Walking in the Light Day by Day
Review: 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.”
- Paul means short.
- Silas is a shortened version of Silvanus meaning wood Acts 15:22.
- Timothy means honoring God Acts 16:1
- An account of their trip to Thessalonica is in Acts 17:1-10
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 and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ
John 20:29b blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed
1:4-5 gospel came to the Thessalonians with words /and with power / and with the Holy Spirit, inspiring you with living faith in Christ, and in the promises of God through him, and thereby revealing him/ and with deep conviction Your faith triumphed over the waves of all objections, disputes, or hesitations of mind.
1:6-7 Thessalonians imitated Paul, Silas, Timothy and the Lord and in spite of suffering they welcomed the message (the gospel) with joy; became a model to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia. How?
1:8-10 The Lord’s message rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia, your faith in God has become known everywhere. Turned from idols to serve the living and true God; waiting patiently for Jesus
2:1 Why this comment? Paul is preparing to provide context
2:2 Maps. Suffered, insulted? It was worse, much worse. Acts 16:16-24 but miracles followed
2:3 Paul denies error, impurity, and deceit … many charlatans wondered as ancient snake-oil salesmen
2:4 It was and is God they sought to please not men … just as they should do, just as we should do
Are we sure enough of our actions we would ask God to test and approve our hearts?
2:5 There was no flattery, their actions were those of greedy snake-oil salesmen
2:6 Neither Paul, nor Silas, nor Timothy coveted praise or to build a personal following, they were there with one purpose to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Paul Acts 9:15-16)
2:6b-7 They were not a burden, they were tentmakers and th three of them were like a mother caring for her own children. What image does this create in your mind?
2:8 They actually loved and still love the Thessalonians who were dear/beloved by them; they lived there by some estimates from December, 50 AD, to May, 51 AD
2:9 Their focus was fixed on the Gospel. They avoided being a financial burden and worked as tentmakers.
2:10 Echoes 2:5 You know and God is our witness. What are they witnesses of? Paul’s (and Silas’ and Timothy’s) actions as holy – devoted and pleasing to God, righteous – focused only on the Gospel, and blameless – this is how we lived among you
2:11 Now as a father – a loving father. Only a few verses earlier like a mother and who would not want a father like the one we read about in the next verse in how he deals with his own children.
2:12 Such a father encourages, comforts, and urges not just to live life as a good person which would be so much better than many fathers today if they are in the lives of their children at all but to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory