Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

帖撒罗尼迦后书 1

1我保罗同西拉和提摩太写信给帖撒罗尼迦属于我们父上帝和主耶稣基督的教会。

愿我们的父上帝和主耶稣基督赐给你们恩典和平安!

感恩与劝勉

弟兄姊妹,我们应当为你们常常感谢上帝,这是合宜的,因为你们的信心不断增长,彼此相爱的心也不断增加。 因此,我们在上帝的众教会中夸奖你们在各种迫害和患难中的坚忍和信心。 你们这种表现正是上帝公义审判的明证,使你们配进上帝的国,你们正在为这国受苦。

上帝是公义的,祂必以患难来报应那些迫害你们的人。 当主耶稣和祂大能的天使在烈焰中从天上显现时,祂必使你们这些受苦的人和我们同得安慰, 惩罚那些不认识上帝、不听从有关我们主耶稣之福音的人。 那些人要受的刑罚就是离开主的面和祂荣耀的权能,永远灭亡。 10 主降临的那日,祂要在祂的众圣徒中得到荣耀,使所有的信徒惊叹不已。你们也会在当中,因为你们相信了我们做的见证。

11 因此,我们常常为你们祷告,愿我们的上帝看你们配得祂的呼召,用大能成全你们一切美好的心愿和凭信心所做的工作。 12 这样,按照我们的上帝和主耶稣基督所赐的恩典,主耶稣基督的名便在你们身上得到荣耀,你们也在祂身上得到荣耀。

The Message

2 Thessalonians 1

11-2 I, Paul, together with Silas and Timothy, greet the church of the Thessalonian Christians in the name of God our Father and our Master, Jesus Christ. Our God gives you everything you need, makes you everything you’re to be.

Justice Is on the Way

3-4 You need to know, friends, that thanking God over and over for you is not only a pleasure; it’s a must. We have to do it. Your faith is growing phenomenally; your love for each other is developing wonderfully. Why, it’s only right that we give thanks. We’re so proud of you; you’re so steady and determined in your faith despite all the hard times that have come down on you. We tell everyone we meet in the churches all about you.

5-10 All this trouble is a clear sign that God has decided to make you fit for the kingdom. You’re suffering now, but justice is on the way. When the Master Jesus appears out of heaven in a blaze of fire with his strong angels, he’ll even up the score by settling accounts with those who gave you such a bad time. His coming will be the break we’ve been waiting for. Those who refuse to know God and refuse to obey the Message will pay for what they’ve done. Eternal exile from the presence of the Master and his splendid power is their sentence. But on that very same day when he comes, he will be exalted by his followers and celebrated by all who believe—and all because you believed what we told you.

11-12 Because we know that this extraordinary day is just ahead, we pray for you all the time—pray that our God will make you fit for what he’s called you to be, pray that he’ll fill your good ideas and acts of faith with his own energy so that it all amounts to something. If your life honors the name of Jesus, he will honor you. Grace is behind and through all of this, our God giving himself freely, the Master, Jesus Christ, giving himself freely.