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1 Thessalonians 1:1-2 The Passion Translation (TPT)

Paul Gives Thanks for the Thessalonians

From Paul, Silas,[a] and Timothy.[b] We send our greetings to you, the congregation[c] of believers in Thessalonica,[d] which is in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.[e] May God’s delightful grace[f] and peace rest upon you.[g]

We are grateful to God for your lives[h] and we always pray for you.


  1. 1 Thessalonians 1:1 Or “Silvanus,” whom most scholars believe is the Silas mentioned as a prophet in the Jerusalem church and Paul’s coworker in Macedonia (Acts 15:22-40; 16:19–40; 17:1–16). The name Silas is the Aramaic form of the Hebrew name Saul. Both Silas and Timothy had been with Paul when he first visited Thessalonica (Acts 17:4, 14). There are only four of Paul’s letters in the New Testament in which he does not call himself an apostle (1 and 2 Thessalonians, Philippians, and Philemon), most likely because of the deep relationship he already had with them.
  2. 1 Thessalonians 1:1 Ministry requires teamwork. Paul saw himself as part of a church-planting team made up of three men with wonderful giftings: Paul, Silas, and Timothy.
  3. 1 Thessalonians 1:1 The Greek word ekklēsia is best translated in this context as “congregation.” It means “called-out ones.” In Greek culture the ekklēsia were members of society who were given the duties of legislating on behalf of a city, similar to a city council. They were both “called out” and “called together” to function as those who have the responsibilities of shaping societal norms and the morality of culture.
  4. 1 Thessalonians 1:1 Thessalonica was the largest city in Macedonia and may have had a population of 200,000 when Paul wrote this letter.
  5. 1 Thessalonians 1:1 The church is both “in” God the Father and “in” Jesus Christ. The Trinity is making room for the bride.
  6. 1 Thessalonians 1:1 The usage of charis (grace) in ancient classical Greek carries the connotation of something that awakens joy and pleasure. The Greek concept of grace imparts delight, often attached to a strong emotional element. Paul uses the term grace as a joyous delight that rests upon the people of God (Thomas F. Torrance, The Doctrine of Grace in the Apostolic Fathers, 1–2).
  7. 1 Thessalonians 1:1 Some manuscripts add “from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”
  8. 1 Thessalonians 1:2 Starting with v. 2 Paul begins one long and complicated Greek sentence that ends with v. 10.
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