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1Thessalonians, Chapter Two, Lesson Four

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V.13 (Cont'd.)

** According to our text, what does the word of God do for the believer?

It "performs its work in" us who believe in Christ.
cf. Romans 10:16-17, Philippians 1:6, and 2:12-13

V.14 ** What impact did the word of God have upon the lives of the Thessalonians?

They became imitators! We can know that they were genuine, because God's word had the same impact upon them as it does on all believers. cf. 1Thessalonians 1:5-8

** Were these genuine believers who had been transformed by the word of God, imitating the "health, wealth, prosperity" gospel that we hear so much of today?

No - they imitated those who had counted the cost and were willing to suffer for the sake of Christ. cf. 1Peter 2:20-21

** Who was it that had inflicted this suffering on them?

"...at the hands of your own countrymen..." If they were genuine and observable, the people around them hated them and the Christ for which they stood. cf. 2Timothy 3:12

V.15 ** How severe can this suffering get according to verse fifteen?

Murder! Expulsion from society! And yet they were willing to suffer in response to hearing and accepting the word of God, obviously they knew it was not just the word of men.

** A very timely question for our day, and for this verse is..."How does God view those who cause the persecution of Christians?"

He is not pleased! That is a major understatement.
cf. 2Thessalonians 1:6-9 and Hebrews 10:30-31

** Again - keeping in mind the world in which we live today, besides not pleasing God, how else does Paul describe these persecutors?

They are "...hostile to all men...", even beyond Christians, these Satanically inspired individuals who have been given over to the doctrines of demons are enemies of all who would disagree with them!

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