1 Thessalonians 2
(1-16) Paul’s Ministry to the Thessalonians
Despite the suffering and shameful treatment that Paul experienced at Philippi, his boldness in preaching the Gospel did not diminish. He is not interested in pleasing human beings. He only seeks to please God. In preaching the Gospel, Paul does not seek glory from others, he does not try to flatter others, and he does not preach out of greed. He works to take care of himself so he will not be a financial burden to his hearers. Instead, he is gentle; sharing not only the Gospel with people, but also sharing of himself. His conduct in front of and toward others is holy, righteous, and blameless. Because his conduct is such, he has authority to exhort and encourage others to also walk in a worthy manner before God.
When the Thessalonian believers received the Word of God, they did not accept it as any other word. They accepted it for what it really is, the Word of God. We too need to read the Word of God, and receive it and believe it for the powerful and living word that it is.
(17-20) Paul’s Longing to See Them Again
Paul longs to see the Thessalonian believers again because it was he who preached the Gospel to them. When Jesus the Christ comes, we will not boast in any material wealth or earthly treasures. We will only boast about how many people we brought to faith in Christ. When we are reunited together in Heaven, those who were saved by our efforts will be our glory and joy.
Favorite verse: (10) And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.