Chapter Two, Lesson Three
BURDENED IN CHRIST Page
** Does that mean that Paul was less devout, upright or
blameless toward unbelievers?
No - He was an example to all who knew him, but the unsaved could not
be called as a witness to the godly character of the man, that job had
to be done by the Thessalonians and God!
cf. 2Corinthians 1:12
V.11 ** While verse ten described Paul's behavior or character,
verse eleven now describes his activity, and this time too he uses three
distinct terms. Let's look at them together.
exhorting - "Paul and his friends had directed the converts
into suitable lines of conduct."
Leon Morris cf. V.3
encouraging - To comfort the fainthearted. cf. 1Thessalonians
5:14, John 11:19, 31
imploring - Lit. "testifying", to bring forward a
witness, to solemnly testify.
cf. Acts 20:26, Galatians 5:3
** Was Paul vaguely applying these three activities to the congregation
as a whole?
No - this is how he ministered to "each one".
** So, was it cold and mechanical? How did Paul relate to those with
whom he shared God's truth?
As a father would his own children! Paul was truly "Bound in
Christ" to these saints.
V.12 ** That brings us to Paul's second area of burden for these
Thessalonians. To see what it is here in verse twelve, let's first do
a quick review of what we have seen today.
Paul and company, while staying in Thessalonica, labored with hardship
both day and night so they could present the gospel without financial
burden and behaved in an exemplary fashion, directing, comforting and
testifying about God to each one of the Thessalonian believers as if
they were their own children! Wow, that is really a lot! Why did they
do all of that? What was Paul's burden for the life of the Thessalonians?
"...so that you may walk in a manner worthy of the God who calls
you..." cf. 3John 1:4
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