Effects of the Gospel
The Reception of the Gospel
Eight Effects of the Gospel
Effect 1: Following the Lord
Effect 2: Faithfulness in Affliction
Effect 3: Exhibiting Joy in the Holy Spirit
Effect 4: Examples to others - saved and unsaved
This is high praise. Although Paul frequently used the terminology of imitation (implicitly complimenting those who were worthy of imitation), he nowhere else wrote to a particular church that their faith was a pattern or type that inspired the discipleship of others.
Macedonia was the Roman province in the northeast section of Greece. The Macedonian churches of which we are aware included those in Philippi, Thessalonica, and Berea. Achaia was the Roman province directly south of Macedonia. In it were churches in the cities of Athens and Corinth. North to south the two provinces stretched for several hundred miles and contained all of the churches established on the second missionary journey (Acts 16:6–18:22)
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Effect 5: Evangelism by the entire church
The verb conveys a sense of a loud, clear sound. Now, it is common to hear in sermons that the verb “literally” means the sound of a thunderclap (its reference in Sir 40:13) or that it “literally” means that the Thessalonians “gossiped” the gospel (it refers to the spread of a rumor in 3 Macc 3:2). This is the fallacy of importing into one context all the significance that a word can take elsewhere. Here it simply means to “sound forth.”
Effect 6: Abandoning the old habits
No pagans would call their cult images “idols,” since it would imply that the god was a fake. Here it has its pejorative meaning as used by the Jews and later the Christians:
Effect 7: Service to the true God
That is, the living God alone is able to give life. It is this very combination of ideas that the Athenians found so incredible (Acts 17:22–32): that God is the Creator, that he cannot be represented by idols, that he is the life-giver, that he raised Jesus from the dead, and that he has fixed a day of judgment. Paul preached in Athens the basic message that he had recently preached in Thessalonica. And because God truly exists and gives life, the Thessalonians have experienced his ability to changes their lives.