I Thessalonians     Faithfulness to God's Good News          The Revealed Translation

 

         

 I Thessalonians One          Faith In Godís Good News

 

I Thess. 1:1  To the church people of God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ that are living in Thessalonica, from Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy. Grace and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

I Thess. 1:2  We always thank God for you every time we pray,

 

I Thess. 1:3  about your faith, loving work, and your patient hope in our Lord Jesus Christ under the watch care of our God and Father.

 

I Thess. 1:4  We know God picked you to be His people.

 

I Thess. 1:5  The good news of our words came to you by the power and assurance of the Holy Spirit, and you knew what kind of people we were in helping you.

 

I Thess. 1:6  And you became followers with us of our Lord in spite of the sufferings it caused, but the Holy Spirit brings you joy.

 

I Thess. 1:7  And you became good examples to all of our Lord's believers in Macedonia and Achaia.

 

I Thess. 1:8  And you spread the Lord's good news everywhere in those regions to the point the news of your faith in God is now known throughout, and we don't even have to mention it.

 

I Thess. 1:9  Everyone talks about how you welcomed us and turned away from idols to serve the living true God

 

I Thess. 1:10  and waiting for his Son Jesus Christ to come from heaven. God raised him from the dead to rescue us from God's fierce anger.

 

                                I Thessalonians Two                   Pure Motives for God

 

I Thess. 2:1  You know, my friends, we didnít waste our time with you.

 

I Thess. 2:2  for though we were insulted and mistreated at Philippi, God gave us boldness to still tell you His good news during great opposition.

 

I Thess. 2:3  We were never deceitful nor hiding impure motives when we proclaimed our good news to you, and we didn't try to fool you.

 

I Thess. 2:4  God knows our motives and He took pleasure in trusting us with His good news. We speak to please God not people.

 

I Thess. 2:5  God saw, and you know, that we didn't try to flatter anyone as a way to get your money.

 

I Thess. 2:6  We never sought glory, or praise, or demanded things from you, though we are apostles of Jesus Christ.

 

I Thess. 2:7  We were gentle with you like a nursing mother loving her children.

 

I Thess. 2:8  Our care for you grew so deeply as we gave you Godís good news we were even willing to give up our lives for you.

 

I Thess. 2:9  My friends, remember our hard work, night and day, struggling to make a living so we could tell you God's good news without becoming a burden to any of you.

 

I Thess. 2:10  You and God are both witnesses to how we were pure, just, and blameless in our actions among you believers.

 

I Thess. 2:11  And how we encouraged, comforted, and inspired you as a father would do for his own children.

 

I Thess. 2:12  To live a lifestyle worthy and honorable to God for He calls you into His kingdom and glory.

 

I Thess. 2:13  And we constantly thank God you received the word of God we proclaimed to you as it came directly from God, and not made up by humans. You accepted this truth and now God is at work within you who believe.

 

I Thess. 2:14  And you became imitators of God's churches in Judea, for they follow Jesus Christ there, and you were mistreated by your very own people just like they were.

 

I Thess. 2:15  They killed the Lord Jesus Christ, their own prophets, and persecuted us. God is not pleased with them and they oppose everyone.

 

I Thess. 2:16  They forbid us from speaking the good news of salvation to the Gentiles but their sins have filled up to the point that Godís fierce anger is coming upon them.

 

I Thess. 2:17  Though, dear friends, we were kept from seeing you, you are close to our hearts and we eagerly desire to see your faces.

 

I Thess. 2:18  We always wanted to come see you. I, Paul, tried several times, but Satan prevented us.

 

I Thess. 2:19  And what could be our hope, and joy, and crown of rejoicing? Is it not seeing you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming?

 

I Thess. 2:20  For you are our glory and joy!

 

                  

                    I Thessalonians Three       Persecution and Perseverance

 

I Thess. 3:1  So, we couldn't bear it any longer and decided to remain in Athens

 

I Thess. 3:2  and send our friend Timothy to you. He works with us as God's servant and preaches the good news about Jesus Christ. We wanted him to strengthen and encourage your faith.

 

I Thess. 3:3  We didn't want you discouraged by the troubles you knew we are appointed to suffer.

 

I Thess. 3:4  We told you we would suffer, as you know.

 

I Thess. 3:5  And when I could not wait any longer, I sent Timothy to investigate your faith and I hoped Satan had not tempted you to make our work useless.

 

I Thess. 3:6  Timothy has returned from his visit with you telling us about your faith and love. He said you have fond memories of us and you want to see us as much as we want to see you.

 

I Thess. 3:7  My friends, even through our troubles and sufferings, your faith makes us feel better about you.

 

I Thess. 3:8  Your standing firm in the faith of our Lord is what we live for.

 

I Thess. 3:9  How can we thank God enough for all the happiness and joy you bring us?

 

I Thess. 3:10  We pray night and day to see you again and make your faith even more complete.

 

I Thess. 3:11  And pray that God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ will direct us to you.

 

I Thess. 3:12  May the Lord increase your love for each other and everyone else as we love you.

 

I Thess. 3:13  and He will make your hearts blameless and holy in the sight of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus Christ returns with all his people.

 

I Thessalonians Four        Love And Holiness

 

I Thess. 4:1  Finally, my friends, we urge you in our Lord Jesus Christ to live as we taught you, pleasing God more and more.

 

I Thess. 4:2  Remember the instructions we gave you from the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

I Thess. 4:3  Godís will is for you to be holy and stay away from sexual immorality.

 

I Thess. 4:4  You should know how to respect and honor your body.

 

I Thess. 4:5  Don't be a slave of lustful desires like the people who don't know God.

