The Geneva Bible 1587 Edition
one of the most historically significant translations of the Bible into the English language,
preceding the King James translation by 51 years.
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1 Paul and Siluanus, and Timotheus, vnto the Church of the Thessalonians, which is in God our Father, and in the Lord Iesus Christ:
2 Grace be with you, & peace fro God our Father, and from the Lorde Iesus Christ.
3 The first part of the epistle, in which he rejoices that through the grace of God, they have bravely sustained all the assaults of their enemies. And in this he strengthens and encourages them, moreover showing with what gifts they must mainly fight, that is, with faith and charity, which must daily increase. We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith That whereas it grew up before, it does also receive some increase every day more and more. groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth;
4 So that we our selues reioyce of you in the Churches of God, because of your patience & faith in al your persecutions & tribulatios that ye suffer,
5 He shows the source of all true comfort, that is, that in afflictions which we suffer from the wicked for righteousness' sake, we may behold as it were in a mirror the testimony of that judgment to come, the end of which is most acceptable to us, and most severe to his enemies. [Which is] a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer:
6 A proof: God is just, and therefore he will worthily punish the unjust, and will do away the miseries of his people. Seeing [it is] a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you;
7 And to you who are troubled rest He strengthens and encourages them also along the way by this means, that the condition both of this present state and the state to come, is common to him with them. with us, A most glorious description of the second coming of Christ, to be set against all the miseries of the godly, and the triumphs of the wicked. when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,
8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them There is no knowledge of God to salvation, without the Gospel of Christ. that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:
9 Which shall be punished with euerlasting perdition, from the presence of the Lord, & from the glory of his power,
10 When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe ( They are considered as children of God by the faith which they have in the Gospel, which is preached to them by the apostles. because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.
11 Seeing that we have the mark set before us, it remains that we go to it. And we go to it, by certain degrees of causes: first by the free love and good pleasure of God, by virtue of which all other inferior causes work: from there proceeds the free calling to Christ, and from calling, faith, upon which follows both the glorifying of Christ in us and us in Christ. Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of By «calling» he does not mean the very act of calling, but that self same thing to which we are called, which is the glory of that heavenly kingdom. [this] calling, and fulfil Which he determined long ago, only upon his gracious and merciful goodness towards you. all the good pleasure of [his] goodness, and the So then, faith is an excellent work of God in us: and we plainly see here that the apostle leaves nothing to free will, to make it something which God works through, as the papists dream. work of faith with power:
12 That the Name of our Lorde Iesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God, and of the Lorde Iesus Christ.Presented by The Common Man's Prospective. Copyright© 1999-2012 Ernest C. Marsh