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.