1 Thessalonians 1
1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
· This letter is from Paul, Silas, and Timothy
· It is written to the Christian gathering (aka Church) in the city of Thessalonica
· It is written in the name of God the Father and the Lord Jesus who is the Christ
· He first wishes them grace and peace
· Paul and his companions regularly pray for this church
· They commend the Thessalonians for their
o Work – which is a product of their faith
o Labor – which is a product of their love
o Endurance – which is a product of their hope in Jesus
· They believe that God has shown His love to the Thessalonians because he chose them.
· They believe this because
o The message wasn’t only preached but confirmed with power
o The Holy Spirit also came upon them
o And they responded with a deep conviction
· Paul reminds them of how he and his companions lived when they were in Thessalonica.
· And that they imitated Paul and his companions by being willing to suffer because they believed and accepted the message of Jesus they were taught
· The Thessalonians have been a great example not just for the city but all the believers in the region
· In fact, the believers outside of Thessalonica are bragging about how the Christians in Thessalonica have given up their idols and are serving the one True and living God
· They are examples of those who are diligently waiting for Jesus who is the center of the good news
· The good news is that God raised Jesus from the dead, and when judgement comes God’s wrath will not be poured out on those who put their faith in Jesus because he suffered God’s wrath for them.
· My faith in Jesus and in eternity should result in working towards the heavenly kingdom I believe will come
· I should labor faithfully and hard because of a growing love I have for God and others
· When life gets tough I need to fixate on the eternity that lies before me so that the energy of hope might help me endure.
· Wouldn’t it be great if those outside of Trinity Church spoke of how devoted we were to Jesus as evidenced by our commitment to eternal things in the face of life’s struggles.
I want to continue to learn to be faithful. I want to be a man of faith, hope, and love. Would you continue to grow in me the character and will of Jesus? Would you form in me and the whole of Trinity Church a growing single mindedness for You and Your kingdom? May we more and more make decisions and center our lives on eternity to come rather than the fading world around us. May we be a blessing to you, and a shining example of hope to the world around us. Not by our strength nor by our goodness, but by Your grace and power. And for Your Glory!
In Jesus Name I Pray, AMEN
Posted on Mon, March 16, 2015
by Joel King