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In these passages, Paul commends the Thessalonian church for persevering in their Faith in Jesus Christ in the midst of persecutions and afflictions. Paul said that true believers must endure persecutions and afflictions to be considered worthy of the Kingdom of God.  Their endurance provides evidence of their Faith. On the other hand, those who do not know God or those who do not obey the gospel of Jesus Christ will not go to Heaven. They will suffer an eternity in Hell away from the presence of the Lord.

Obedience to the Gospel of Jesus Christ means to have active obedience to Jesus, who is the living Word of God. This active obedience to Jesus will result in hardships. It will also result in tremendous blessings. The person who believes in Jesus Christ will have a rich and full life characterized by ‘love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.’ Persecutions and afflictions will not remove these blessings.

Paul’s letter to the Roman church said, “For I am not ashamed of the Gospel for is the power of God for salvation to all who believe.  To the Jew first and also to the Greek  For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from Faith to Faith.  As it is written, ‘for the righteous man shall live by Faith.’” God places great value in our Faith evidenced by good works. In fact, our true Faith in Jesus Christ is the only way to gain entry into Heaven.