1 Thessalonians 2: Are You Preaching The Gospel?
Verse of the Day: (V8) “So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were dear unto us.”
1. The Gospel Of God (V1-11)
V8 “So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were dear unto us.”
Apostle Paul and his fellow preachers preached and lived by the gospel of God, and were willing not only to suffer but to lay down their lives for the gospel. This was how much they truly loved the people, and how much impact the gospel of God had upon the people.
V9 “For ye remember, brethren, our labour and travail: for labouring night and day, because we would not be chargeable unto any of you, we preached unto you the gospel of God.”
2. The Word Of God (V12-13)
V12 “That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.”
If there was one church that Paul and his fellow preachers were thankful for it must be the Thessalonian church. The Thessalonian Christians were not only greatly receptive to the word of God, but they truly walked worthy of God who saved and sanctified them.
V13 “For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.”
3. The Churches of God (V14-20)
V14 “For ye, brethren, became followers of the churches of God which in Judaea are in Christ Jesus: for ye also have suffered like things of your own countrymen, even as they have of the Jews:”
Paul encouraged all the churches of God to continue in their faith in Christ in spite of Satan’s hindrance. Satan is God’s enemy, and he knows his time is short before he is condemned to hell. Whatever time left, Satan will do his utmost to hinder God’s work. However, let us be assured that ultimately God shall have the final victory over Satan.
V18 “Wherefore we would have come unto you, even I Paul, once and again; but Satan hindered us.”
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, please help me to preach Your gospel by walking worthy of You.