1 Thessalonians 3:6-7 I Would Love to See You Again

1 Thessalonians 3:6-7 (KJV)
But now when Timotheus came from you unto us, and brought us good tidings of your faith and charity, and that ye have good remembrance of us always, desiring greatly to see us, as we also to see you:
Therefore, brethren, we were comforted over you in all our affliction and distress by your faith:

Paul was a man, subject to like passions as we all. God used him in marvelous ways and blessed his work supernaturally. I am certain he was a man of God and, though not perfect, a perfect example for the preacher.

Paul’s ministry was attacked again and again in his day, yet he held firm that he preached, “not as pleasing men but God, which trieth our heart.” Still, he hurt when those he loved chose not to love him and he rejoiced whenever he learned that those he had preached to held on to their love for him. When he received word from Timothy that the church in Thessalonica “greatly desired” to see him his soul was lifted in joy. He too longed to see them.

I personally know a great many Christians that I would love to see again. Many of them I will likely not see this side of eternity. Some of them have no desire to see me and, in fact, avoid me. But those who, ever so often, communicate their love for me and that they miss me – those Christians rejoice my heart.

 

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1 Thessalonians 2:2 Manliness

1 Thessalonians 2:2 (KJV)
But even after that we had suffered before, and were shamefully entreated, as ye know, at Philippi, we were bold in our God to speak unto you the gospel of God with much contention.

Paul was quite the man.

Years of ministry had left him with a litany of adventures to rehearse, whenever the circumstances warranted. In this case he recalled to the church in Thessalonica his introduction to them.

He had just come from Philippi where he said he and his companions had been shamefully treated. Paul and Silas had been beaten there and thrown into prison. God used the experience but it would have been a tough one.

Now he comes to Thessalonica. Paul reminded them that, though they had suffered in Philippi, his entrance in Thessalonica was with boldness and contention. A battle in Philippi in no way left him reticent to battle in Thessalonica.

I just received a periodical whose current edition is on the manly church. A manly church requires but one thing, a manly preacher. That manliness is not defined in guns, weight lifting or tattoos. Manliness is defined as boldness in preaching the gospel and willingness to engage the unsaved with the Word of God.

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1 Thessalonians 5:14 God Said So

1 Thessalonians 5:14 (KJV)
Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.

Wouldn’t it be something to live in a community where everyone was exactly what you wished them to be? I’m not so sure because I imagine that I would wish them a bit wrong.

Oh well, it’s not reality anyway.

In a world filled with unruly, feebleminded and weak believers there are also even many more who are not believers.

What do we do?!

 

The Bible answer is to be patient.
The practice of patience is, as much as anything, a practice of trust. In the world’s view it would probably be trust that everything will work out eventually. Even if it doesn’t work out the way they wish, life will go on.

This is probably why we see an increasing level of panic in the world. They no longer believe life will go on.

  • Climate change
  • Political unrest
  • Religious contention

is, in their mind, threatening to destroy life as they know it.

The Christian has no such reason to lack trust, and therefore, patience. Our trust is in the Lord and we trust His Word. He has a plan and we are assured He has not lost control of that plan. We can be patient with all men because we believe God knows them and, regardless of their position toward God, He has them in hand.

It is all going to work out.

God said so.

 

 

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1 Thessalonians 4:10-12 Mind Your Own Business

1 Thessalonians 4:10-12 (KJV)
And indeed ye do it toward all the brethren which are in all Macedonia: but we beseech you, brethren, that ye increase more and more;
And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you;
That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing.

The exercise of our faith, like that of our muscles, always tends to make it stronger. The believers in the church of Thessalonica had been required to exercise their faith and it had built in them a great church.

Yet greatness isn’t reason to settle. A strong man won’t stay strong unless he continues to exercise. Even so, Paul urged this great church to greater greatness. Paul urged them on in four areas:

That ye increase more and more
They must not settle but strive for increase in all areas of godliness and testimony.

That ye study to be quiet
This interesting phrase is defined by the remainder of the verse and simply means to work at minding our own business in a peaceable manner.

That ye walk honestly toward them that are without
This quiet manner will translate into an irreproachable testimony toward unbelievers. They may not agree with us but they should find no reason other than faith to fault us.

That ye may have lack of nothing
When a man minds his own business he can be sure his own business will be better off.

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1 Thessalonians 3:3-4 Knowing It, Or Enduring It?

1 Thessalonians 3:3-4 (KJV)
That no man should be moved by these afflictions: for yourselves know that we are appointed thereunto.
For verily, when we were with you, we told you before that we should suffer tribulation; even as it came to pass, and ye know.

Paul had been forthright with the members of the new church in Thessalonica. Not only he, but they, would suffer persecution for their faith.

  • It had been this way since Cain killed Abel.
  • It was the testimony of the history of the Jews
  • Jesus had been persecuted- and executed
  • So had Stephen
  • So had James
  • Every one of the living Apostles had experienced persecution
  • Paul himself was not new to this trend

There was no reason these Christians, though Gentiles by blood, should expect differently.

But knowing it and enduring it, are two very different things.

Paul was concerned for them.

As a preacher, I witness many times when people in our church endure hard times, often because of their faith. I know, as they do, that this is a part of life on this planet and especially of the Christian living on this planet.

That doesn’t make it any easier.

