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1Thessalonians, 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 and miracles"?

"...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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