Chapter Three, Lesson One
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V. 1 (contd.)
The word used by Paul here for pray (proseuchomai) is an imperative
in an emphatic position. This leaves no doubt in our minds as to how
important it was for Paul to have these baby Christians praying for
him. Further, Paul puts it in the present continuous tense, so that
it literally means pray continually.
cf. 1Thessalonians 5:25, Ephesians 6:19, Philippians 1:19, Colossians
** For what does Paul want them to specifically pray?
...that the word of the Lord may spread rapidly and be glorified...
** What instrument is being used here by God for the rapid spreading
of the word?
The mouth of the apostle Paul - remember Colossians 4:3, ...so
that we may speak forth the mystery of Christ...
** Besides the apostle Paul spreading the truth of the gospel, how else
does God rapidly spread His precious truth?
God chooses to use all who hear and believe in the truth to then spread
it throughout the world. cf. 2Timothy 2:2, Acts 1:8
** Paul uses an interesting phrase when he says, that the word...may
be glorified. How is that accomplished?
There is a double imagery going on here. On the one hand, we have
the word of the Lord contained in the gospel which we share
with the lost around us. On the other hand, the word which
we share is Jesus Christ Himself. He is the word of God, and is to be
glorified by our faithful witness. cf. John 1:1, 14, and Revelation
19:13 with Philippians 2:9-11
** According to verse one here in 2Thessalonians, chapter three, had
that already taken place?
Absolutely - Paul says, ...just as it did also with you...
Gods word had spread rapidly and brought glory to the person of
Jesus Christ, God incarnate, in the area of Thessalonica.
** So is Paul losing his humility here, becoming puffed up by saying
he was a great evangelist?
No - Paul knew Who causes the growth. cf. 1Corinthians 3:1-7
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