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1I, Paul, am writing this letter. Silas and Timothy join me in writing.
We are sending this letter to you, the members of the church in Thessalonica. You belong to God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
May grace and peace be given to you.
Paul Gives Thanks for the Thessalonians’ Faith
2We always thank God for all of you. We keep on praying for you. 3We remember you when we pray to our God and Father. Your work is produced by your faith. Your service is the result of your love. Your strength to continue comes from your hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.
4Brothers and sisters, you are loved by God. We know that he has chosen you. 5Our good news didn’t come to you only in words. It came with power. It came with the Holy Spirit’s help. He gave us complete faith in what we were preaching. You know how we lived among you for your good. 6We and the Lord were your examples. You followed us. You welcomed our message even when you were suffering terribly. You welcomed it with the joy the Holy Spirit gives. 7So you became a model to all the believers in the lands of Macedonia and Achaia. 8The Lord’s message rang out from you. That was true not only in Macedonia and Achaia. Your faith in God has also become known everywhere. So we don’t have to say anything about it. 9The believers themselves report the kind of welcome you gave us. They tell about how you turned away from statues of gods. And you turned to serve the living and true God. 10They tell about how you are waiting for his Son to come from heaven. God raised him from the dead. He is Jesus. He saves us from God’s anger, and his anger is sure to come.
11:1 Mdo 16:1; 17:1; Rum 1:7Paulo, Silvano1:1 Yaani Sila. na Timotheo:
Kwa kanisa la Wathesalonike, ninyi mlio ndani ya Mungu Baba yetu na ndani ya Bwana Yesu Kristo:
Neema iwe kwenu na amani.
Shukrani Kwa Ajili Ya Imani Ya Wathesalonike
21:2 Rum 1:8; 2The 1:11; Efe 1:16; Flm 4Siku zote tunamshukuru Mungu kwa ajili yenu ninyi nyote, tukiwataja kwenye maombi yetu daima. 31:3 2The 1:11; 1The 2:13; Yn 6:29; Gal 5:6; 1The 3:6; Yak 2:17; Rum 16:6Tunaikumbuka daima kazi yenu ya imani mbele za Mungu aliye Baba yetu, taabu yenu katika upendo na saburi yenu ya tumaini katika Bwana wetu Yesu Kristo.
41:4 Kol 3:12; 2The 2:13Ndugu zetu mpendwao na Mungu, kwa kuwa tunajua kwamba Mungu amewachagua, 51:5 2The 2:14; Mk 16:20; 1Kor 6:6; Kol 2:2kwa sababu ujumbe wetu wa Injili haukuja kwenu kwa maneno matupu bali pia ulidhihirishwa katika nguvu na katika Roho Mtakatifu, tena ukiwa na uthibitisho kamili, kama vile ninyi wenyewe mnavyojua jinsi tulivyoenenda katikati yenu kwa ajili yenu. 61:6 1Kor 4:16; Mdo 17:5-10; 13:52Nanyi mkawa wafuasi wetu na wa Bwana, ingawa mlipata mateso mengi, mlilipokea lile Neno kwa furaha katika Roho Mtakatifu. 71:7 1The 4:10; Flp 3:7; 1Pet 5:3; 1Tim 4:12Hivyo ninyi mkawa kielelezo kwa waumini wote katika Makedonia na Akaya. 81:8 Rum 1:8; 10:18Kwa maana kutoka kwenu neno la Bwana limesikika, si katika Makedonia na Akaya tu, bali pia imani yenu katika Mungu imejulikana kila mahali kiasi kwamba hatuna haja ya kusema lolote kwa habari yake. 91:9 1Kor 12:2; Gal 4:8Kwa maana watu wa maeneo hayo wenyewe wanaeleza jinsi mlivyotupokea na jinsi mlivyomgeukia Mungu mkaacha sanamu, ili kumtumikia Mungu aliye hai na wa kweli 101:10 Mdo 2:24; Rum 5:9na ili kumngojea Mwanawe kutoka mbinguni, ambaye Mungu alimfufua kutoka kwa wafu: yaani, Yesu, yeye aliyetuokoa kutoka ghadhabu inayokuja.