I Thessalonians 3
"Paul Testifieth His Love for the Thessalonians"
This Bible Study is written by Roger
Christopherson, and made available with written
permission by http://www.theseason.org
I Thessalonians 3:1 "Wherefore when we could no longer forbear, we thought it good to be left at Ath'-ens alone;"
When Paul left Thessalonica, he went to Athens.
I Thessalonians 3:2 "And sent Timotheus, our brother, and minister of God, and our fellow-labourer in the gospel of Christ, to establish you, and to comfort you concerning your faith:"
Paul is saying, I couldn't stand it any longer, I had to sent Timothy to see how you were doing.
I Thessalonians 3:3 "That no man should be moved by these afflictions: for yourselves know that we are appointed thereunto."
Paul had to make sure that if afflictions came, his followers [believers, or converts] would not give in to them. Paul is telling us, your going to have afflictions if your going into Satan's area.
I Thessalonians 3:4 "For verily, when we were with you, we told you before that we should suffer tribulation; even as it came to pass, and ye know."
When we [Paul and Silas] were there you saw it, we were taken, beaten and jailed. Paul reminded them that when they made a stand they world receive affliction also for Christ's sake.
I Thessalonians 3:5 "For this cause, when I could no longer forbear, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter have tempted you, and our labour be in vain."
Paul says he could wait no longer to find out how their faith had grown. He had to see when their first temptations came, and Satan tried their faith, would their faith be strong enough to stand against Satan, or would they falter. This, to Paul, would show if they were successful in teaching you, or did we fail.
I Thessalonians 3:6 "But now when Timotheus came from you unto us, and brought us good tidings of your faith and charity [love], and that ye have good remembrance of us always, desiring greatly to see us, as we also to see you:"
The love between Paul and the Thessalonians grew very strong. The news Timothy brought back was all good: for the band or church of believers increased in faith, love, and support for Paul, Silas, and Timothy. Afflictions in that first church brought them together. It is bonded by their love for the Word of God.
I Thessalonians 3:7 Therefore, brethren, we were comforted over you in all our affliction and distress by your faith:"
In the end it made it all worth while."
I Thessalonians 3:8 "For now we live, if ye stand in the Lord."
"We live", means "live forever", if we stand fast in the Lord. We defeat death, for Satan is death [Hebrews 2:14].
I Thessalonians 3:9 "For what thanks can we render to God again for you, for all the joy wherewith we joy for your sakes before our God;"
Paul is repeating his joy and praise to God for the work and success of the church here in Thessalonica.
I Thessalonians 3:10 "Night and day praying exceedingly that we might see your face, and might perfect that which is lacking in your faith?"
Paul wanted to be there with them in Thessalonica, and continue to teach them in the Lord.
I Thessalonians 3:11 "Now God himself and our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way unto you."
It is in God's hands, and may He work it out; and it did work out about five years later.
I Thessalonians 3:12 "And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you:"
This is the way that love grows; by "love one toward another, and toward all men." When God's love grows within you, it spreads to those around you.
I Thessalonians 3:13 "To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints."
Then again, at the very end of this chapter; "at the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ with all His saints." This is the subject of this book: The return of Jesus Christ with all His saints. He will then establish His holy kingdom on earth, and this will start what is called the Millennium kingdom [age].
When will that be?
It is at the sounding of the seventh and last trumpet. There are traditions that men teach that differ from God's Word, and you have the choice of which you will believe. Many also just don't care. On judgment day when you stand accountable for your belief, or lack of it, the church traditions will not matter, nor will they be there. You will stand and face the Heavenly Father alone. You will be forced to give answer why you did not listen to His Word.
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