But we ought always to thank God for you,5 brothers loved by the Lord, because from the beginning God chose youa6 to be saved7 through the sanctifying work of the Spirit8 and through belief in the truth.
He called you9 to this through our gospel,10 that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
So then, brothers, stand firm11 and hold to the teachingsb we passed on to you,12 whether by word of mouth or by letter.
May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father,13 who loved us14 and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope,
encourage15 your hearts and strengthen16 you in every good deed and word.