On Fire For the Gospel of Jesus Christ
Review: Who are these three guys Paul, Silas, and Timothy?
- Paul was the Jewish Roman citizen who was named after King Saul until he met the resurrected Jesus on the way to Damascus Acts 9. In Acts 9:15-16 the Lord Jesus Christ gave the following instruction to Ananias “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel. I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”
- Silas is short for Silvanus meaning wood or woodland Acts 15:22 and 16:25
- Timothy means honoring God Acts 16:1
An account of their trip to Thessalonica is in Acts 17:1-10
1:1b To the church of the Thessalonians: church = assembly; group of believers – Gentiles and Jews as Christ had intended in Matthew 16:18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. The rock Jesus was referring to was one of belief or faith we will see in this church.
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 2:6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage
- 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.
If you are in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ even today you are 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 having/knowing peace through our faith in Jesus Christ as stated in 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 Paul didn’t thank the Thessalonians, but thanked God for them. Who do you thank God for in your life?
1:3 This is the first time Paul has expressed his triad of Faith, Hope, and Love and what they produce work produced by faith and labor prompted by love a labor of love until fatigue sets in and love for others results from their love for God who has already blessed them and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ all three in our Lord Jesus Christ longing/enduring waiting for His return)
John 20:29b blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed
1:4-5 Election, in the language of St. Paul and St. Peter, seems primarily to refer to a gracious admission into religious privileges in this life. The word implies nothing as to the final condition of the person thus elected.
gospel came to the Thessalonians with words and with power Awakening your minds to a deep sense of the infinite importance, as well as certainty, of the discoveries it makes you, especially concerning the future and eternal state awaiting you
and with the Holy Spirit above all, inspiring you with living faith in Christ, and in the promises of God through him, and thereby revealing him
and with deep conviction giving full assent to the truth of the gospel, without doubting on your part; or preached to you with much confidence and assurance on our part. Your faith triumphed over the waves of all objections, disputes, or hesitations of mind.
1:6 the Thessalonians became imitators of Paul, Silas, and Timothy and of the Lord in spite of severe suffering they welcomed the message (the gospel) with joy given by the Holy Spirit
1:7 you became a model to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia. How?
1:8-9 The Lord’s message rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia, your faith in God has become known everywhere. Others report what kind of reception you – the Thessalonians – gave Paul, Silas, and Timothy. And how they turned from idols to serve the living and true God
1:10 They wait patiently for His Son, from heaven, whom He raised from the dead — Jesus who rescues us from the coming wrath.