 

I Thess. 4:6  Donít take advantage of any of the Lord's followers in lust. Remember that we warned you that the Lord punishes anyone who does these things.

 

I Thess. 4:7  God did not choose us to be unclean. He wants us to be holy.

 

I Thess. 4:8  So if you reject these rules, you are not rejecting us, you are rejecting God, who gives us His Holy Spirit.

 

I Thess. 4:9  We don't have to write you about the need to love one another. God has taught you to do this,

 

I Thess. 4:10  and you show your love for all His people in Macedonia. But, my friends, we ask you to do even more.

 

I Thess. 4:11  Live quietly, minding your own business, and work hard, as we taught you to do.

 

I Thess. 4:12  Then you will be respected by people who are not followers of the Lord, and will be self sufficient.

 

I Thess. 4:13  My friends, I want you to understand how it will be for the followers who have already died so you won't grieve over them like those who don't have any hope.

 

I Thess. 4:14  We believe Jesus died and was raised to new life. We also believe that when God brings Jesus back again, He will bring with him all who had faith in Jesus before they died.

 

I Thess. 4:15  The Word of Our Lord reveals to us that when He returns, we who are alive won't go up first to meet him ahead of his followers who already died.

 

I Thess. 4:16  The Lord himself will descend from heaven with a loud command from the chief angel, and with the trumpet of God, and those who had faith in Jesus Christ before they died will be raised first to new life.

 

I Thess. 4:17  Then, those of us still alive and remaining will be taken up into the clouds together with them to meet the Lord in the sky, and we will stay with the Lord forever.

 

I Thess. 4:18  Comfort one another with these words.

 

                       I Thessalonians Five           Darkness and Light

 

I Thess. 5:1  You do not need to know the time or date when these things happen.

 

I Thess. 5:2  You already know that the day of the Lord will be like a thief coming in the night time.

 

I Thess. 5:3  People will say there is peace and safety but destruction will suddenly strike them like the pains of a woman about to give birth, and they won't escape.

 

I Thess. 5:4  But you, dear friends, are not in darkness, so this day will not surprise you like a thief.

 

I Thess. 5:5  You are of the light and daytime, not of the night or darkness.

 

I Thess. 5:6  Donít sleep as others do but stay alert and sober.

 

I Thess. 5:7  People sleep and get drunk at night.

 

I Thess. 5:8  But we belong to the day so stay alert and put on the breastplate of faith and love and the hope of salvation as our helmet.

 

I Thess. 5:9  Godís desire is not to punish us, but wants us to be saved through our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

I Thess. 5:10  Jesus Christ died for us to live with him, though we are alive or dead when he comes.

 

I Thess. 5:11  That's why you must encourage and help each other, as you are doing.

 

I Thess. 5:12  My friends, be thoughtful of your leaders who work hard and tell you how to live for the Lord.

 

I Thess. 5:13  Show love and respect for their hard work and live in peace with one another.

 

I Thess. 5:14  My friends, warn anyone who isn't living right, encourage anyone who feels left out, help the weak, and be patient with everyone.

 

I Thess. 5:15  Don't be evil to those who are evil to you. Be good to each other and everyone else.

 

I Thess. 5:16  Always be joyful

 

I Thess. 5:17  Never stop praying.

 

I Thess. 5:18  And whatever happens, keep thanking God for Jesus Christ. This is what God wants you to do.

 

I Thess. 5:19  Don't turn away God's Spirit

 

I Thess. 5:20  Donít ignore prophecies.

 

I Thess. 5:21  Test all things and hold on to what is good.

 

I Thess. 5:22  Don't have anything to do with evil.

 

I Thess. 5:23  I pray that God, who gives peace, will make you completely holy. And may your spirit, soul, and body be kept healthy and blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ returns.

 

I Thess. 5:24  The one who chose you can be trusted, and he will do this.

 

I Thess. 5:25  My friends, pray for us too.

 

I Thess. 5:26  Give the Lord's followers a warm greeting.

 

I Thess. 5:27  In the name of the Lord I beg you to read this letter to all his followers.

 

I Thess. 5:28  I pray that our Lord Jesus Christ will be kind to you!

 

              

                    II  Thessalonians One       Faithfulness to Godís Kingdom

 

II Thess. 1:1  From Paul, Silas, and Timothy, to the church in Thessalonica, of God our Father and of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

II Thess. 1:2  Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

II Thess. 1:3  We always thank God for you because of your growing faith in God and your growing love towards one another.

 

II Thess. 1:4  We brag about you to all of God's churches about your patience, faithfulness, and endurance through all your persecutions and troubles.

 

II Thess. 1:5  Your attitude shows that Godís process is making you fit to share in His kingdom, for which you are suffering.

 

II Thess. 1:6  It is right for God to punish those causing you trouble,

 

II Thess. 1:7   and give you rest from your difficulties. He will do the same for us when the Lord Jesus Christ is revealed from heaven with his powerful angels,

 

II Thess. 1:8  and with flaming fire, punishing those who don't know God and refuse to obey the good news of Jesus Christ.

 

II Thess. 1:9  Their punishment will be an eternal destruction away from the presence of our Lord and his glorious power.

 

II Thess. 1:10  This will happen on that day when the Lord returns to be praised and admired by those who have faith in Him and belong to Him,  including you, because you believed in our testimony.

 

II Thess. 1:11  We always pray that God will consider you worthy of His calling for you and God's power will give you faith to fulfill the good work in His pleasure and goodness.

 

II Thess. 1:12  And according to our Godís grace, you will bring honor and glory to the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, and He will, in return, bring honor and glory to you.