Chapter 1:1-10, The Outline and Text


J. Deering,



THE BOOK OF 1 Thessalonians, Chapter 1:1-10
The TEXT with Outline



First Thessalonians

1:1    (From:) Paul and Silvanus and Timothy,
        To the church
                of the Thessalonians
                in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:
Grace to you and peace.



  1. I.       PERSONAL AND HISTORICAL, 1:2-3:13

    1. Paul's Commendation of the Thessalonians, 1:2-10

      1. The content of his commendation, 1:2-8

        1. Their work of faith, 2-3a, 4-5
          We give thanks to God always for all of you, making mention of you in our prayers; 3a constantly bearing in mind your work of faith

          4 knowing, brethren beloved by God, His choice of you; 5 for our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction; just as you know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake.

        2. Their Labor of love, 3b, 8
          3b and labor of love

          8 For the word of the Lord has sounded forth from you, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith toward God has gone forth, so that we have no need to say anything.

        3. Their Patience of hope, 3c 6-7

          3c and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the presence of our God and Father,

          6 You also became imitators of us and of the Lord, having received the word in much tribulation with the joy of the Holy Spirit, 7 so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia.

      2. The confirmation of his commendation, 1:9-10

        1. Thessalonians' faith confirmed, 9a,b

          9a For they themselves report about us 9b what kind of a reception we had with you,

        2. Thessalonians' love confirmed, 9c

          9c and how you turned to God from idols to serve a living and true God,

        3. Thessalonians' hope confirmed, 10

          1. The character of their hope, 10a

            10a and to wait for His Son from heaven,

          2. The content of their hope, 10b

            10b whom He raised from the dead,

          3. The center of their hope, 10c

            10c that is Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath to come.