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2Thessalonians, Chapter Three, Lesson Two

CHRIST HONORING FELLOWSHIP            Page 5
V. 9 (cont’d.)

** Paul was actually using his lifestyle as a teaching method, as a model or pattern! What are we to do when we encounter a model of godliness?

We should “follow” the example set before us by God!

1Corinthians 4:16 - Be imitators of me
1Corinthians 11:1 - Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ
Philippians 3:17 - Join in following my example
Philippians 4:9 - Practice these things
1Thessalonians 1:6 - You also became imitators of us

** What did Paul instruct the Thessalonians to do with the example which he had portrayed before them?

“...that you might follow our example.” He hoped that they would pick up on the pattern and then apply it to their “Christ Honoring Fellowship”.

V.10 ** We said earlier that morals could be corrupted by bad company. What moral teaching does Paul remind them of at the end of verse ten to drive home his point?

“...if anyone will not work, neither let him eat.”

** When had these Thessalonians first heard this important instruction from the wisdom of God?

“For even when we were with you, we used to give you this order...” They had the privilege of receiving godly wisdom directly from the apostle himself.

Compare:

Proverbs 15:19 - The way of the sluggard is as a hedge of thorns, but the path of the upright is a highway.

Proverbs 19:24 - The sluggard buries his hand in the dish, and will not even bring it back to his mouth.

Proverbs 20:4 - The sluggard does not plow after the autumn, so he begs during the harvest and has nothing.

Proverbs 21:25 - The desire of the sluggard puts him to death, for his hands refuse to work

Proverbs 26:16 - The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who can give a discreet answer.

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