“Facing Persecution” 1 Thessalonians 3
Now that Paul has demonstrated his missionary mindset method to the Thessalonians, he tells them how to deal with trouble and persecution. It is interesting that it has nothing to do with the persecution itself.
1. Paul sent Timothy, his right hand man, to encourage the Thessalonians in their faith, while he was experiencing persecution.
2. He taught them to expect persecution.
3. Paul and his co-workers focused on the Thessalonians believers and prayed for them.
4. He wanted God’s love to grow in them and overflow to others.1 Cor. 13:7,13
5. He prayed they would be living pure lives when Christ returned.
So then, Paul’s way of dealing with hardships and persecution was to focus on God’s love and the welfare of others, not his troubles.
“ These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation,
but take courage; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
“Getting Ready for the Trumpet Call” 1 Thess. 4
We, as believers, look forward to the Lord’s return. However, as Paul explains, there are some things we must be doing to get ready for that trumpet! There are some things we must know,
so that we are not deceived.
1.To please God, our lives must be self-controlled and sanctified (i.e. separated ) from the way the heathen live. To reject this teaching is to reject God.
2.God expects believers to love each other, work hard, and treat unbelievers kindly.
3.Because Christ rose, He will bring the Christians who have already died with Him when He returns.
4.The Lord, Himself, will give a loud command, with an archangel’s voice and one of God’s trumpets, and He will descend. 1 Cor. 15:51-58
5.Christians who died, followed by those who are still alive will receive their eternal condition at that time. Be encouraged. 1 Thess. 4:17-18
Only those who are obedient and looking for Christ’s return will be ready for it!
“Return Reality” 2 Thessalonians 1
Paul learned that some Thessalonians had misunderstood some things he said in his first letter and were creating some problems as a result. So he wrote
to them again just a few months later. He started by assuring them again that the Lord Jesus will come back.
1.The Thessalonian believers had a widespread testimony of love, faith, and perseverance.
Vss. 6-7a 2.God will punish the persecutors and relieve the persecuted.
3.This will happen when the Lord Jesus returns with blazing fire and His angels.
4.He will send unbelievers into eternal punishment, separated from God.
5.All believers will be united with Him and we will be awestruck when we see Him. 6.Knowing this we should live in God’s power in order to glorify the Lord Jesus.
So then, before discussing when Jesus will return, Paul makes clear that what is more important is the
fact that Jesus will return and bring all humanity to their final destiny.
Study to resume on May 21st