2 Thessalonians 2:13-16 Revised Standard Version (RSV)
Chosen for Salvation
13 But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God chose you from the beginning[a] to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit[b] and belief in the truth. 14 To this he called you through our gospel, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15 So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter.
16 Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace,