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Paul's Defense - by Michael Phillips
Study in Thessalonians - Part 3 of 13
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1 Thessalonians 2:1-12
Aug 15, 2004 am - Today, with God's help, we'll move on in our study of Thessalonians. The two Letters were sent to a church long ago in a place far away. But they are not artifacts, of interest to historians only. They are the Word of God and speak as directly to us as they did to the people way back then. The words of God are like His mercies: They are new every morning. THE MOOD If you read the Letter straight through, you'll notice how different the mood of chapter 2 is from chapter 1. The first chapter is entirely positively. Paul is thanking God for his friends in Thessalonica. He remembers their work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope, and he knows why they're doing them: Because God has chosen for holiness. He looks back on their first meeting. His sermons were not just listened to politely, but they were received for what they were: The Word of God. The Word came to them in power, in the Holy Spirit, and in much assurance. The Word changed their lives. Formerly pagan, they turned from their idols to serve the Living and True God, and to wait for His Son from heaven. What Son? The Son whom God raised from the dead-that Son, the Lord Jesus Christ! Who, in His death and ... More >>>

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