Saturday, December 19, 2009

1 Thessalonians 1

1 Thessalonians 1

Theme: Wait for Christ

Introduction (1:1-10).

Before Paul begins instructing the Thessalonians how to wait for Christ, he first thanks God for the fruit which is already evident in their lives: faith, hope, and love (1-3).

They imitated the godly testimony of the missionary team, with joy, even during a time of "severe" tribulation (6).

They set an example for all the believers in the region (7-8).  2 Cor. 8:1-8 says that in their poverty, they voluntarily gave themselves, then their substance, during a time of tribulation, to meet the material needs of the saints.  They turned to God from idols (9), served Him (9b), and waited for the return of Christ from heaven (10).

The fruit they bore showed they were God's elect, and that they would be saved, by the return of Christ, _from_ (rather than "out of") the wrath to come (cf. Rev. 3:10).

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The Gospel

Have you heard Christ died for our sins, and God raised Him from the dead? Did you know God saves you from hell and gives you eternal life through faith in this finished work alone, not your merits (Jn. 3:16; 1 Cor. 15:1-3; Eph. 2:8-10; 2 Thess. 1:8-9)? This is so man cannot boast, and God alone gets the glory (Eph. 2:8-9).


The grand purpose of creation is to bring glory and pleasure to God in Christ (Eph. 1:1-10; Rev. 4:11). The gospel of Christ's death and resurrection for our sins, achieves this goal by magnifying God's grace and mercy towards undeserving sinners. The purpose of faithguard, is to glorify God, by defending and confirming the gospel of Jesus Christ.