As their pastor, I feel a sort of kinship with the Apostle who:

  • Wanted to know their how their faith was holding up
  • Wanted to establish them in their faith and
  • Wanted to comfort them in their faith

Generally there is little more that we can do. But doing this is enough.

 

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1 Thessalonians 2:2 The One To Which We Must All Give Account

1 Thessalonians 2:2 (KJV)
But even after that we had suffered before, and were shamefully entreated, as ye know, at Philippi, we were bold in our God to speak unto you the gospel of God with much contention.

Paul had arrived in Thessalonica after being beaten and thrown in jail for his ministry there. It would have seemed reasonable for him to take a bit of a break after that sort of treatment.

Not Paul.

Thessalonica turned out to be as tough a work as Philippi had been. That did not deter the Apostle. He preached the Word of God with boldness and truthfulness even in the face of contention.

The ministry of Paul in Thessalonica was short lived, but it was effective. Souls were saved and a strong church was established. It had to be strong to withstand the persecution it’s members experienced.

Paul never second guessed his tactics or wished he had done things differently. He only reminded them of his ministry and pointed them to the One to which we must all give account.

Paul didn’t handle every situation the same and we should not expect others to handle things the same as we believe we would have. Every person in every situation is responsible for one thing, to serve, “…not as pleasing men but God which trieth our hearts.

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1 Thessalonians 1:6-7 Followers to Leaders

1 Thessalonians 1:6-7 (KJV)
And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost:
So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia.

The Word of God has such great things to say about the church of the Thessalonians. It is a model church in so many respects. This is amazing when we realize that Paul spent less time there than in any of the other churches he planted. It is even more amazing when we remember that this was a heavily persecuted church.

How does such a church become the kind of leading church that it was?

A clue is given in our verses for meditation and thought. Notice that they were followers before they were an example.

They were followers of the Lord
It should go without saying that believers must be followers of God. Still so many professing Christians have no idea what it means to follow the Lord. Christianity must be more than planting a Christian title on activities that are clearly of the world.

They were followers of Paul
Notice that Paul puts that before following the Lord. Of course this is not to say following a preacher is more important than following Jesus. The point is that a true follower of the Lord is submissive to his preacher.

They were ensamples to the brethren
The followers became worthy of a following.

This is the natural order of God. Followers focus on following, not leading. Before they know it, without even knowing it, they have a following of their own.

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1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 Peace Among Members

1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 (KJV)
And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you;
And to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be at peace among yourselves.

The Bible presses the believer toward two actions regarding their pastor:

To know them
This of course implies much more than merely knowing their name and recognizing their face. Gill fairly turns it around and claims that the members know their pastor so that he may know them. The pastor can only do his work of laboring among them, leading them and admonishing them if he knows them well. The members of the church need to freely converse with their pastor so that he can know them well enough to adequately teach and direct them in spiritual matters.

To esteem them highly
This has to do with their submission to him. To see the Pastor’s role as one of importance, to honor him as a man dedicated to the study of the Word so that he might more faithfully provide mentor ship and counsel, to esteem his work as a high one even if his personality is not agreeable to an particular individual; these are things the Bible beseeches us to do

I believe these two actions will lead to one consequence; peace among the members of the church.

It is telling that the Bible makes so many references to unity in so many different epistles to so many different churches. Unity is not and has never been the natural thing. It is always something that requires purposeful effort.

Here we find a significant key to such unity.

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1 Thessalonians 4:1 More and More

1 Thessalonians 4:1 (KJV)
Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more.

Just a quick search through the New Testament reveals a number of things we Christians are exhorted to increase and abound in:

  • Hope
  • Giving
  • Love

The Bible says we ought to abound in these things. We are not to set a comfortable pace in them. We are not to find a cruising altitude for them. We are not to add them to our lives, get established in them and then maintain a healthy practice of them. We are to abound in them.

Here the Word of God goes a step further and tells us to abound in obeying its instructions on how to walk and please God. Not only ought we to abound but abound more and more. This implies a constant climb. The Christian life is one of continued growth. There are no landings on the stairway where we can park for a while; there are only steps up or else there is a slide down.

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1 Thessalonians 2:5 Careful for the Cloak

1 Thessalonians 2:5 (KJV)
For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloke of covetousness; God is witness:

I am interested in the phrase, “cloke of covetousness “.

A cloak is something that covers or hides a thing. It can be a:

  • Cloth or fabric
  • A wall or obstruction or
  • A tactic meant to distract the eye so that it does not see what is actually taking place (as an illusionist does).

Paul reminds the believers in the church at Thessalonica that he used no such cloak to hide a covetous motive. The implication is that there were others who did.

We live in a world filled with such spiritual illusionists. Whole religions are contrived with the purpose only to fleece people of what little they have thereby making themselves wealthy. Americans have too many examples of would-be men of God who live in embarrassing opulence at the expense of others who could barely afford to keep their families provided for.

  • Multi-million dollar homes
  • Vacation properties
  • Extravagant vehicles
  • Jet airplanes

are just some of the over the top possessions of  famous charlatans who use a cloak of piety to mask their heart of materialism and covetousness.

Lest we judge them too harshly let us remember that any one of us is capable of using a similar cloak. Covetousness is a sin that the middle and lower incomes are as guilty of as those who have more of this world’s goods. It may very well be that our own cloak works so well it has hidden from us our own heart of covetousness.

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