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The Scofield Bible Commentary, by Cyrus Ingerson Scofield, [1917], at

1 Thessalonians Chapter 1

1 Thessalonians 1:3

th1 1:3

work of faith

Literally, operative faith, and laborious love, and hope-filled patience.

1 Thessalonians 1:9

th1 1:9

how ye turned

The tenses of the believer's life here indicated are logical and give the true order. They occur also in (Th1 1:3).

The "work of faith" is to "turn to God from idols";

(compare (Joh 6:28); (Joh 6:29).

The "labour of love" is to "serve the living and true God"; and

The "patience of hope" is to "wait for his Son from heaven".

(compare (Mat 24:42); (Mat 25:13); (Luk 12:36-48); (Act 1:11); (Phi 3:20); (Phi 3:21).

Paul repeats this threefold sequence in (Tit 2:11-13).

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