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2Thessalonians, Chapter Two, Lesson Three

V.14 (cont’d.)

** Before we leave this verse, what personal note does Paul interject regarding how God had called them?

“...through our gospel...” Not only did God love them, but so did Paul as he personally identifies with the gospel truth he had shared with them. cf. 1Thessalonians 2:8

V.15 ** What do you suppose is the purpose of the first two words here in verse fifteen?

“So then...” Paul is saying, “In view of all that has been said, do this!”

** Alright then, what two things are we as brethren to do, which will prove that we live each day by “Having Faith in the Truth”?

1. “...stand firm...” cf. 1Corinthians 16:13, Philippians 1:27. 4:1
2. “...hold to the teaching...” cf. Romans 6:17, Colossians 2:8

** We should be willing to live each day “Having Faith in the Truth”. For the Thessalonians, what were their two sources of teaching for understanding God’s precious truth?

1. “...word of mouth...” - the apostle teaching them in person. cf. 2Thessalonians 2:5

2. “...by letter from us...” - a direct reference to these two letters he had sent through Timothy.

V.16 ** As the apostle reflects upon the lives of his students, his beloved Thessalonians, what does it cause him to do on their behalf?

He begins to pray for them. That should always be the fruit of our loving concern for one another, that we go to the Lord and ask Him to bless our brothers and sisters in Christ.

** In this brief prayer, Paul mentions what God has done for us as Christians and also what he would like for God to yet do. First, what things has God already done?

1. He has loved us!
2. He has given us eternal comfort!
3. He has given us eternal good hope!
Just a footnote: All of that was by His “grace” - God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense!

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