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THE FIRST EPISTLE OF PAUL THE APOSTLE TO THE THESSALONIANS

CHAPTER 2
 

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          Greetings to you once again and welcome back to Daily Bread. Last time, we studied a very brief introduction from Paulís letter to the Thessalonians, and before we move on, letís review a couple of things about Thessalonica.

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          At the time of Paulís second (A.D. 49-52) and third (A.D. 53-57) missionary journeys which was when he visited the Thessalonians, it was a part of Macedonia, that is now Greece. Itís on the bay of the Aegean Sea, and it lies about 70 miles WSW of the city of Philippi, also a major city where Paul established the church. In some Bible versions, at the end of the last verse of this letter, it says that it was written from Athens. Now, in case you didnít know, Paul was imprisoned in A.D. 58 and sent to Rome in A.D. 60, so this letter was written before he was in prison.

          Just so you get a better idea of the time period of Paul's visit to Thessalonica, I'll remind you of a story that happened shortly before Paul, Silas, and Timothy went to Thessalonica the first time. They were in Philippi, where there was a servant girl who was a fortune teller. She followed Paul and the others for days crying out, These men are the servants of God, sent to show us how to be saved. This disturbed Paul. As you can imagine, in a place where people worshipped idols, this kind of introduction wouldnít be accepted very easily. Itís no different than today. Most people whose souls are lost arenít gonna believe just because you walk up to them and say ďJesus loves youĒ. The way that Jesus enters into each personís heart is different, and Paul knew that this wasnít the way to lead lost souls home. So, Paul commanded the evil spirit to leave the girl, which in turn halted the profits of from her fortune telling to her masters. In anger, they apprehended Paul and the others, whipped them and threw them into prison. But at midnight, they sang praises to God and an earthquake shook the prison. Youíll have to go back to Acts, Chapter 16:25-40 to find out the rest of the story, but Iíll tell you this much, the one who watched over the jail ended up being converted by Paul.

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          Letís continue now with Paulís letter. You know that our visit to you wasnít useless. Even after what we went through and how we were treated shamefully, as you know, in Philippi, we were still confident in our God to preach the Gospel to you even though many were against us. Our teaching wasnít to mislead, nor of uncleanness, nor in dishonesty, but as we were approved by God, to be put in trust with the Gospel, and thatís how we speak, not to please men, but rather to please God, who judges our hearts.

          We never used flattering words as you know, or a disguise for greed, God is our witness. We never looked for the praise of men, neither from you, or even of others, when we may have been a cost to you, as the Apostles of Christ. But we were gentle (meek) among you, like a nurse who cherishes her children, so, being fond of you, we were willing to share with you not only the Gospel of God, but also our own souls, because you were dear to us.

          You remember our work and suffering, our laboring night and day because we wouldnít tolerate being an expense to any of you, and we preached to you the Gospel of God. You are witnesses, and God knows how holily and justly and unblameably we behaved ourselves among you who believe.

           As you know, we urged and comforted and directed every one of you, as a father does his children, so that you would walk worthy of God, who has called you to His kingdom and glory. For this reason also we thank God without ceasing, because, when you received the Word of God which you heard from us, you received it not as the word of men, but as it is in TRUTH, the Word of God, which completely works also in you that believe.

          You became followers of the churches of God which in Judśa are in Christ Jesus, because you have also suffered similar things of your own countrymen, even as they have of the Jewish people, who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they donít please God, and are contrary to all men, forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved, to fill up their sins always, for the wrath is come upon them to the uttermost.

          But we, being away from you for a short time in presence, but not absent in heart, tried even harder to visit you, with great intent. We wanted to come to you once and again; but Satan hindered us. For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Isnít it to see you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming, because you are our glory and joy.

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          What a tremendous compliment. How would you like to hear that from a chosen servant of God, like Paul, that what he wishes for most of all, is to see you in the presence of Christ at His coming? Iíd have to bet that he prayed that for every one of us, when he spent his moments alone with God. Why ... That could make a person sit up straighter just thinking of it, a spiritual giant like Paul, praying for you. He is the epitome of selflessness. If heís not in the top few of your favorite heroes list, you might ought to revise your list. In fact, maybe he is the reason why you find it honorable to study Godís Word every day. Maybe a little return prayer is in order, huh? A little, God bless the soul of Paul the Apostle, added to your prayer list may just release a little miracle in your day today ... Who knows? Just a thought.

          Anxious to find out what Paul has to say to the Thessalonians next? Youíll find it right here, in the next Daily Bread. Come on back and share as we continue our study of the New Testament. God Bless.

 

 

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