1. 1 Thessalonians 1:1 (ESV)
  2. Exposition

How is “in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ” an encouraging phrase?

1 Thessalonians 1:1 (ESV)

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

In the midst of their suffering, the Thessalonians’ encouragement and hope consisted in the fact that they belonged to God and to his Son. Knowing him and being assured of his love and acceptance were enough to make up for the rejection that they experienced from their culture.