1 Thessalonians
Chapter 1

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1 Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians which is in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.

2 We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers;

3 Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father;

4 Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God.

5 For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.

6 And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost:

7 So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia.

8 For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God-ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing.

9 For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye 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, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.

Commentary for 1 Thessalonians 1

This epistle is generally considered to have been the first of those written by St. Paul. The occasion seems to have been the good report of the stedfastness of the church at Thessalonica in the faith of the gospel. It is full of affection and confidence, and more consolatory and practical, and less doctrinal, than some of the other epistles.The faith, love, and patience of the Thessalonians, are evident tokens of their election which was manifested in the power with which the gospel came to them. (1-5) Its powerful and exemplary effects upon their hearts and lives. (6-10)1-5 As all good comes from God, so no good can be hoped for by sinners, but from God in Christ. And the best good may be expected from God, as our Father, for the sake of Christ. We should pray, not only for ourselves, but for others also; remembering them without ceasing. Wherever there is a true faith, it will work; it will affect both the heart and life. Faith works by love; it shows itself in love to God, and love to our neighbour. And wherever there is a well-grounded hope of eternal life, this will appear by the exercise of patience; and it is a sign of sincerity, when in all we do, we seek to approve ourselves to God. By this we may know our election, if we not only speak of the things of God with out lips, but feel their power in our hearts, mortifying our lusts, weaning us from the world, and raising us up to heavenly things. Unless the Spirit of God comes with the word of God, it will be to us a dead letter. Thus they entertained it by the power of the Holy Ghost. They were fully convinced of the truth of it, so as not to be shaken in mind by objections and doubts; and they were willing to leave all for Christ, and to venture their souls and everlasting condition upon the truth of the gospel revelation.

6-10 When careless, ignorant, and immoral persons are turned from their carnal pursuits and connexions, to believe in and obey the Lord Jesus, to live soberly, righteously, and godly, the matter speaks for itself. The believers under the Old Testament waited for the coming of the Messiah, and believers now wait for his second coming. He is yet to come. And God had raised him from the dead, which is a full assurance unto all men that he will come to judgment. He came to purchase salvation, and will, when he comes again, bring salvation with him, full and final deliverance from that wrath which is yet to come. Let all, without delay, flee from the wrath to come, and seek refuge in Christ and his salvation.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for 1 Thessalonians 1

  • Lenear
    In the third chapter, a question is asked where were they when they wrote the letter. They gave an incorrect answer of Corinth. The correct answer should be Athens. It also states Athens at the end of chapter 5.
  • Vanessa
    This was a letter Paul wrote to the church, speaking how pleased God was that they turned from idols and excepted Jesus as their Lord and saviour,as we all should be thankful and grateful for the love of the living God, there is knowone greater then he, praise him in prayer, speak of him often, if you don't have the wisdom you feel of his word ask him, live in faith, trust in him,except the Lord
  • Steve morrow
    1 THESSALONIANS 1:3 remembering without ceasing your -- WORK OF FAITH -- and labor of love and patience of hope in our LORD JESUS CHRIST in the sight of GOD OUR FATHER 2 TIMOTHY 2:13 hold fast the form of sound words which thou hast heard of me -- IN FAITH -- and love which is in CHRIST JESUS
  • Mary Brown
    this chapter address the three person, this I read, but didn't Paul wrote the book of Thessalonian.
  • Gerald
    Ivan, it's not works that saves a man but believe in Christ. Jesus died for us not the devil. If we have a relationship He can never say, I NEVER KNEW YOU. Not of works lest any man should boast. If we obey and have a close relationship we will have good works. Jesus NEVER said after He resurrected He would come back twice. That's man making scripture fitting his views. Devil cant take us we r His
  • Steve morrow
    -- WORK -- 1 THASSALONIANS 1:3 remembering without ceasing your work of faith and labor of love and patience of hope in our LORD JESUS CHRIST in the sight of GOD AND OUR FATHER 2 THESSALONIANS 1:11 wherefore we also pray always for you that our --GOD WOULD COUNT YOU WORTHY-- of this calling and fulfill all the good pleasure of HIS goodness and the --- WORK OF FAITH --- with power
  • A disciple
    Ivan; It is extremely important what we believe; and is nothing contained in Scripture that we may have our own opinions about. It is imperative that we be here up to the end for God to judge the world. We are ordained and anointed for being witnesses of the grace of Jesus Christ, and His completed work of our Redemption; by the power of the Holy Spirit who sanctifies us, and uses us to convict.
  • Ivan
    Bruce. Yes you are correct about believers experiencing tribulation, but that is not the 7 year tribulation spoken of in Daniel and Revelation. The 7 year tribulation is the wrath of God upon man kind. Last wake up call. Not meant for the bride of Christ.

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Bible Trivia

Who wrote the first letter to Thessalonians?
  • Timothy
  • John
  • Mark
  • Paul, Silvanus and Timothy.