Most of us are familiar with this book. It is dangerous to study God’s Word without seeking to make application. It can produce pride in our hearts to only listen for what we are doing right.
for they themselves report what kind of reception we had from you: how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.
turned to God from idols
wait for his Son
How did they turn from idols?
because our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, in the Holy Spirit, and with full assurance. You know how we lived among you for your benefit, and you yourselves became imitators of us and of the Lord when, in spite of severe persecution, you welcomed the message with joy from the Holy Spirit. As a result, you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia.
Power - their lifestyle changed. The exercised their spiritual gifts.
Full Assurance - there was no doubt in their mind. No fear of condemnation.
Became an example - their obedience and attitudes gave them a reputation in different cultures and languages. They were a light shinning in the darkness.
Joy - they were accepting of the message and rejoiced in the reality of God’s forgiveness. They were not prideful, and did not react with anger or hatred.
The gospels message is that something is wrong with you.
Wait for his son-
We recall, in the presence of our God and Father, your work produced by faith, your labor motivated by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.
Faith- they believed what they could not see based on they evidence they could see.
Opposite - unbelief. Ignoring what is obvious.
Work without faith - fruitless, the work will not have any results because, because we can do nothing for God without faith.
Now without faith it is impossible to please God, since the one who draws near to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
Love - agape, selflessly caring for another
opposite - indifference, not caring about the fate of another
Labor without love: (counter-productive) Will do the opposite of what you intend
If I speak human or angelic tongues but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith so that I can move mountains but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I give away all my possessions, and if I give over my body in order to boast but do not have love, I gain nothing.
This is how we have come to know love: He laid down his life for us. We should also lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.
Hope - motivating confidence in something true.
opposite - distrust, we choose not to believe God’s promises
Endurance without hope - hopeless (yes, that’s a pun) We cannot endure without focusing on our hope. These believers endured severe persecution.
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
What was their hope? Christ’s imminent return.
and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.
Jesus could return at any moment. This world is temporary, nothing but Jesus and people matter.
Have you turned from your idols? Are you being honest with yourself?
do you accept God’s words with Joy?
How are you waiting?
Are your works produced by faith?
Is your labor motivated by love?
Is your endurance inspired by hope?
Do you a
I include myself in asking this question: do we need to repent of any of these?
End with prayer.