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1Thessalonians, Chapter Two, Lesson Three

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V. 9 (cont'd.)

** Did that mean Paul would never accept assistance from another Christian?

Absolutely not! He often was dependent upon others and openly expressed his appreciation.
cf. Philippians 4:16-17

** So what is the difference? Why did he not want to be a financial burden to the Thessalonians, and at the same time he was accepting a gift from the Philippians while living there in Thessalonica?

Paul had established the church in Philippi and knew the love and sacrifice behind their gift. While he was in Thessalonica he was still preaching the gospel and starting this young church and he did not want the message to be lost behind a pretense of greed. cf. 1Corinthians 6:12

V.10 ** As we move into this next verse, who does Paul again add to the witness list?

"You are witnesses, and so is God...!

** Why is Paul so persistent in calling on God to verify his life and ministry?

Because God is the One who knows the heart!
(Remember 1Samuel 16:7 - man looks on the outward appearance, God looks on the heart)

** Paul now gives us three adverbs to describe his behavior or character, which was made manifest in his life and ministry. What are they?

devoutly - in holy fashion, true piety out of a reverence for God.

uprightly - righteously, justly (observable by men) as we ought. cf. 1Corinthians 15:34

blamelessly - without blame, unable to find a flaw.

** These three adverbs describe Paul's behavior toward whom?

"...toward you believers..." the Thessalonians.

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