What is our hope? (1 Thess. 2:19)

“What is our hope

Or joy

Or crown

Of boasting

Before our Lord Jesus

At his coming?

Is it not you?”

τίς γὰρ ἡμῶν ἐλπὶς ἢ χαρὰ ἢ στέφανος καυχήσεως— ἢ οὐχὶ καὶ ὑμεῖς— ἔμπροσθεν τοῦ Κυρίου ἡμῶν Ἰησοῦ ἐν τῇ αὐτοῦ παρουσίᾳ;

Paul said, “What is our hope (τίς γὰρ ἡμῶν ἐλπὶς) or joy (ἢ χαρὰ) or crown (ἢ στέφανος) of boasting (καυχήσεως) before (ἔμπροσθεν) our Lord (τοῦ Κυρίου ἡμῶν) Jesus (Ἰησοῦ) at his coming (ἐν τῇ αὐτοῦ παρουσίᾳ)?  Is it not you (ἢ οὐχὶ καὶ ὑμεῖς)?”  Only the Pauline letters used this word καυχήσεως, that means a boasting, glorying, or exultation.  Paul then asked a series of rhetorical questions.  What is his hope?  What is his joy?  What is his crown?  Why should he boast?  Why is he waiting for the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ?  Then he had the final question.  Was it not them, the Thessalonians?  Paul’s hope, joy, and crown of boasting before his Lord Jesus Christ was these Thessalonians.  They made his day.  If Paul wanted to boast it would be about the followers of Jesus Christ at Thessalonica.  Who will you boast about before Jesus Christ?

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