1 Thessalonians is one of Paul's Epistles. Epistles are
letters that Paul wrote to Christians in the early churches.
The books of 1 and 2 Thessalonians were written
to the church in the city of Thessalonki in Greece.
Paul started the church in Thessalonki, but he had trouble there and
had to leave in a hurry. He sent his helper, Timothy, back a few
months later to check on the church. Timothy came back with a good
report. Then, Paul wrote his first letter to the Christians in
Paul's first letter to the Thessalonians was to encourage them
and to help them grow as Christians. Paul writes to them about
the time when Jesus will come back to earth. He tells them
about the Rapture when the Christians on earth and the Christians
who have already died will be taken up to heaven.
1 Thessalonians may have been the first letter that Paul wrote to
any of the churches.
|The city of Thessaloniki
1 Thessalonians 1 -5
Paul greets the Christians in Thessaloniki.
We should try to please God.
Jesus will come back.
Paul tells about the day that Jesus comes back.
1 Thessalonians 1
Greetings from Paul to the
Christians in Thessaloniki
This letter is from
Paul and his helpers, Silvanus and Timotheus. They are writing this
letter to the Christians in the new church in Thessaloniki, Greece.
The church worships God the Father and Jesus Christ.
Paul writes, "Grace and peace to you from God our Father, and the Lord
We always thank God for you. We pray for
 Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the
Thessalonians which is in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus
Christ: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the
Lord Jesus Christ.
 We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you
in our prayers;
We always remember your faith and
how hard you work. We remember your hope and patience as you work
for our Lord Jesus Christ. We know that God loves you and He chose
 Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of
love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of
God and our Father;
 Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God.
We told you the gospel, the good news about
Jesus. The Holy Spirit showed you we were telling you the truth. You
saw that we were good men while we were living with you. You saw
that we cared about you.
 For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in
power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what
manner of men we were among you for your sake.
Even though it caused you to suffer, you
followed us. The Holy Spirit made you joyful. Christians in
Macedonia and Achaia saw how you were joyful even while you
suffered. You were examples to them.
 And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received
the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost:
 So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and
Your faith and God's message went out to
Macedonia and Achaia, but also to people far away. We don't
have to say anything more about that because they have seen you.
They saw how you welcomed us. They saw how you turned away from
false gods and idols to serve God who lives and is true.
 For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in
Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God-ward
is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing.
 For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had
unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living
and true God;
They talk about how you are waiting for
God's Son to come from heaven. God raised Jesus from the dead.
Jesus will save all of us when God judges the Earth. God
will be angry with the world, but Jesus will save the believers.
 And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the
dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.
1 Thessalonians 2
About Paul's travels and his ministry
Brothers, you know that our time with
you was not a waste of time.
 For yourselves, brethren, know our entrance in unto you, that it
was not in vain:
We had been treated badly in the city of
Philippi. But God made us brave to talk to you about the gospel of
 But even after that we had suffered before, and were shamefully
entreated, as ye know, at Philippi, we were bold in our God to speak
unto you the gospel of God with much contention.
We were not trying to be sneaky when
we talked to you. God trusted us to tell you the good news. We
tried to make God happy. God knows how we feel inside.
 For our exhortation was not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor
 But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the
gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth
We did not try to flatter anyone. We
weren't greedy and trying to get money. God knows this is
 For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know,
nor a cloke of covetousness; God is witness:
We did not try to make people praise
us. We could have asked for help from you, but we did not. We
treated you gently like a mother treats her baby.
 Nor of men sought we glory, neither of you, nor yet of others,
when we might have been burdensome, as the apostles of Christ.
 But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her
We loved you, and we were willing
to risk our lives to share the Gospel with you.
 So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have
imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own
souls, because ye were dear unto us.
Remember how we worked day and night to
support ourselves. We did not want to be a burden to you for our
 For ye remember, brethren, our labour and travail: for labouring
night and day, because we would not be chargeable unto any of you,
we preached unto you the gospel of God.
You and God are witnesses that we behaved well. We were honest and
did nothing that was wrong.
 Ye are witnesses, and God also, how holily and justly and
unblameably we behaved ourselves among you that believe:
We treated you like our own children.
We encouraged you to live in a way to honor God.
 As ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one
of you, as a father doth his children,
 That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his
kingdom and glory.
We thank God without stopping because you
accepted God's word from us. You knew it was from God and not
from men. Now, God is working in you.
 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when
ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not
as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which
effectually worketh also in you that believe.
