But we must always give thanks to God for you, brothers and sisters a beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the first fruits b for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and through belief in the truth.
For this purpose he called you through our proclamation of the good news, c so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
So then, brothers and sisters, d stand firm and hold fast to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by our letter.
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