1 Thessalonians 1:4
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New International Version
For we know, brothers and sisters loved by God, that he has chosen you,

New Living Translation
We know, dear brothers and sisters, that God loves you and has chosen you to be his own people.

English Standard Version
For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you,

Berean Study Bible
Brothers who are beloved by God, we know that He has chosen you,

Berean Literal Bible
knowing, brothers beloved by God, your election,

New American Standard Bible
knowing, brethren beloved by God, His choice of you;

King James Bible
Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
knowing your election, brothers loved by God.

International Standard Version
Brothers whom God loves, we know that he has chosen you,

NET Bible
We know, brothers and sisters loved by God, that he has chosen you,

New Heart English Bible
We know, brothers loved by God, that you are chosen,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For we know your election, brethren, beloved of God,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Brothers and sisters, we never forget this because we know that God loves you and has chosen you.

New American Standard 1977
knowing, brethren beloved by God, His choice of you;

Jubilee Bible 2000
being certain, beloved brethren, that you are chosen of God.

King James 2000 Bible
Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God.

American King James Version
Knowing, brothers beloved, your election of God.

American Standard Version
knowing, brethren beloved of God, your election,

Douay-Rheims Bible
Knowing, brethren beloved of God, your election:

Darby Bible Translation
knowing, brethren beloved by God, your election.

English Revised Version
knowing, brethren beloved of God, your election,

Webster's Bible Translation
Knowing, brethren beloved by God, your election.

Weymouth New Testament
knowing as we do, brethren, that you are beloved by God and that He has chosen you.

World English Bible
We know, brothers loved by God, that you are chosen,

Young's Literal Translation
having known, brethren beloved, by God, your election,
Study Bible
Greetings to the Thessalonians
3and continually recalling before our God and Father your work of faith, your labor of love, and your enduring hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 4Brothers who are beloved by God, we know that He has chosen you, 5because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power, in the Holy Spirit, and with great conviction—just as you know we lived among you for your sake.…
Cross References
Romans 1:7
To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Thessalonians 2:13
But we should always thank God for you, brothers who are loved by the Lord, because God has chosen you from the beginning to be saved by the sanctification of the Spirit and by faith in the truth.

2 Peter 1:10
Therefore, brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you practice these things you will never stumble,
Treasury of Scripture

Knowing, brothers beloved, your election of God.


1 Thessalonians 1:3 Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labor of love, …

Romans 8:28-30 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love …

Romans 11:5-7 Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according …

Ephesians 1:4 According as he has chosen us in him before the foundation of the …

Philippians 1:6,7 Being confident of this very thing, that he which has begun a good …

1 Peter 1:2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification …

2 Peter 1:10 Why the rather, brothers, give diligence to make your calling and …

beloved, your election of God. or, beloved of God, your election.

Romans 1:7 To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace …

Romans 9:25 As he said also in Osee, I will call them my people, which were not …

Ephesians 2:4,5 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love with which he loved us…

Colossians 3:12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels …

2 Thessalonians 2:13 But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brothers beloved …

2 Timothy 1:9,10 Who has saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according …

Titus 3:4,5 But after that the kindness and love of God our Savior toward man appeared…

(4) "The reason why the sight delights us is because it proves that God loves you, and has set His heart upon you."

Beloved.--The proper translation is, knowing brethren who have been so beloved of God, your election, as in the margin: the Greek idiom cannot allow of the Authorised rendering. The tense of the word "beloved" represents not only God's attitude to them in the present, but the long continuance of it in the past, especially as proved by His election of them. (Comp. Romans 8:28-30, and 2Thessalonians 2:13.)

