Paul encourages the believers to continue despite persecution.
1. Why does Paul give thanks for the Thessalonian believers?
v 3 We are bound to always give thanks to God for you, brothers, even as it is appropriate, because your faith grows exceedingly, and the love of each and every one of you towards one another abounds,
2. For what two attributes, is Paul commending them, despite all the persecutions and afflictions they are suffering?
v 4 ... for your perseverance and faith in all your persecutions and in the afflictions which you endure.
3. What does Paul say will happen to all those who do not obey the Good News taught by Jesus?
v 9 ... who will pay the penalty: eternal destruction from the face of the Lord and from the glory of his might,
- v 1 to 4 Paul and his companions give thanks for the Thessalonian believers. They hold them up as an example of how to live, to groups of believers elsewhere
- v 5 to 10 Paul reassures the Thessalonians, that when Jesus comes, their persecutors will be destroyed. However the believers will be considered worthy of the Kingdom of God
- v 11 and 12 Paul prays for salvation for the Thessalonians in the future, and for God’s grace to be with them now