2 Thessalonians 1

1Greetings from Paul, Silas, and Timothy. To the church ˻(group of believers)˼ that lives in Thessalonica. You people are in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 2Grace ˻(kindness)˼ and peace to you from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 3We thank God for you always. And we should do that because that is right for us to do. It is right because your faith is growing more and more. And the love that every one of you has for each other is also growing. 4So we boast about you to the other churches of God. We tell the other churches the way you continue to be strong and have faith. You are being persecuted and are suffering many troubles, but you continue with strength and faith. 5That is proof that God is right in his judgment. God wants you to be worthy of his kingdom. Your suffering is for that kingdom. 6God will do what is right. He will give trouble to those people who trouble you. 7And God will give peace to you people who are troubled. And he will give peace to us. God will give us this help when the Lord Jesus is shown to us. Jesus will come from heaven with his powerful angels. 8He will come from heaven with burning fire to punish those people who don’t know God. He will punish those people who refuse to accept the Good News about our Lord Jesus Christ. 9Those people will be punished with a destruction that continues forever. They will not be allowed to be with the Lord. Those people will be kept away from his great power. 10This will happen on the day when the Lord ˻Jesus˼ comes. Jesus will come to receive glory with his holy people. And all the people who have believed will be amazed at Jesus. You will be in that group of believers, because you believed the things we told you. 11That is why we always pray for you. We ask our God to help you live the good way that he called you to live. The goodness you have makes you want to do good. And the faith you have makes you work. We pray that with his power God will help you do these things more and more. 12We pray all this so that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ can have glory in you. And you can have glory in him. That glory comes from the grace ˻(kindness)˼ of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

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