I THESSALONIANS STUDY, 16.10.19

 

I THESS.2:14-3:11

As we continue our study of Thessalonians, moving into chapter 2, we see more acknowledgment and validation, so needed by a new/recently formed believing community. Paul provides useful lessons in leadership yet again. Most interesting is how he ties it back in with how Jesus/Yeshua walked, & what He did for us, connecting the dots for us from how He walked to how we are to walk.

I THESS. 2:14-20

14 And then, dear brothers and sisters, you suffered persecution from your own countrymen. In this way, you imitated the

1 Thess.3:13   May he, as a result, make your hearts strong, blameless, and holy as you stand before God our Father when our Lord Jesus comes again with all his holy people. Amen.

believers in God’s churches in Judea who, because of their belief in Christ Jesus, suffered from their own people, the Jews. 

15 For some of the Jews killed the prophets, and some even killed the Lord Jesus. Now they have persecuted us, too. They fail to please God and work against all humanity 

16 as they try to keep us from preaching the Good News of salvation to the Gentiles. By doing this, they continue to pile up their sins. But the anger of God has caught up with them at last.

17 Dear brothers and sisters, after we were separated from you for a little while (though our hearts never left you), we tried very hard to come back because of our intense longing to see you again. 

18 We wanted very much to come to you, and I, Paul, tried again and again, but Satan prevented us. 

19 After all, what gives us hope and joy, and what will be our proud reward and crown as we stand before our Lord Jesus when he returns? 

It is you! 

20 Yes, you are our pride and joy.

Proceed to Chapter 3 and notice how Paul validates his second-in-command, trained-up spiritual son, Timothy, validating and expressing his confidence in him. He also introduces the topic of tribulation, and ties it in with Satan as the attacker and thus the need for spiritual warfare. 

Watch for more life-application value in the following passages.

CHAPTER 3: 

1 Finally, when we could stand it no longer, we decided to stay alone in Athens, 

2 and we sent Timothy to visit you. He is our brother and God’s co-worker in proclaiming the Good News of Christ. We sent him to strengthen you, to encourage you in your faith, 

3 and to keep you from being shaken by the troubles you were going through. But you know that we are destined for such troubles. 

4 Even while we were with you, we warned you that troubles would soon come—and they did, as you well know. 

5 That is why, when I could bear it no longer, I sent Timothy to find out whether your faith was still strong. I was afraid that the tempter had gotten the best of you and that our work had been useless.

6 But now Timothy has just returned, bringing us good news about your faith and love. He reports that you always remember our visit with joy and that you want to see us as much as we want to see you. 

7 So we have been greatly encouraged in the midst of our troubles and suffering, dear brothers and sisters, because you have remained

1 Thess.3:7      So we have been greatly encouraged in the midst of our troubles and suffering, dear brothers and sisters, because you have remained strong in your faith.

strong in your faith. 

8 It gives us new life to know that you are standing firm in the Lord.

9 How we thank God for you! Because of you we have great joy as we enter God’s presence. 

10 Night and day we pray earnestly for you, asking God to let us see you again to fill the gaps in your faith.

11 May God our Father and our Lord Jesus bring us to you very soon. 

12 And may the Lord make your love for one another and for all people grow and overflow, just as our love for you overflows. 

13 May he, as a result, make your hearts strong, blameless, and holy as you stand before God our Father when our Lord Jesus comes again with all his holy people. Amen.

Scriptures taken from NLT.

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