2 Thessalonians 1:1-3

In 1 Thessalonians 6:1-3 Paul begins to wrap up his letter to the Thessalonians by reminding them of his team that included Silvanus and Timothy who not only were trusted companions who traveled with Paul, but likely contributed to the letter as well. “Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” Silvanus is also known as Silas and traveled with Paul on his second missionary journey and spent time in prison with him as well in Philipi. Silas was with Paul when he was in person in Thessalonica.

Timothy was a trusted companion and associate of Paul, and he accompanied Paul on many of his missionary journeys. Paul sent Timothy to the Thessalonians on a previous occasion. With Silvanus, Timothy was also a collaborator on Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians. So these two were key companions and ministry associates that Paul wanted to make sure the Thessalonians were clear in understanding. Paul offers a blessing of grace and peace and reminds them that they are part of a church that Paul himself founded before being chased out of town by enemies of the Gospel. Paul’s deep concern for this young church was what drove him to write this letter.

Paul lets the church know that the giving of thanks for God’s great work was an obligation – he was bound to do so, and it was fitting, because of the work God did in the Thessalonian Christians. “We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing.” Spurgeon explained “It is your duty to praise him. You are bound by the bonds of his love as long as you live to bless his name. It is meet and comely that you should do so. It is not only a pleasurable exercise, but it is the absolute duty of the Christian life to praise God.”

The faith and love, thriving in the midst of persecutions and tribulations, made Paul boast of the Thessalonians to other churches. Spurgeon explained how to get a strong and growing faith: “By that means you are to grow. This is so with faith. Do all you can, and then do a little more; and when you can do that, then do a little more than you can. Always have something in hand that is greater then your present capacity. Grow up to it, and when you have grown up to it, grow more.” Paul didn’t want the Thessalonians, nor us for that matter, to get stuck in our faith. We need to grow in faith and love so that we can be healthy as a Christ Follower!

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