3:3 That no man should be moved by these afflictions: 1 for
yourselves know that we are appointed thereunto.
(1) The will of God, who calls his own on this condition, to
bring them to glory by affliction, is a most sure remedy
against all afflictions.
3:62 But now when Timotheus came from you unto us, and
brought us good tidings of your faith and charity, and that
ye have good remembrance of us always, desiring greatly to
see us, as we also [to see] you:
(2) Because they have to this point gone so well forward, he
exhorts them again to make an end of the rest of the
journey, seeing that in doing so they will do him their
apostle a great pleasure.
3:8 For now we a live, if ye stand fast in the Lord.
(a) For now you cannot otherwise think of me as at rest and
in a good state of being, unless you go forward in
religion and faith.
3:10 Night and day praying exceedingly that we might see your
face, and might b perfect that which is lacking in your
(b) Paul was forced through the pressing dealing of the
enemies to leave the building which he had just begun:
and for that reason he had left Silas and Timothy in
Macedonia, and when Timothy came to Athens to him, he
sent him back again immediately. So that he desires to
see the Thessalonians, that he may thoroughly perfect
their faith and religion, that was as yet imperfect.
3:123 And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love
one toward another, and toward all [men], even as we [do]
(3) Another part of the epistle, in which he speaks of the
duties of a Christian life. And he shows that the
perfection of a Christian life consists in two things, that
is, in charity toward all men, and inward purity of the
heart. And the accomplishment of these things is
nonetheless deferred to the next coming of Christ, who will
then perfect his work by the same grace with which he began
it in us.