oppression.1:7In turn, you became models for all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia.1:8Not only that, the Word of the Master has sounded out from you everywhere that your faith toward God has gone. So we really don’t need you to tell us anything1:9because they all report the kind of effect we had on you, how you turned toward God and away from idols to be genuine living slaves to God,1:10and how you wait for his Son from the heavens, whom he raised from the dead: Jesus, the One who rescues us from the coming anger.2:1For you are well aware, brothers and sisters, that our coming to you was not a wasted effort.

2:2As you know, although we were publicly humiliated and insulted in Philippi, we came in the boldness of our God to relay his Gospel to you— with a lot of contention.2:3We didn’t try to persuade you out of deception or impurity or fraud,2:4but in keeping with the test God put us under: to be trustworthy with the Gospel. So we do not speak in a way that pleases people, but as to the God who tests our hearts.2:5For as you are well aware, at no time did we ever use flattery or act greedily— God is our witness.2:6Neither did we try to get people to exalt us; not you or anyone else. We could have been a burden to you as Ambassadors of the Anointed,2:7but instead we were kind among you, because a nurse should comfort her own children.2:8Being so thoroughly intertwined with you, we delight to share with you not only the Gospel of God but also our own souls, because you became so dear to us.

2:9For you remember, brothers and sisters, our laborious efforts, working night and day so we would not be a burden to any of you. We proclaimed the Gospel of God to you,2:10and both you and God are witnesses to the fact of how innocent and just and faultless we were to you believers.2:11And you also know that we treated each of you as parents treat their own children,2:12consoling and comforting and affirming you, so that you would live in a way worthy of the God who calls you into his kingdom and majesty.2:13And that is the reason we also thank God continually, because you accepted the Word of God you heard from us— not as that of people but as it truly is, the Word of God, which is active in you who believe.

2:14You, brothers and sisters, imitated God’s Congregation of the Anointed in Judea, for you suffered just as they did— from their own fellow citizens.2:15Theirs killed the Master Jesus and the prophets, and they banished us. They do not please God and are against everyone,2:16forbidding us to speak to the non-Judeans so they can be saved. They are piling up their failures, but God’s anger will overtake them in the end.

2:17Brothers and sisters, we were torn away from you for a short time— but only physically— so we are all the more intent upon seeing your faces again.2:18We sincerely wanted to visit you once or twice (especially I, Paul), but the Adversary blocked us.2:19Who else is our hope or joy or badge of honor, if not you standing in the presence of our Master Jesus?2:20Yes, you are our honor and joy!3:1So when we couldn’t stand it any longer, we thought it best to be left alone in Athens3:2and send Timothy, our brother and co-worker for God, to strengthen you in the Gospel of the Anointed and console you in your faith.3:3In this way no one will be disturbed over these hardships, because as you know, this is our calling.

3:4Even while we were with you we predicted that we were about to be oppressed, and so it happened, as you are well aware.3:5So I just had to send someone to find out about your faith, in case somehow the Intimidator had gotten to you and all our efforts had come to nothing.3:6Yet now Timothy has returned to us from you, and he brings us the good news of your faith and love, and that you have fond memories of us and long to see us as much as we long to see you.3:7So, brothers and sisters, because of this we are relieved about you through all our needs and hardships, by means of your faith.3:8We can breathe a sigh of relief now that we know you stand firm with the Master.3:9How can we possibly thank God or repay him for you, or for all the joy we have because of you?3:10Night and day we plead with God, begging to see your faces again and to correct any deficiencies in your faith.

3:11Now may our God and Father and our Master Jesus guide us on a path to you!3:12May the Master keep increasing your love for each other till it overflows to everyone else too, just like our love to you.3:13May he firmly set your hearts in pure holiness before our God and Father, in the presence of our Master Jesus, with all his holy ones, absolutely!

4:1As for the rest of you, brothers and sisters, we plead with you on behalf of the Master Jesus, that you continue to practice what we told you about pleasing God, until it overflows in you.4:2You are well aware of the responsibilities we gave you through the Master Jesus;4:3what God wants from you is holiness. You are to stay away from promiscuity,4:4being aware that each of you must get control over every aspect of your life so that you are holy and honorable,4:5instead of being driven by passion like the non-Judeans who don’t know God.4:6And don’t take advantage of others in this matter, because the Master is the Avenger; we told you about all this before and certify it as true.4:7Since God does not call us to impurity but holy living,4:8it surely follows that the one who rejects this is not rejecting people but God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you.

4:9Now we have no need to write to you about love for the believers there, for you yourselves are instructed in this by God.4:10Not only that, but you also have this love toward all the believers in Macedonia. Yet we must plead with you, sisters and brothers, to reach even higher.4:11Strive for a quiet life, minding your own business and doing your own work, just as we directed you.4:12Then you will have a good reputation with outsiders and will lack nothing.

4:13Now brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who have died, so that you do not grieve like the rest who have no hope.4:14For if we believe that Jesus died and then rose, so also will God raise the dead through Jesus.4:15We tell you this by the Word of the Master, that we who are alive when the Master appears will not be in line in front of those who have died.4:16For the Master himself will descend from heaven with the loud command of the Ruling Messenger and the trumpet of God. Those who were united with the Anointed when they died will rise first,4:17and then we who are alive will be snatched away at the same time with them in the clouds, to meet the Master in the air. Then we will always be together with the Master.4:18So comfort each other with these words.

5:1Sisters and brothers, we really don’t need to write to you about times and seasons,5:2because you already know that the Day of the Master comes like a thief in the night.5:3When they say “peace and safety,” sudden ruin will come upon them like labor pains and they will not escape.5:4But you, on the other hand, are not in the dark, that this Day should surprise you like a thief.5:5You are all of the light and the daytime, not the darkness and the night.5:6So don’t doze off like the rest but watch and be sensible.5:7For those who doze off sleep at night, and the drunks get drunk at night;5:8but we are of the day and must be sensible, putting on the torso armor of faith and love, and the helmet of the hope of salvation.5:9Because God did not appoint us to suffer his anger but to acquire salvation by means of our Master Jesus the Anointed5:10who died for our sakes, so that whether we are alert or dozing off we will live together with him.5:11So comfort each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.

5:12Now we are asking you, brothers and sisters, to notice those who labor among you, and who provide for you and protect you and warn you concerning the Master.5:13Esteem them highly in love for their work. Be at peace among yourselves.

5:14Sisters and brothers, we plead with you to warn the disorderly, encourage the disillusioned, shield the weak, and be patient with everyone.5:15See to it that people don’t seek revenge but always chase after what is good for one and all.5:16Always be joyful;5:17pray continually;5:18be thankful in everything, because this is God’s will for you as followers of Anointed Jesus.5:19Do not squelch the Spirit;5:20do not scorn prophecies5:21but test everything and keep the best.5:22Stay far from even the slightest hint of evil.

5:23Now may the God of Peace himself make you completely holy and free in body, soul, and spirit. May you be kept blameless in the presence of our Master Jesus the Anointed.5:24The One who calls you is faithful to do this.

5:25Brothers and sisters, pray for us too.5:26Greet the other believers warmly.5:27I hold you to the solemn responsibility of reading this letter to all the sisters and brothers.5:28May the favor of our Master Jesus the Anointed be with you all.