THE FIRST EPISTLE OF PAUL
Author: Paul with Silvanus and Timothy (1:1).
Time of Writing: Approximately A.D. 54, during Paul's second ministry journey, while he remained in Corinth (1:1; 3:6; Acts 18:1, 5).
Place of Writing: Corinth; see verses in the previous item.
Recipient: The church of the Thessalonians (1:1).
A Holy Life for the Church Life --
Serving the Living God,
Conducting Ourselves in a Holy Manner,
and Waiting for the Lord's Coming
1 Paul and aSilvanus and bTimothy to the 1cchurch of the 2Thessalonians in 3God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: dGrace to you and peace.
II. The Content -- A Holy Life
for the Church
A. Its Structure
2 We athank God always concerning all of you, making bmention of you in our prayers,
3 Remembering unceasingly your 1work of 2afaith and 3labor of blove and 4endurance of chope in our Lord Jesus Christ, before our God and Father;
B. Its Origination
4 Knowing, brothers, abeloved of God, your 1bselection;
5 For our agospel did not come to you in word only, but also in bpower and in the cHoly Spirit and in much assurance, even as you know 1dwhat kind of men we were among you for your sake.
6 And you became 1aimitators of us and of the Lord, having received the 2word in much affliction with bjoy of the cHoly Spirit,
7 So that you became a 1apattern to all those who believe in bMacedonia and in cAchaia.
8 For from you the word of the Lord has sounded out; not only in Macedonia and in Achaia, but in every place, your 1afaith toward God has gone out, so that we have no need of saying anything.
9 For they themselves report concerning us 1what kind of entrance we had toward you and how you 2aturned to God from the bidols to 3cserve a 4dliving and etrue God
10 And 1aawait His Son from the bheavens, whom He craised from the dead, Jesus, who ddelivers us from the 2ewrath which is coming.