You are our glory (1 Thess. 2:20)

“You are

Our glory

And joy.”

ὑμεῖς γάρ ἐστε ἡ δόξα ἡμῶν καὶ ἡ χαρά.

Paul said, “You are our glory (ὑμεῖς γάρ ἐστε ἡ δόξα ἡμῶν) and joy (καὶ ἡ χαρά).”  Paul then answered all his rhetorical questions by simply saying that the Thessalonians were his glory and joy.  Paul was proud of the faith of the people of Thessalonica.  Actually, Paul later used the same terminology about the Philippian church, Philippians, chapter 4:1, “Therefore (Ὥστε), my brothers (ἀδελφοί μου)!  I love (ἀγαπητοὶ) and long for you (καὶ ἐπιπόθητοι), my joy (χαρὰ) and my crown (καὶ στέφανός).” Paul said that that he loved his beloved brothers in Philippi and longed for them.  They were his joy and crown.  However, he had an admonition for them that they had to stand firm in Lord.  They were not to waver.  Here, Paul did not ask the Thessalonians to stand firm.  He just assumed that they would.  Are you the crown and joy for anyone?