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1 Thessalonians 1:2-4 The Passion Translation (TPT)

We are grateful to God for your lives[a] and we always pray for you. For we remember before our God and Father how you put your faith into practice, how your love motivates you to serve others, and how unrelenting is your hope-filled patience in our Lord Jesus Christ.[b]

Dear brothers and sisters,[c] you are dearly loved by God and we know that he has chosen you to be his very own.[d]


  1. 1 Thessalonians 1:2 Starting with v. 2 Paul begins one long and complicated Greek sentence that ends with v. 10.
  2. 1 Thessalonians 1:3 Paul mentions the three invaluable qualities of a believer’s life: faith, love, and hope. The Thessalonians put their faith into practice by turning away from all that was false (v. 9). They demonstrated their motive of love by serving God and others (v. 9). And they lived with undying hope that was centered upon the future appearing of Christ (v. 10).
  3. 1 Thessalonians 1:4 Although the Greek uses the term brothers (adelphoi), it is intended to express the group identity of those who follow Christ and not meant to be gender exclusive. Paul uses the term eighteen times in five chapters. First Thessalonians could be called Paul’s friendliest letter. He describes himself as a “father” and “mother” to them (2:7, 11) and calls them his “joy” and “trophy” (2:19).
  4. 1 Thessalonians 1:4 The perfect tense of the verb implies that God loved them in the past and continues to love them in the same way.
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