Chapter One, Lesson Two
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V. 4 ** What two things did Paul know about the Thessalonians
which reflect the grace of God?
They were "beloved by God" and "chosen" by God!
** What familiar doctrine does that re-introduce to us?
The doctrine of election. Perhaps no other doctrine contained in Scripture
better demonstrates God's love for His children than this one.
Remember: Ephesians 1:4-5, Romans 11:5-6 (Israel too!), Colossians
3:12-13 (Obey as chosen)
Both terms, beloved and chosen, are used in 2Thessalonians 2:13.
V. 5 ** Was Paul's gospel message merely a slick sales promotion?
No! It was "not in word only". God "proved" what
Paul was saying by "signs, wonders and miracles". cf. 2Corinthians
12:12, Acts 20:7-12, Acts 28:1-6
** From where does Paul get the power to perform "signs, wonders
"...in power and in the Holy Spirit..." cf. John 3:21
** What kind of impact did Paul's "Holy Spirit powered" message
have upon those in Thessalonica?
It was received with "full conviction".
** What does that mean?
Those hearing the message and observing the life of the messenger,
were fully convicted of the truth, even unto the salvation of their
souls. Note: Hendriksen offers that the conviction could also be speaking
of Paul's heart as he presented God's saving truth.
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