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2Thessalonians, Chapter One, Lesson One

ENLARGED FAITH            Page 3
V. 2 (cont'd.)

** Is that indicating that "Grace and peace" come from two different sources?

No - They can only come from one source, God Himself. The preposition "in" used in verse one to describe the proximity of the Thessalonian church indicates that the two are one. Their saving faith was placed "in" God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ as a single point of worship.

Similarly, the blessings of God (grace and peace) are from a single source. cf. John 14:8-9

V. 3 ** As we move into the main portion of this brief passage, how do you think Paul feels about giving thanks to God for these Thessalonians?

"We ought always..." Paul is joyfully obligated to give thanks to God, who brought about the saving faith of these Thessalonians.

KJV - "We are bound to thank God always for you..."

Amplified Version - "We ought and indeed are obligated as those in debt to give thanks always to God for you..."

The Living Bible - "Dear brothers, giving thanks to God for you is not only the right thing to do, but it is our duty to God..."

cf. Romans 1:8 and 1Corinthians 1:4

** Did Paul think that this was a forced thankfulness, or that it was unusual to be thankful for another
Christian's faith?

No - not at all. He thought it was "only fitting".

** With that in mind, for what is Paul thankful regarding the Thessalonians?

He was thankful to God for their "Enlarged Faith". Not just the fact that God had given them their faith (which He had), but for the fact that their new faith was "greatly enlarged".

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