1 Thessalonians 2
-Chapter two is a tender part of the letter that instilled hope and encouragement from the apostle to this beloved group of believers. Paul and his team’s coming to them was not in vain as they declared the gospel of Jesus Christ among them without any error, impurity, deception, flattery, greed, or man pleasing (1 Thessalonians 2:1-5). In other words, these apostles feared God too much to let these new converts to Christ down. God was their witness (1 Thessalonians 2:5b), and they not seek glory from the people even though they may have had a Divine right as apostles to make demands on them for gain (1 Thessalonians 2:6). But, they were gentle among the Thessalonians like a nursing mother who tenderly takes care of her children as infants. They were not only ready to share the gospel with them, but also their very lives because they were sooo dear to them. They worked hard night and day so as to not be a burden on any while they proclaimed their message. Their conduct was holy, righteous, and blameless towards the believers. Like a father, they exhorted and encouraged the flock there in Thessalonica to walk in a manner worthy of God who calls into His own Kingdom and glory (1 Thessalonians 2:7-12). These people were their hope, joy, glory, and crown for boasting before the Lord Jesus Christ at His coming (1 Thessalonians 2:19-20) *Application* Notice the camaraderie that flows from this relationship that the missionaries shared with their converts. It was passionate and kind, fruitful and considerate, challenging and expecting. Whatever relationships we have in Kingdom work need to necessarily include these Godly qualities as we toil in the work of the Lord. Be a blessing to those you care for.
-Paul was thanking God and them for receiving the message of Christ Jesus into their lives by the Word of truth (1 Thessalonians 2:13). This group of believers shared in some of the suffering and persecution of the Judean Christians. Paul relates how the spirit of those who killed Jesus, the prophets, and drove the apostles out of the region was the same as the Thessalonians’ countrymen. This hindrance of the speaking of the gospel fills up the measure of these people’s sins and will incur the wrath of Almighty God very quickly (1 Thessalonians 2:14-16). *Application* While God is patient and wants all to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9-10), there will come a point and time when the last opportunity is given for the sinner to turn to Him and after that is the fury. We must remember to endure under persecution and torment as righteous believers. We must overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony (1 Peter 1:17-19, Revelation 7:14; 12:11). Justice will prevail in the end, count on it!
Verse to Memorize- 1 Thessalonians 2:8