Example to the Examples

   After looking at the first chapter of the first letter to the
Thessalonians and seeing the Apostle Paul’s Encouragement and
Commendation we now turn to his instruction to them (1 Thessalonians 2:1-9).

   Paul’s first
instruction is to this Example church is to remember his own example to
them.
To take to heart the fact that he was there and willing to preach
the message that God had commissioned to him even in the face of
persecution having only recently been beaten with rods and imprisoned
before arriving there the first time. Paul preached with BOLDNESS and
AUTHORITY and yet GENTLY. Here is a great combination that we can only
attain with the focus that Paul had.

Paul was obviously not in this for himself. It was not for applause or for the accumulation of goods that he went about preaching God’s message of repentance and forgiveness of sins. Being beaten and imprisoned did not cause him to waver in the least.  Paul knew that the Message had its Source in God Himself. The fact that it was a Trust Committed to him by God meant that this is a
message that he must take seriously!

Paul reminds the Thessalonians of this as he encourages them to continue following his example. We too as followers of Paul and of Christ (1 Corinthians 11:1) need to heed that same example. We need to base everything upon the Gospel of Jesus Christ just as it was preached in the days of the Apostles.


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Thessalonians 2:3
For our exhortation did not come from error or
uncleanness, nor was it in deceit.

No error in our message, no impurity in our motives and no manipulation in our methods. That means that we must study the doctrines of the Christian Faith and be ready to share them Boldly, with Authority and yet Gently to the culture at large. Right actions come from right thinking. Therefore we are commanded to

Colossians 3:10 “put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him,”

2 Corinthians 10:5b “bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, ”

This is done as we examine the lives of not only the Apostles but even those whom God raises up in our own age. Yet we cannot simply follow one who claims to follow Christ but we must compare all of them with the Scripture and see how the line up to the teachings of Christ and the Apostles.

The test for us comes when we see whether we are truly willing to sacrifice our own comfort and cash for the benefit of others. That we are not looking for our own benefit but that we are as the Apostles was, “Willing to spend and be spent” (2 Corinthians 12:15) that others might hear the Gospel!

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In Christ!
Kevin

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