Election, in the language of (at any rate) St. Paul and St. Peter, seems primarily to refer to a gracious admission into religious privileges in this life. The word implies nothing as to the final condition of the person thus elected (see 2Peter 1:10, and comp. Ephesians 1:4 with Ephesians 5:5-7). God elects us to become members of the Holy Church, and all baptised persons are elect, with heaven in reversion (1Peter 1:2-5); but they may, according as they please, unsettle their election, or make it sure. St. Paul rejoices, because the continued possession of spiritual privileges, used or abused, is an assurance of God's continued "favour and goodness towards us." Of course, however, this observation does not much affect the mysterious doctrine of predestination. The question must still remain why God brings some in this life to the knowledge of His truth, and others not; but the observation, at any rate, destroys the notion of an arbitrary damnation and salvation.

Verse 4. - Knowing; that is, not the Thessalonians themselves, but we, Paul and Silvanus and Timotheus; knowing, being well assured cf. Brethren beloved, your election of God; or rather, as it is in the margin and in the R.V., Knowing brethren, beloved of God, your election. By election is meant that act of free grace by which God destines individuals to become believers in Christ. Thus the Thessalonian converts were chosen or elected by God from among their heathen countrymen to become Christians. The ultimate reason of their Christianity was their election of God. Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God. Which intends not an election to an office, for this epistle is written not to the officers of the church only, but to the whole church; nor to the Gospel, the outward means of grace, since this was common to them with others, and might be known without the evidence after given; nor does it design the effectual calling, sometimes so called for this is expressed in the following verse as a fruit, effect, and evidence of the election here spoken of, which is no other than the eternal choice of, them to everlasting life and happiness: this is of God, an act of God the Father, made in Christ Jesus before the world began, and which springs from his sovereign will, and is the effect of his pure love and free favour; and therefore these persons who are the objects of it are said to be "beloved of God"; for so the Vulgate Latin, Syriac, Arabic, and Ethiopic versions read the words, and which agree with 2 Thessalonians 2:13 for this choice does not arise from the merits of men, or any conditions in them, or from the foresight of their faith, holiness, and good works, but from the free grace and good pleasure of God; and is the source and spring of all grace, and the blessings of it, and even of good works; and is a sure, immutable, and irreversible act of God, being founded on his own will, and not on the works of men; the knowledge they had of this was not what the Thessalonians themselves had, though they might have, and doubtless had the knowledge of this grace, and which may be concluded with certainty from the effectual calling; and is a privilege which many particular believers may, and do arrive unto the knowledge of, without any extraordinary revelation made unto them: but here it intends the knowledge which the apostle and his companions had of the election of the members of this church; not by inspiration of the Spirit of God, but by the manner of the Gospel's coming unto them, and the effects it had upon them, as expressed in the following verses; and from their faith, hope, and love, mentioned in the preceding verse; and which was the ground and foundation of their thanksgiving for them;

see on Gill 2 Thessalonians 2:13. 4. Knowing—Forasmuch as we know.

your election of God—The Greek is rather, "beloved by God"; so Ro 1:7; 2Th 2:13. "Your election" means that God has elected you as individual believers to eternal life (Ro 11:5, 7; Col 3:12; 2Th 2:13).1:1-5 As all good comes from God, so no good can be hoped for by sinners, but from God in Christ. And the best good may be expected from God, as our Father, for the sake of Christ. We should pray, not only for ourselves, but for others also; remembering them without ceasing. Wherever there is a true faith, it will work; it will affect both the heart and life. Faith works by love; it shows itself in love to God, and love to our neighbour. And wherever there is a well-grounded hope of eternal life, this will appear by the exercise of patience; and it is a sign of sincerity, when in all we do, we seek to approve ourselves to God. By this we may know our election, if we not only speak of the things of God with out lips, but feel their power in our hearts, mortifying our lusts, weaning us from the world, and raising us up to heavenly things. Unless the Spirit of God comes with the word of God, it will be to us a dead letter. Thus they entertained it by the power of the Holy Ghost. They were fully convinced of the truth of it, so as not to be shaken in mind by objections and doubts; and they were willing to leave all for Christ, and to venture their souls and everlasting condition upon the truth of the gospel revelation.
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