This term has the connotation "to receive as a welcomed guest" (cf. 5:11). 1. d Thanksgiving for the Thessalonians’ Faith. 4:7-12; 6:3-10; 11:23-28) and this church experienced. You must not relinquish this to a commentator. They had themselves received good impressions from the preaching and conversation of the apostles, and they made good impressions, and their conversation had an influence upon others. I Cor. It was in this way that he knew their election. It was the first he wrote to European Christians, and in it the fundamental things of the Christian life are very clearly set forth.” (G. Campbell Morgan) Luke always calls him "Silas." 1:16; Phil. Wherever there is a well-grounded hope of eternal life, it will appear by the exercise of patience; in a patient bearing of the calamities of the present time and a patient waiting for the glory to be revealed. .in the presence of our God" This refers to the parousia or Second Coming, a major theme of this letter (cf. II. 10:9-13; Phil. Each modern translation has divided and summarized the paragraphs. 4:12; Phil. II Cor. He continues to intercede for us (cf. 1 Paul, Silas a a and Timothy, b. 1:10 This verse is like a summary of the gospel (cf. You believe in God, says our Saviour, believe also in me. The effects of their faith were famous. I. [3.] Of the object and efficient cause of these graces, namely, our Lord Jesus Christ. For some, Jesus' Second Coming is their great hope, but for others it will be their eternal loss. I. 1:2-11). They tell how you turned. Christlikeness is God's goal for every believer (cf. 9For they themselves report about us what kind of a reception we had with you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve a living and true God, 10and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, that is Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath to come. For a fuller description cf. He joined prayer with his praise or thanksgiving. And there is good reason to hope and wait for his coming, because he has delivered us from the wrath to come. This is the radical grace; and their faith was a true and living faith, because a working faith. It is the Hebrew term for God's Special, Promised, Coming One, "Messiah" (cf. Love is one of the cardinal graces; it is of great use to us in this life and will remain and be perfected in the life to come. Verse 1. Some have seen this "leastness" as the origin of the self-chosen title. PAUL'S FIRST LETTER TO THE THESSALONIANS. It is uncertain how this affected the process of writing the book. 11:5; 12:11; 15:10). He is married to the former Peggy Rutta and they have three children and six grandchildren. Some by their election of God would understand only the temporary separation of the Thessalonians from the unbelieving Jews and Gentiles in their conversion; but this was according to the eternal purpose of him who worketh all things according to the counsel of his own will, Ephesians 1:11. Often believers most powerful testimony is during times of trial, pain, and persecution. Faith works by love; it shows itself in the exercise of love to God and love to our neighbour; as love will show itself by labour, it will put us upon taking pains in religion. ", The NASB Study Bible (p. 1748) makes the observation that the three destructive evidences of the Thessalonian conversion were. An ambiguous phrase, many translations supply "the faith" from the previous clause. Possibly (1) others began to call him by this name or (2) he began to refer to himself by the term "little" or "least." in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: and continually mention you in our prayers. They were willing to share in the sufferings that attended the embracing and professing of Christianity. Paul was the inspired apostle and writer of this epistle, though he makes no mention of his apostleship, which was not doubted of by the Thessalonians, nor opposed by any false apostle among them. Why did Paul not assert his apostleship in this letter? It did not merely tickle the ear and please the fancy, not merely fill their heads with notions and amuse their minds for awhile, but it affected their hearts: a divine power went along with it for convincing their consciences and amending their lives. Romans 1:16; James 2:14-26). Sorry, an error was encountered while loading part of the book. SPECIAL TOPIC: ELECTION/PREDESTINATION AND THE NEED FOR A THEOLOGICAL BALANCE, NASB, NKJV"did not come to you in word only"NRSV"came to you not in word only"TEV"not with words only"NJB"it came to you not only as words". Note, Wherever the gospel comes in power, it is to be attributed to the operation of the Holy Ghost; and unless the Spirit of God accompany the word of God, to render it effectual by his power, it will be to us but as a dead letter; and the letter killeth, it is the Spirit that giveth life.
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