2 Thessalonians 1:5 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

2 Thessalonians 1:5, NIV: All this is evidence that God's judgment is right, and as a result you will be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are suffering.

2 Thessalonians 1:5, ESV: This is evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are also suffering—

2 Thessalonians 1:5, KJV: Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer:

2 Thessalonians 1:5, NASB: This is a plain indication of God’s righteous judgment so that you will be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you indeed are suffering.

2 Thessalonians 1:5, NLT: And God will use this persecution to show his justice and to make you worthy of his Kingdom, for which you are suffering.

2 Thessalonians 1:5, CSB: It is clear evidence of God's righteous judgment that you will be counted worthy of God's kingdom, for which you also are suffering,

What does 2 Thessalonians 1:5 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The Thessalonians' endurance of persecution and afflictions would demonstrate the fact that God is just. When God evaluated the Thessalonians' faith, He would declare them worthy of His kingdom.

Enduring trials with faith does not earn anyone a place in God's kingdom, but enduring trials by faith shows the reality of our faith. If a person fails the test of suffering, it shows his faith is false. Writing to suffering Christians, James counsels: "Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness…Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him" (James 1:2–3, 12).

Paul writes that the Thessalonian believers were suffering for the kingdom of God. During his visit to Antioch, Paul encouraged the believers there to continue in the faith. He told them "that through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God" (Acts 14:22).