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1Thessalonians, Chapter Three, Lesson One

V. 5 (cont'd.)

** Last week we learned that Satan tries to thwart the victorious lives of Christians by hating, tempting
and testing. How do you think he would have tempted the young faith of these Thessalonians?

By getting them to doubt Paul (because of his many afflictions) and thereby to doubt the gospel message itself. cf. 2Corinthians 4:3-4

** If Satan could be successful in this regard, what would have become of Paul's labor of love among the Thessalonians?

"...our labor should be in vain."

V. 6 ** Why is the first word in verse six so encouraging?

Because it is pointing out a contrast. Paul's labor was not in vain! Timothy had made it back to Paul and was the bearer of "good news".

** What were the two areas of Timothy's report to Paul?

1. "...your faith and love..." cf. John 13:34-35

2. "...you always think kindly of us" cf. Hebrews 13:7

** How strong was the love in the hearts of the Thessalonians for the apostle Paul?

Just as strong as his love for them!

epipotheo means "to yearn" or "long for" and represents a strong bond of love between these two groups of believers.

V. 7 ** If you spend your life helping, instructing, admonishing and encouraging others from God's word, how will their obedient faith impact your times of "Suffering Affliction"?

Paul said that he was "comforted" simply by the good news of their obedient faith. His afflictions were of no concern when put up against the joyous news of Christians obeying God's word. cf. 3John 4

** What does this verse say about the potential impact Christians can have upon one another?

The Thessalonians stood firm in the middle of persecution (2:14), which caused Paul comfort in his.

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