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1 Thessalonians 2:13-3:5 (1 Thessalonians 2:13-3:5)

Tim Douglass, September 22, 2019
Part of the 1 Thessalonians series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

Paul had to leave Thessalonica pretty abruptly. His reaction toward the Jews there (at least the ones who persecuted him) is more harsh than anywhere else in his writing. He speaks almost as a prophet pronouncing doom on the unfaithful. But that isn’t what he is most concerned with in this letter. From that little sidetrack he moves on to talk about his concern for the faith of the people in that church. Once again we see Paul revealing his true heart for the people he has ministered to.

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1 Thessalonians 2:13-3:5

13For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe. 14For ye, brethren, became followers of the churches of God which in Judaea are in Christ Jesus: for ye also have suffered like things of your own countrymen, even as they have of the Jews: 15Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they please not God, and are contrary to all men: 16Forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved, to fill up their sins alway: for the wrath is come upon them to the uttermost. 17But we, brethren, being taken from you for a short time in presence, not in heart, endeavoured the more abundantly to see your face with great desire. 18Wherefore we would have come unto you, even I Paul, once and again; but Satan hindered us. 19For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming? 20For ye are our glory and joy. 3:1 Wherefore when we could no longer forbear, we thought it good to be left at Athens alone; 2And sent Timotheus, our brother, and minister of God, and our fellowlabourer in the gospel of Christ, to establish you, and to comfort you concerning your faith: 3That no man should be moved by these afflictions: for yourselves know that we are appointed thereunto. 4For verily, when we were with you, we told you before that we should suffer tribulation; even as it came to pass, and ye know. 5For 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. (KJV)

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