In Paul’s day, no different to today, some congregations were about self-gratification; that of faith without works. Below, Paul and others celebrate those enduring just the opposite; sacrifice and persecution – indeed, Messiah’s works! HalleluYH!!!!
2 Thessalonians 1:4-5
“4 so that we ourselves boast of you among the“churches” (synagogue(s):congregations, etc..) of“God” (Elohim: the Magistrates, the Great, Mighty Ones, etc..)for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that you endure, 5 which is manifest evidence of the righteous judgment of“God” (Elohim), that you may be counted worthy of the“kingdom”(malkuw: realm,reign, etc..)of“God” (Elohim), for which you also suffer;”