Your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ

Not the other way around, your faith produced by work, your love produced by labor, your hope inspired by endurance.  They are excited. Its probably just a stage though.  Its definitely the other way around sometimes. He’s thanking God for it, may I be excited too.

They drank up Paul’s message like thirsty people. Their dramatic and deep conversion became so famous Paul kept getting reports of it back from strangers. We get little hint in chapter 1 why he is writing to them.

We learn they are a model church, they were idol worshippers, they were suffering severely when he came and they at once understood and embraced the message and put it into practise.

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