1 Thessalonians 1



1 Thessalonians 1 expresses Paul's gratitude for the Thessalonians' faith, their positive response to the Gospel, and their transformation from idolatry to serving the living God. The chapter highlights the Thessalonians as examples of genuine faith, and it emphasizes the role of the Holy Spirit and the hope of Christ's return in their lives.


  1. Thanksgiving for the Thessalonians' Faith (1 Thessalonians 1:1-4): Paul begins the letter by offering thanks to God for the Thessalonians, mentioning them in his prayers and recalling their work of faith, labor of love, and steadfast hope in Christ. He recognizes God's choice of them and the powerful work of the Holy Spirit in their lives.
  2. The Thessalonians as Examples (1 Thessalonians 1:5-10): Paul praises the Thessalonians for becoming imitators of Paul, Silvanus (Silas), and Timothy, and for receiving the word in much affliction with joy inspired by the Holy Spirit. Their faith has become known in Macedonia and Achaia, and they have turned from idols to serve the living and true God. Paul commends them for their waiting for the return of Jesus, the Son whom God raised from the dead and who delivers believers from the coming wrath.