In the Bible book of 1 Thessalonians, God and Jesus and spoken of as separate and distinct. Let’s examine this distinction in some of the verses in 1 Thessalonians.
“In God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thess 1:1) Here, God and Jesus are referred to as two separate and distinct individuals.
“Before our God and Father… inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thess 1:3) God, the Father, is one, and the Lord Jesus Christ is another.
“They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead – Jesus.” (1 Thess 1:9-10) These verses are very instructive. Notice God is called “the living and true God,” while Jesus is called “his Son,” “whom he” (God) “raised from the dead.” Jesus was dead, God was alive, but had the power to bring him back to life.