so that none of you should turn back because of these persecutions. You yourselves know that such persecutions are part of God's will for us.
For while we were still with you, we told you ahead of time that we were going to be persecuted; and as you well know, that is exactly what happened.
That is why I had to send Timothy. I could not bear it any longer, so I sent him to find out about your faith. Surely it could not be that the Devil had tempted you and all our work had been for nothing!