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1Thessalonians, Chapter Three, Lesson Two

SHOWING AFFECTION           Page 3
V.10 (cont'd.)

** "Night and day" - Does that phrase sound familiar? Do you recall when Paul had used it before in this same letter?

"...our labor and hardship, how working night and day so as not to be a burden to any of you..." cf. 1Thessalonians 2:9

Paul's work ethic was above reproach when he was with the Thessalonians, working "night and day" on their behalf. His prayer ethic was identical when he was away from them, praying "night and day" for their spiritual maturity.

** What does verse ten say about Paul's intensity of prayer, was his just a flippant prayer life?

No - He prayed "most earnestly" for those he loved.
Paul uses the adverb huperekperissou to describe his intense prayer life. It was hyperbole designed to state his deeply abiding love for them.
cf. Ephesians 3:20 and 1Thessalonians 5:13

** Let's go back to what he was praying for, of course we understand that he wanted to be able to see them again, but what does Paul mean by "may complete what is lacking in your faith"? cf. Romans 1:11

1. He needed to correct the Thessalonians' confusion regarding Christ's return.
cf. 1Thessalonians 4:13-5:3

2. He wanted their virtues and love to abound more and more.
cf. 1Thessalonians 4:1-4 and 4:9-10

3. He needed to rebuke, correct and encourage some of their members for becoming disorderly, fainthearted and weak. cf. 1Thessalonians 5:14

V.11 ** With all this talk of "Showing Affection" through the use of intense, unrelenting prayer, is Paul now going to start a prayer?

Probably not! According to the commentator, William Hendriksen - "In a prayer God is addressed and the second person is generally used. Here the exalted names or titles are entirely in the third person. It is more likely a devout utterance of a wish that the petition of verse ten may be fulfilled".

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