1 Thessalonians 2-3
|1 Thessalonians 2 (NKJV™)
|For you yourselves know, brethren, that our coming to you was not in vain.
|But even after we had suffered before and were spitefully treated at Philippi, as you know, we were bold in our God to speak to you the gospel of God in much conflict.
|For our exhortation did not come from error or uncleanness, nor was it in deceit.
|But as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, even so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who tests our hearts.
|For neither at any time did we use flattering words, as you know, nor a cloak for covetousness--God is witness.
|Nor did we seek glory from men, either from you or from others, when we might have made demands as apostles of Christ.
|But we were gentle among you, just as a nursing mother cherishes her own children.
|So, affectionately longing for you, we were well pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God, but also our own lives, because you had become dear to us.
|For you remember, brethren, our labor and toil; for laboring night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you, we preached to you the gospel of God.
|You are witnesses, and God also, how devoutly and justly and blamelessly we behaved ourselves among you who believe;
|as you know how we exhorted, and comforted, and charged every one of you, as a father does his own children,
|that you would walk worthy of God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.
|For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe.
|For you, brethren, became imitators of the churches of God which are in Judea in Christ Jesus. For you also suffered the same things from your own countrymen, just as they did from the Judeans,
|who killed both the Lord Jesus and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they do not please God and are contrary to all men,
|forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they may be saved, so as always to fill up the measure of their sins; but wrath has come upon them to the uttermost.
|But we, brethren, having been taken away from you for a short time in presence, not in heart, endeavored more eagerly to see your face with great desire.
|Therefore we wanted to come to you--even I, Paul, time and again--but Satan hindered us.
|For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Is it not even you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming?
|For you are our glory and joy.
|1 Thessalonians 3 (NKJV™)
|Therefore, when we could no longer endure it, we thought it good to be left in Athens alone,
|and sent Timothy, our brother and minister of God, and our fellow laborer in the gospel of Christ, to establish you and encourage you concerning your faith,
|that no one should be shaken by these afflictions; for you yourselves know that we are appointed to this.
|For, in fact, we told you before when we were with you that we would suffer tribulation, just as it happened, and you know.
|For this reason, when I could no longer endure it, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter had tempted you, and our labor might be in vain.
|But now that Timothy has come to us from you, and brought us good news of your faith and love, and that you always have good remembrance of us, greatly desiring to see us, as we also to see you--
|therefore, brethren, in all our affliction and distress we were comforted concerning you by your faith.
|For now we live, if you stand fast in the Lord.
|For what thanks can we render to God for you, for all the joy with which we rejoice for your sake before our God,
|night and day praying exceedingly that we may see your face and perfect what is lacking in your faith?
|Now may our God and Father Himself, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way to you.
|And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love to one another and to all, just as we do to you,
|so that He may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all His saints.
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The apostle Paul wrote the letter of 1 Thessalonians to encourage new believers in Thessalonica to stand firm in their faith, live purely and orderly, and take comfort in Christ's second coming. Join Pastor Skip Heitzig as he takes us through this book and applies its precepts to everyday life.
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