11/27/2018 — 1 & 2 Thessalonians
When I read these letters my thought was how much as a Body I would like to hear the same words spoke of us. For Paul is mostly very pleased with the work of the Body in Thessalonica. Just for a few examples:
1 Thessalonians 1: 6 You became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you welcomed the message in the midst of severe suffering with the joy given by the Holy Spirit.7 And so you became a model to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia. 8 The Lord’s message rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia—your faith in God has become known everywhere.
1 Thessalonians 2: 3 And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe
2 Thessalonians 1: 3 We ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters,and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love all of you have for one another is increasing. 4 Therefore, among God’s churches we boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring.