Paul not only loves the believers in this new Thessalonian church plant, he’s also incredibly grateful for them! One of the reasons Paul is so grateful when he thinks of them, is because of how they received the Word of God when they heard it. Unlike the Jews who rejected Jesus, these Thessalonian believers eagerly accepted the Word of God not as the word of man, but as the Word from the Almighty Himself. And although they suffered greatly because of their new found faith in Jesus, they were being transformed by the work of the Word in them. May we increasingly become a people of the Word, being transformed by the Holy Spirit, by embracing the only message that saves–the gospel of Jesus Christ.