Scripture Reading: 1 Thessalonians 2
1 Thessalonians 2:1-4
For yourselves, brethren, know our entrance in unto you, that it was not in vain:
2 But even after that we had suffered before, and were shamefully entreated, as ye know, at Philippi, we were bold in our God to speak unto you the gospel of God with much contention.3 For our exhortation was not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile [tricks]:4 But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts.
Shamefully entreated—abused, suffer violence. Much contention—competitors in a contest, outward conflict with persecutors, struggle, competition. Paul did not preach lies, or for selfish gain, but with plain speech. Preaching was not to please people, to win an audience and favor.
1 Thessalonians 2:13-16
For 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.
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: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:
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.
Effectually works—energetically brings about results when mixed with faith, superhuman power works in the word believed. Followers—imitators.
1 Thessalonians 3:2-5
And 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:
3 That no man should be moved by these afflictions: for yourselves know that we are appointed thereunto.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.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.
Establish—confirm, make stable, firmly ground. Moved—shaken, disturbed, opposite of established. Appointed thereunto—Peter—called to suffer wrongfully. Literally means to lay down, to lay down the law, this is the path put before you. We told you it was going to happen because it’s been laid out by God to happen. Tempter tries to shake you, apostles labor to make you firm.
Tempter—Satan tempts by removing good and comfort with persecution, or trying to get you to avoid suffering. Either way: don’t fall for it.
1 Thessalonians 5:6-11
Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.7 For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,10 Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.11 Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.
Wake up and stay awake! Work things that can be done in the day, stay away from night works! Alive or dead at His coming.
2 Thessalonians 1:3-6
We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth;4 So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure:
5 Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer:6 Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you
Tribulations—pressures, anguish, burden. Manifest token—indication, proof, evidence of God’s righteousness—that they are enduring what God appointed them to as well as their ability to endure it. Worthy—to count entirely deserving of. The pressure they exert upon God’s children will be exerted on the troublers.