2 Thessalonians 1:4-Strong Faith In Jesus Christ Reveals Special Qualities

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so that we ourselves boast about you in the assemblies of God for your perseverance and faith in all your persecutions and in the afflictions which you endure. (WEB)

Paul was telling the other churches how the church in Thessalonica’s walk with the Lord was shining. Let’s look closely at some of the keywords mentioned here and why Paul was boasting.

The believers in Thessalonica’s spiritual qualities

  1. Perseverance-The word means not to quit the task set before them, even if you are tired mentally or physically. It also shows a deep conviction with a mental focus to finish what they have started.
  2. Faith-It doesn’t just mean to believe but, to have trust. Trust means to live your life according to what you have been convinced of without deviating from it.  

The believers in Thessalonica were going through persecutions and afflictions which revealed the genuineness of their faith by not giving up or abandoning Christ, they held on to Him even tighter. 

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2 Thessalonians 1:1-An Introduction Of Paul, Silvanus, And Timothy

2 Thess

1 Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, to the assembly of the Thessalonians in God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ (WEB)

Paul is also known as Saul who persecuted the church before his transformation [Acts 8:1-3] and was used greatly by the Lord Jesus Christ after his conversion [Acts 9:1-18] to spread the Gospel, debate Judaizers who wanted the believers to go back to the law, and to plant churches. 

Silvanus or Silas was a companion of Paul during his mission trips to Asia Minor [mordern day Turkey] and the establishment of the 7 churches spoken about in the Book of Revelation and through Greece [1 Corinthians 1:19]

Timothy was also a companion of Paul and would be dispatch by Paul to the churches like the one in Thessalonica to encourage them to continue in the faith and mission they have received from the Lord. In 1 Timothy 1:3, Paul sent Timothy to Ephesus to help stop some brethren from preaching and teaching false doctrine. Timothy was instrumental to Paul and the churches, helping the believers from drifting away from the truth.