Chapter Two, Lesson Three
HAVING FAITH IN THE TRUTH Page
Having Faith in the Truth
V.13 ** How do we know that Paul is shifting his attention away
from the wicked system which he had been speaking of in our study together
He begins our study for today with But, we should always give
thanks to God for you... Paul uses the word but as
a transition from one subject to another.
** Who had Paul just been talking about?
Specifically, those who perish (V.10), sinful man who
lives his entire life Rejecting the Truth and taking
pleasure in wickedness (V.12).
** After expressing his thankful heart for the believers in Thessalonica,
Paul describes these people from two different perspectives. From his
own and then from Gods. First, how does Paul feel about them? What
word does he use that describes his perspective of their intrinsic value?
He calls them his brethren. From the Greek word adelphos,
this term is one of endearment; and became common in its use to describe
the closeness of the relationship which can only be experienced by two
brothers or sisters in Christ. Paul would use this term 25 times in
his two letters to the Thessalonians.
** Second, how does God feel about these believers?
...beloved by the Lord... All Christians are loved by
a gracious God, who has the authority and expressed will to deliver
them from sin unto eternal life in Christ Jesus.
cf. 1Thessalonians 1:4, Colossians 1:13-14
** How often did Paul say that we are obligated to be thankful for one
...we should always give thanks to God for you...
Remember what we learned in 2Thessalonians 1:3, we are obligated by
God, for His glory sake, to give thanks for one another. cf. Romans
1:8, 1Corinthians 1:4
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