1 Thessalonians 1 and 2, You became followers of us; and we will be with God in His glory.

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1. We mention of you in our prayers, knowing your election of God.

"1 Thessalonians 1:1 Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians which is in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ." Paul, Silvanus, and Timotheus, all the three prominent men together writes this letter to Thessalonians and mentions that they were in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. When our pastors read this verse they say that their churches are in God the Father and in Jesus Christ; but no, present churches are in the world and are of the world. They are in sin and in false grace of Satan. If we tell them not to sin, they will get angry and will say that they are in grace, and we fell from grace. "2 We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers;" They always pray for Thessalonians because they are of God. Jesus says in John 17 that he will pray only for his people, but not for the world; his disciples did the same. But our churches pray for the world and for sinners since, preachers are also of the world and are sinners. "3 Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father;" Notice, they have works of faith, but churches proclaim that it is not by works. Thessalonians love God and love brethren also. 4 says that because of their works, the apostles know that they are chosen of God for eternal inheritance. So, since present day churches defy the works, it is evident that God will not choose them for eternal inheritance.

2. Gospel of God came unto you not only in word, but also in power.

"5 For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake." Here it says, "our gospel." Christians know the story of Jesus, but they do not know the gospel. If you are new to my study, let me give you two links to know the gospel. Links to click; 1. "The true gospel." 2. "Grace and Gospel." Here it says that the gospel came with word and power. So, what is this power? There are two kinds of powers. One is manifestations, they show that the servants are from God; the other gives grace to believers to do what God tells them to do. "6 And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost:" The apostles went through a lot of persecution and suffering to preach the gospel, and Thessalonians also were following the gospel with persecutions. But they endured all suffering with joy of the Lord. "7 So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia. 8 For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God-ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing." Their faith was known to others, and they became an example to other Christians around them. "9 For they themselves show of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God; 10 And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come." The wrath of God will be upon all sinning people, and Thessalonians were delivered from it and now they are waiting for the glorious second coming of Jesus Christ. They came out from their previous idol worship and took a stand for the Lord Jesus Christ. But most Christians of our time, settles for many kinds of traditional and ritual worship, which are of idols.

3. Bold in our God to preach the gospel of God with much contention.

In chapter 2:1 Paul says that their coming to Thessalonica was not in vain: In 2 he says, despite they were ill-treated very shamefully in places like Philippi, they were bold to preach the gospel of God with much contention. In verse 4 he says, "we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel." That is, God found them worthy to trust them to preach the gospel. God did not find anybody to trust the gospel. Even before his ascension, Jesus Christ told only his disciples to preach the gospel, and he did not tell anybody else to preach the gospel. At present, churches do not know what the gospel is, and they sent anybody to preach the gospel. And they preach the stories of Jesus of Nazareth, the man, as the gospel for salvation of the world. But the knowledge of the story of Jesus saves nobody. In 3-5 they say, Since God found them sincere, he trusted the gospel with them. They pleased God only and they did not deceive or flatter anybody; and so, they tell the truth honestly, without covetousness, and God is witness: "6 Nor of men sought we glory, neither of you, nor yet of others, when we might have been burdensome, as the apostles of Christ." That is, they did not expect praises or any help, meaning money from them; that is, the gospel was preached free. "7 But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children: 8 So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were dear unto us." They did all that because they love people, especially in Thessalonica.

4. We preached to you the gospel of God, without charge to any of you.

"9 For ye remember, brethren, our labour and travail: for labouring night and day, because we would not be chargeable unto any of you, we preached unto you the gospel of God." They worked day and night for their living and preached the gospel without charge. "10 Ye are witnesses, and God also, how holily and justly and unblameably we behaved ourselves among you that believe:" Not only they preach, also they live a perfect pure life for others to see. "11 As ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father doth his children," They took care of the people as a father takes care of his children. "12 That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory." They admonish the people to walk worthy of God in their calling. Now a days preachers and Christians unified to proclaim that no man can walk worthy of God, and so, God will take them to heaven by mercy and grace. It is the reason that God does not call them unto his kingdom and his glory, and they are deserved to be thrown into hell. 13 says that they thank God because Thessalonians received the word of God from the apostles, as they received from God himself. So, it worked very effectively on them because of their belief. So, let us also believe the same way.

5. Our hope, joy, or rejoicing is the presence of our Lord at his coming.

"14 For 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:" The church in Judaea was in Christ and Thessalonians followed Judaea, and so persecutions and sufferings followed them. The church in Judaea was persecuted by Jews, and the church in Thessalonica was persecuted by Thessalonians. "15 Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they please not God, and are contrary to all men:" They were supposedly God's people, but they killed even Jesus. They were violent to the point of killing them also. Now, though religious Christians are also against spiritual Christians, they are not up to the point of physical violence to killing, since the present culture will not allow such behavior in the law; otherwise they might. "16 Forbidding 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." They not only do not want them or us to convert Christians, but also prevent to preach even to new people. They are just against them, us, and against God since they do not want the truth. 17&18 say that the apostles desire to see Thessalonians, but Satan hindered them. The apostle concludes this chapter with this wish. "19 For 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?" The presence of the Lord in his coming means that they will be in the status of the Sons of God, and they will see him as he is, and they will be also like him, as in 1 John 3:2. They all will be in the same glory as of the Lord Jesus Christ in the status of the Sons of God inheriting the kingdom of God. "20 For ye are our glory and joy." Thessalonians were their glory and joy.

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I am a retired pastor of the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India
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