The 2nd letter that Paul wrote to the Christians at Thessalonica
This page tells a bit more about Paul’s 2nd letter to the Christians at Thessalonica
Thessalonica was a big town in the country that we now call Greece. It is still a big city today. Sometimes people now call that town Salonica.
About 2,000 years ago Paul went to Thessalonica to tell the people about Jesus Christ. Silas and Timothy went there with him, but after a few weeks they had to leave and go to another place (see Acts 17:1-15). A few months later, Paul wrote his 1st letter to those people in Thessalonica that believed in Jesus.
Soon after that, Paul heard that some other people were making bad trouble for the Christians at Thessalonica, and some people reckoned that Jesus already came back from heaven. So he wrote this 2nd letter to them to tell them the true story about these things.
In this letter Paul wrote about what will happen on the earth before Jesus comes back, and he said other good things too. So today we have to take notice of what he wrote a long time ago to the Christians at Thessalonica.
1 I am Paul, and this letter is from me and Silas and Timothy. They are helping me write this letter. We are sending it to you people that belong to God, the father of our leader, Jesus Christ. We are sending it to you Christians that live in the city called Thessalonica.
2 We are asking God, our Father, and Jesus Christ our leader, to be good to you, and to make you feel happy and quiet inside yourselves.
Paul thanked God for the Christians at Thessalonica
3 Our Christian friends, we know you are learning to trust God more and more, and you are loving each other more and more. So we have to thank God for you all the time.
4 And whenever we visit God’s people in the churches in other places, we tell them all about you. We tell them that you keep on believing in Jesus, no matter how much trouble people give you or how much they hit you.
Jesus will come back and God will judge people properly
5 All this shows us that God always judges people the right way. You see, you let God be your boss and you are in his family now, so other people don’t like you and they give you trouble. God lets them do that now so that you will be better people, and you will join his family.
6 God is a good and fair judge, and in the end he will do payback to them and give them trouble, just like they gave you trouble.
7 And he will let you rest and be happy, without any trouble. He will do this for you, and for us too, when Jesus, our leader, comes back. Everyone will see him come from heaven with a big mob of his strong angel messengers,
8 and with a lot of fire. They will punish all those people that don’t want to know God. Those people will not listen to the good story about Jesus, or do what he says.
9 God will go on punishing them for ever. He will properly ruin them. He will shut them out so they can never come near our leader, Jesus. They will never see how really great and powerful he is.
10 All this will happen on the day when Jesus will come back to the earth. His own people will show what great things he has done for them, and they will really respect him. And you will be there too in this mob. You believed what we told you about Jesus, so you will be with his people when he comes back to earth.
God can work powerfully in Christians
11 So we always pray for you. God picked you to be his own people, so we ask God to keep making you better people so that he will be happy to have you in his mob. You believe in Jesus and you want to do good things, so we pray that God will work powerfully in you, and that he will give you the power to do all those good things that you want to do.
12 We ask God to do this so that people will see how he works in you and they will really respect our leader, Jesus, and say good things about him. And we want you to be so good that Jesus will be happy with you too. We are asking those 2, God and our leader, Jesus Christ, to be really good to you.