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FRAMEWORKS: Paul's FIRST letter to the Thessalonians

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Frameworks: 1 Thessalonians 2


v.1-4 Paul's approach with the gospel despite opposition
v.5-12 The simplicity with which Paul brought the gospel
v.13-16 The way the Thessalonians had received the gospel

v.17-20 Paul's longing to see the Thessalonians


[Chapter Synopsis: Paul reminds the Thessalonians how he had come to them with the gospel and how they had received it. Such memories stirred in him a longing to come and see them again and yet the enemy had prevented that happening.]



v.1-4 Paul's approach with the gospel despite opposition


[Passage Synopsis: Despite being previously persecuted we came with open, pure hearts at God's bidding.]


v.1 (remember what happened when we came to you) You know, brothers and sisters, that our visit to you was not without results.

v.2 (although we had been persecuted before we came to you, we didn't let that put us off) We had previously suffered and been treated outrageously in Philippi, as you know, but with the help of our God we dared to tell you his gospel in the face of strong opposition.

v.3 for we didn't have human motivation) For the appeal we make does not spring from error or impure motives, nor are we trying to trick you.

v.4 (no, we came at God's bidding, to please Him) On the contrary, we speak as those approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please people but God, who tests our hearts.



v.5-12 The simplicity with which Paul brought the gospel


[Passage Synopsis: We came with a simple straight forward gospel, loving you and work hard among you, caring and encouraging you.]


v.5 (we didn't dress up the gospel) You know we never used flattery, nor did we put on a mask to cover up greed  God is our witness.

v.6 (we weren't trying to win praise) We were not looking for praise from people, not from you or anyone else, even though as apostles of Christ we could have asserted our authority.

v.7,8 (we were simple, straight forward and caring for you, loving you and delighting in sharing with you) Instead, we were like young children among you. Just as a nursing mother cares for her children, so we cared for you. Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well.

v.9 (you remember how hard we worked among you) Surely you remember, brothers and sisters, our toil and hardship; we worked night and day in order not to be a burden to anyone while we preached the gospel of God to you.

v.10 (you can testify to how we came) You are witnesses, and so is God, of how holy, righteous and blameless we were among you who believed.

v.11,12 (we were caring and encouraging) For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.



v.13-16 The way the Thessalonians had received the gospel


[Passage Synopsis: We marvel how you received the gospel as God's word, failing to be put off by Jewish opposition, just like the home churches in Judea.]


v.13 they received the gospel as the word of God

v.13 (you accepted what you heard as the word of God to you) And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe.

v.14-16 they responded to it regardless of opposition from the Jews

v.14-16  (and as a result became like the Judean churches not being put off by the opposition from the Jews) For

- you, brothers and sisters, became imitators of God's churches in Judea, which are in Christ Jesus:

- you suffered from your own people the same things those churches suffered from the Jews who killed the Lord Jesus and the prophets and also drove us out.

They displease God and are hostile to everyone in their effort to keep us from speaking to the Gentiles so that they may be saved. In this way they always heap up their sins to the limit. The wrath of God has come upon them at last.



v.17-20 Paul's longing to see the Thessalonians


[Passage Synopsis: We had longed to see you but Satan had stopped us, but you have proved to be our source of praise from Jesus.]


v.17 (separated from you we yearned to see you) But, brothers and sisters, when we were orphaned by being separated from you for a short time (in person, not in thought), out of our intense longing we made every effort to see you.

v.18 (although we wanted to come, Satan hindered and stopped us) For we wanted to come to you  certainly I, Paul, did, again and again  but Satan blocked our way.

v.19 (any glory we get from Jesus is you!) For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes? Is it not you?

v.20 (you are our glory) Indeed, you are our glory and joy.



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