John 20:29 one week after the resurrection
Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
None of us have seen Jesus in the flesh, yet we believed. We are blessed. What will we do with the blessing?
Grow in Holiness? Grow in Love? Grow in our Future Hope / in our Faith.
Galatians 5:6b The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.
Review Books of the Bible – dates and order written
Bible Project 1 Thessalonians: Small error, Galatians was written before 1 Thessalonians
1:1 Paul, Silas (aka Silvanus) and Timothy,
To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:
Grace and peace to you.
1:1a Paul, Silas, and Timothy. Who wrote 1 Thessalonians? Paul, but possibly/likely with input from Silas and Timothy.
Paul – Saul until his meeting with Christ … Paul was his Roman name, Saul his Jewish name
Acts 15:22 – Paul meets Silas aka Silvanus, means wood or woodland think Pennsylvania
Acts 16:25 Silas’relationship with Paul
Acts 16:1 – Paul meets Timothy in Lystra – Timothy means honoring God
Acts 17:1 – The trio pass through Amphipolis and Apollonia, then they came to Thessalonica
Acts 17:10a – As soon as it was night, the believers sent Paul and Silas away to Berea. Timothy remained
1:1b To the church of the Thessalonians: church = assembly; group of believers – gentiles and Jews as Christ had intended in Matthew 16:18
1:1c in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Places the Father and Christ on equal footing as Paul viewed Christ as God in the flesh Philippians 2:5-11
Jesus as Lord – one who rules and reigns
Jesus as Christ – the Messiah prophesied in the OT
Jesus (as Savior) – who delivered the Thessalonians from their sins and sin life.
To be in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ is even today to be in a position of protection and security
1:1d Grace and peace to you. This greeting is especially typical of Paul in his many letters. Grace was a common greeting among Greeks, but here and in all of Paul’s letters it goes beyond a greeting and refers to the Gift of Grace – forgiveness. Peace (Shalom) was a common greeting among Jews it carried a special meaning to Christians and should for us as well
Romans 5:1-2a Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.
1:2-3 We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers. We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. See 3:6
1:2 Paul did not thank the Thessalonians, but thanked God for them. Who do you thank God for in your life?
1:3 First time Paul has expressed his triad of Faith Hope and Love … and what they produce
work produced by faith – Gal 5:6b labor prompted by love a labor of love until fatigue sets in and love for others results from their (our) love for God who has already blessed them (us) John 20:29b your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ all three in our Lord Jesus Christ longing/enduring waiting for His return