Friends, you are like the followers of
Christ in Judea. They were treated badly by people in their
country. You are also being treated badly by people in your country.
 For ye, brethren, became followers of the churches of God which
in Judaea are in Christ Jesus: for ye also have suffered like things
of your own countrymen, even as they have of the Jews:
Those people killed the Lord Jesus and
their own prophets. They have persecuted us. They do not make
God happy. They are not nice people.
 Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and
have persecuted us; and they please not God, and are contrary to all
They did not let us talk to Gentiles to
save them. They continue to sin. They will be punished
 Forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be
saved, to fill up their sins alway: for the wrath is come upon them
to the uttermost.
We were taken away from you in person, but
we did not forget you. You were in our hearts. We wanted to
come back to see you. I tried to come back many times. But Satan
kept blocking us.
 But we, brethren, being taken from you for a short time in
presence, not in heart, endeavoured the more abundantly to see your
face with great desire.
 Wherefore we would have come unto you, even I Paul, once and
again; but Satan hindered us.
You are our hope and glory. We rejoice that
you will be with the Lord Jesus Christ when He returns.
 For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not
even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?
 For ye are our glory and joy.
1 Thessalonians 3
Why Timothy visited and what he said in his
report to Paul.
We couldn't stand it anymore. We decided to send Timothy to you. We
stayed in Athens (Greece) alone. We sent Timothy to comfort and
encourage you. He is our brother and minister of God. We
didn't want the rough times to shake your faith.
 Wherefore when we could no longer forbear, we thought it good to
be left at Athens alone;
 And sent Timotheus, our brother, and minister of God, and our
fellowlabourer in the gospel of Christ, to establish you, and to
comfort you concerning your faith:
 That no man should be moved by these afflictions: for yourselves
know that we are appointed thereunto.
When we were there with you, we warned
you that you would suffer hard times. Now, it has happened. That is
why I wrote to you. I couldn't stand it anymore not knowing
how you were doing. I was worried that you had been tempted. I
was afraid our hard work was for nothing.
 For verily, when we were with you, we told you before that we
should suffer tribulation; even as it came to pass, and ye know.
 For this cause, when I could no longer forbear, I sent to know
your faith, lest by some means the tempter have tempted you, and our
labour be in vain.
But Timothy came back from seeing you and
brought a good report. He said you are still strong in faith
and love. He said that you still remember us and want to see us
 But now when Timotheus came from you unto us, and brought us
good tidings of your faith and charity, and that ye have good
remembrance of us always, desiring greatly to see us, as we also to
That made us happy. Even though we are going through a hard time, we
are encouraged about your faith. We can continue to live if you are
strong in the Lord.
 Therefore, brethren, we were comforted over you in all our
affliction and distress by your faith:
 For now we live, if ye stand fast in the Lord.
How can we thank God for you? We feel joy for you in God's presence.
 For what thanks can we render to God again for you, for all the
joy wherewith we joy for your sakes before our God;
We pray night and day that we can see you again and help make your
 Night and day praying exceedingly that we might see your face,
and might perfect that which is lacking in your faith?
We pray for God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ to help us visit
 Now God himself and our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ,
direct our way unto you.
We pray for the Lord to make you increase your love toward one
another and toward everyone. That is how we feel about you.
 And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward
another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you:
We pray that your hearts will be pure to
God when our Lord Jesus Christ comes back again with His saints.
 To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness
before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ
with all his saints.
1 Thessalonians 4
We should try to please God.
We ask you to continue to live by God's
rules. You know the commandments that we gave to you by the Lord
 Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the
Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and
to please God, so ye would abound more and more.
 For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus.
God wants you to be holy. You should not
have sexual relations outside of marriage. Each of you should
have control over your body and do what is God's will.
 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye
should abstain from fornication:
 That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in
sanctification and honour;
You should not be sexually immoral like
people who do not know God.
 Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which
know not God:
You should not cheat your brother. We have
warned you about this. God will punish you to make it up to your
 That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter:
because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have
forewarned you and testified.
God has called us to be clean and holy.
 For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.
If anyone rejects this, they are rejecting
God who gives us His Holy Spirit.
 He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who
hath also given unto us his holy Spirit.
You don't need anyone to write to you about
loving your brothers. God already taught you to love one
 But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto
you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another.
You are showing love to your brothers in the area of Macedonia. But,
we ask you to show love to more and more people.
