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1 Thessalonians 1:1

Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians which is in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Note 1 at 1 Thessalonians 1:1: This letter begins with a greeting from three people: Paul, Silas, and Timothy. The word “we” occurs more times in this epistle (forty-eight times) than in any of the other letters Paul wrote. Silas and Timothy ministered with Paul in Thessalonica, and therefore, this letter was from all three of them. However, the doctrine and style are totally Paul’s. Paul even used the first-person singular in a few instances (1 Thessalonians 2:18, 3:5, and 5:27). Therefore, it appears Paul was the one responsible for the letter, with Silas and Timothy being in agreement.

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