The Message

1 Thessalonians 1

1I, Paul, together here with Silas and Timothy, send greetings to the church at Thessalonica, Christians assembled by God the Father and by the Master, Jesus Christ. God’s amazing grace be with you! God’s robust peace!

Convictions of Steel

2-5 Every time we think of you, we thank God for you. Day and night you’re in our prayers as we call to mind your work of faith, your labor of love, and your patience of hope in following our Master, Jesus Christ, before God our Father. It is clear to us, friends, that God not only loves you very much but also has put his hand on you for something special. When the Message we preached came to you, it wasn’t just words. Something happened in you. The Holy Spirit put steel in your convictions.

5-6 You paid careful attention to the way we lived among you, and determined to live that way yourselves. In imitating us, you imitated the Master. Although great trouble accompanied the Word, you were able to take great joy from the Holy Spirit!—taking the trouble with the joy, the joy with the trouble.

7-10 Do you know that all over the provinces of both Macedonia and Achaia believers look up to you? The word has gotten around. Your lives are echoing the Master’s Word, not only in the provinces but all over the place. The news of your faith in God is out. We don’t even have to say anything anymore—you’re the message! People come up and tell us how you received us with open arms, how you deserted the dead idols of your old life so you could embrace and serve God, the true God. They marvel at how expectantly you await the arrival of his Son, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescued us from certain doom.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

帖撒罗尼迦前书 1

1我保罗同西拉和提摩太写信给帖撒罗尼迦属于父上帝和主耶稣基督的教会。

愿恩典和平安归给你们!

信徒的榜样

我们常常为你们众人感谢上帝,为你们祷告, 在我们的父上帝面前不断地想到你们因信我们主耶稣基督而做的工作、因爱祂而受的劳苦和因祂所赐的盼望而激发的忍耐。

上帝所爱的弟兄姊妹,我们知道上帝拣选了你们, 因为我们传福音给你们不只是靠言语,也靠上帝的能力、圣灵的同在和充分的确据。你们也知道,我们为了你们的缘故怎样在你们中间行事为人。 你们效法了我们和我们的主,尽管深受苦难,仍然怀着圣灵所赐的喜乐领受真道, 成了马其顿和亚该亚所有信徒的榜样。 主的道从你们那里不仅传到了马其顿和亚该亚,还传到了其他各地,你们对上帝的信心也广为人知,我们无须再多说什么。 因为人们都在传讲你们如何接待我们,如何离弃偶像归向上帝,事奉又真又活的上帝, 10 等候祂的儿子从天降临,就是祂使之从死里复活、救我们脱离将来可怕审判[a]的耶稣。

Notas al pie

  1. 1:10 可怕审判”希腊文是“烈怒”。