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2Thessalonians, Chapter Three, Lesson One

V. 1 (cont’d.)

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 4:2-3

** 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...” God’s 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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