Bible: 1 Thessalonians 2:13-3:13

2:13 And so 1  we too constantly thank God that when you received God’s message that you heard from us, 2  you accepted it not as a human message, 3  but as it truly is, God’s message, which is at work among you who believe. 2:14 For you became imitators, brothers and sisters, 4  of God’s churches in Christ Jesus that are in Judea, because you too suffered the same things from your own countrymen as they in fact did from the Jews, 2:15 who killed both the Lord Jesus and the prophets 5  and persecuted us severely. 6  They are displeasing to God and are opposed to all people, 2:16 because they hinder us from speaking to the Gentiles so that they may be saved. Thus they constantly fill up their measure of sins, 7  but wrath 8  has come upon them completely. 9 

Forced Absence from Thessalonica

2:17 But when we were separated from you, brothers and sisters, 10  for a short time (in presence, not in affection) 11  we became all the more fervent in our great desire 12  to see you in person. 13  2:18 For we wanted to come to you (I, Paul, in fact tried again and again) 14  but Satan thwarted us. 2:19 For who is our hope or joy or crown to boast of 15  before our Lord Jesus at his coming? Is it not of course you? 2:20 For you are our glory and joy!

3:1 So when we could bear it no longer, we decided to stay on in Athens 16  alone. 3:2 We 17  sent Timothy, our brother and fellow worker for God 18  in the gospel of Christ, to strengthen you and encourage you about your faith, 3:3 so that no one would be shaken by these afflictions. For you yourselves know that we are destined for this. 3:4 For in fact when we were with you, we were telling you in advance that we would suffer affliction, and so it has happened, as you well know. 19  3:5 So 20  when I could bear it no longer, I sent to find out about your faith, for fear that the tempter somehow tempted you and our toil had proven useless.

3:6 But now Timothy has come 21  to us from you and given us the good news of your faith and love and that you always think of us with affection 22  and long to see us just as we also long to see you! 23  3:7 So 24  in all our distress and affliction, we were reassured about you, brothers and sisters, 25  through your faith. 3:8 For now we are alive again, 26  if you stand firm in the Lord. 3:9 For how can we thank God enough for you, 27  for all the joy we feel 28  because of you before our God? 3:10 We pray earnestly night and day to see you in person 29  and make up what may be lacking in your faith.

3:11 Now may God our Father himself and our Lord Jesus direct our way to you. 3:12 And may the Lord cause you to increase and abound in love for one another and for all, just as we do for you, 3:13 so that your hearts are strengthened in holiness to be blameless before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints. 30 

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