1 Thessalonians 1:1
Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, to the church of the Thessalonians which is in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ…
was a Lyconian born in Derbe or Lystra, where he was religiously trained. He was probably converted by St. Paul during his first visit to Lycaonia ( A.D. 45, Acts 14:6, 7). He was taken on a second visit to be Paul's companion, and circumcised ( A.D. 51, Acts 16:1, etc.). He was sent from Bares to Thessalonica (Acts 17:14; 1 Thessalonians 3:2); with Silas he rejoins Paul at Corinth ( A.D. 52, Acts 18:5; 1 Thessalonians 3:6) and remains with Paul (1 Thessalonians 1:1; 2 Thessalonians 2:1). He was with Paul at Ephesus ( A.D. 57, Acts 19:22; and was sent thence to Corinth (Acts 19:22; 1 Corinthians 4:17; 1 Corinthians 16:10). He is again with Paul ( A.D. 58, 2 Corinthians 1:1; Romans 16:21). He journeys with Paul from Corinth to Asia (Acts 20:4); and is with Paul in Rome ( A.D. 62 or 63, Philippians 1:1; Colossians 1:1; Philemon 1). Henceforth his movements are uncertain ( A.D. 63-66). He is probably left by Paul in charge of the Church at Ephesus ( A.D. 66 or 67; 1 Timothy); received the second Epistle, and sets out to join Paul at Rome ( A.D. 67 or 68). Ecclesiastical tradition makes him first bishop of Ephesus and to suffer martyrdom under Domitian or Nerva.
Parallel VersesKJV: Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians which is in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.