September 15/1Thessalonians 2

Because of circumstances that Paul didn’t elaborate on he hadn’t been able to get back to this church for a visit. He only said that Satan had hindered him. Yes Satan is real, yes Satan has power and yes we must be alert and pray against his attacks. Perhaps he had riled up some people against Paul which prevented Paul to have free movement to come back to Thessalonica. Paul was concerned that his prolonged absence might cause the church to doubt the sincerity of his preaching and the truth about Christ. They may have thought that he conned them into believing for his own prides sake. So Paul writes to remind them that he had suffered great opposition just to get to Thessalonica, Verse 2.

He tells them that he wasn’t there to please people or himself he was only there to please God, Verses 3,4. He didn’t preach for human praise or for money, Verses 5,6,9. In fact he said that they were like family to him. He nurtured them like a mother, was humble like children, and provided leadership like a father, Verses 7,8,10,11. Remember we only pleaded with you and encouraged to you live for God not for us, Verse 12.

Verse 13 > Paul says that because of all that happened when we were with you we have never stopped thanking God for you. You accepted our words as the very word of God because that is what really gripped your hearts and changed you. You really did experience God! It wasn’t some emotional high because of us that you accepted Jesus it was God drawing you!

God and his word are inseparable. When we receive his word we receive him. When we put the word into practice, God works along with us. He changes us as we obey. He shapes us into the character of his son Jesus.

Verses 14-16 > Paul tells them that they are suffering persecution because they responded to the truth that Paul preached to them. Jesus is real and there are those who do not like him or his ways or his followers. The persecution is proof that Paul preached the truth about God. That he wasn’t lying and that he wasn’t just trying to get followers. Throughout history people have suffered persecution because they believed in Jesus.

Matthew 5:10–11 (NLT) — 10 God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs. 11 “God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers.

Verses 17-20 > Paul says that there may be miles of distance between them but there is not distance between their hearts. They are his pride and joy. He love them unconditionally.

Here is my take away from this chapter:

People come to Jesus when we are willing to invest our lives in their lives with no strings attached. We invest our lives in others as Jesus invested his life in ours. We do this to bring people to Jesus for the glory of God. Listen to what Paul says about investing his life so people could be saved >Romans 9:3 (NLT) — 3 for my people, my Jewish brothers and sisters. I would be willing to be forever cursed—cut off from Christ!—if that would save them.

Listen to what Moses says about investing his life for his people > Exodus 32:31–32 (NLT) — 31 So Moses returned to the Lord and said, “Oh, what a terrible sin these people have committed. They have made gods of gold for themselves. 32 But now, if you will only forgive their sin—but if not, erase my name from the record you have written!”

You can take a couple of things with you to heaven; your character and other people!

Be Inspired Hilltop!

 

 

Comments

  1. Mark Gundersen says:

    The word of God is a living thing that grows in the believer and strengthens them for the persecution that is going to come.