 And indeed ye do it toward all the brethren which are in all
Macedonia: but we beseech you, brethren, that ye increase more and
You should live quietly. Take care of your
own business. Work with your hands like we taught you. You
will be honest and won't have to depend on anyone for what you need.
 And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and
to work with your own hands, as we commanded you;
 That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and
that ye may have lack of nothing.
Jesus will come back
This is the first time in the Bible that the Rapture is
written about. This is when Jesus comes back to earth.
He takes people who believe in Him up to Heaven.
People who study the Bible have different opinions about
the Rapture and the time when Jesus comes back to earth.
believe that Jesus will come back and then there will be
a time of tribulation. Other Christians don't believe it
will happen that way.
But all agree
that He will come back, and He will rule the earth. They
believe that all believers will live forever.
I want you to know about people who die.
I don't want you to be sad like people who don't have any hope.
 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning
them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have
We believe that Jesus died and then lived
again. So, people who die and believe in Jesus will live again, too.
When Jesus comes back, He will bring them back.
 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them
also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
We are living now, but when Jesus comes
back, we will not be first. The people who died and believed
in Christ will be first. They will live again.
 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which
are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent
them which are asleep.
The Lord Jesus will come down from heaven.
There will be a shout from the archangel and God's trumpets.
 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout,
with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the
dead in Christ shall rise first:
The people who are still alive and believe
in Jesus will go up. They will meet the Lord in the clouds. We will
be with Jesus and the people who died but are alive again. We will
be with Jesus forever.
 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together
with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall
we ever be with the Lord.
Talk about this with each other, and you
will all feel better and stronger.
 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
1 Thessalonians 5
About the Day of the Lord
You wonder about the time that
Jesus will come back. There is no need to write you about that.
You know that day will come when you aren't looking for it. It will
come like a thief in the night. You will think everything is
peaceful, then suddenly things will be destroyed. It will
happen fast like when a woman goes into labor. People who
don't believe in Jesus will not
escape. But you brothers are not in darkness. You will not
have trouble on that day.
 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that
I write unto you.
 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh
as a thief in the night.
 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden
destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child;
and they shall not escape.
 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should
overtake you as a thief.
You are children of the light and
children of the day. You are not children of the night or darkness.
So, don't go to sleep like others. Stay awake and stay sober and
 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day:
we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and
People who sleep are not alert. They
sleep in the night. People who get drunk get drunk in the night.
 For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that
be drunken are drunken in the night.
Be we people of the day should be
sober. We should put on the breastplate of faith and love (be strong
in faith and love). We should put on the helmet of hope of salvation
(we should continue to hope).
 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the
breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of
God does not want us to have anger. He
wants to save us by our Lord Jesus Christ. He died for us. We will
live forever with Him. It will not matter if we are still alive when
He comes back or if we have died before He comes back.
 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation
by our Lord Jesus Christ,
 Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live
together with him.
That is why you should help each other and
keep each other encouraged.
 Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another,
even as also ye do.
This is why we beg you, brother, to have
respect for your leaders. They are trying to help you learn how to
live as the Lord's followers. Show them that you respect them.
Don't fight and argue with each other.
 And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among
you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you;
 And to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake.
And be at peace among yourselves.
We ask you, brothers, warn people who are
not behaving right. Help people who cannot think clearly.
Support people who are weak. Be patient with everyone.
 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort
the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.
Watch so that no one takes revenge on
people who have done bad things to them. Always follow the
people who are good. Rejoice and be happy always.
 See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever
follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.
 Rejoice evermore.
Pray, and don't stop praying.
 Pray without ceasing.
No matter what happens, thank God. This is
how God wants you to behave. Don't turn away from God's Spirit.
Don't hate the prophecies about the future.
 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in
Christ Jesus concerning you.
 Quench not the Spirit.
 Despise not prophesyings.
Test things to see if they are true or not. Keep what is good, and get rid
of what is evil.
 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
 Abstain from all appearance of evil.
We ask the God of Peace to make you holy. I
pray that your whole body and spirit are sinless until our Lord
Jesus Christ comes back. God is faithful. He will help you.
 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God
your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the
coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
 Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.
Brothers, please pray for us. Greet all of
the brothers for us. I ask, by the Lord Jesus, that you read
this letter to all of the brothers.
 Brethren, pray for us.
 Greet all the brethren with an holy kiss.
 I charge you by the Lord that this epistle be read unto all the
I pray that the grace of our Lord Jesus
Christ be with you. Amen.
 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.