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1 Thessalonians 2

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 1 You yourselves, brothers, know that our coming to you was not in vain.

 2 But even though we had already suffered and were shamefully treated at Philippi, as you know, we were bold in our God to speak the gospel to you with much opposition.

 3 For our exhortation did not come from error, nor of impurity, nor in guile [deceit];

 4 But as we were approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but pleasing God, who tries our hearts.

 5 For we did not come with flattering words at any time, as you know, nor with a pretext for covetousness [seeking your money]; God is our witness. [For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, especially of the circumcision; Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole households, teaching things they ought not to teach, for filthy lucre's sake.Tit 1:10-11.]

 6 We did not seek the glory of men, not from you or from others, though we might have been a burden to you as the apostles of Christ.

 7 But we were gentle among you, even as a mother cherishes her children.

 8 So being affectionately solicitous of you, we were willing to impart to you, not only the gospel of God, but also our own souls, because you were so dear to us.

 9 For you remember, brothers, our labor and hardship. How we preached the gospel of God to you, laboring night and day, so that we would not be a burden to any of you.

 10 You are witnesses, and God also, how holy and justly and unblamable we behaved ourselves among you who believe,

 11 As you know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father does his children,

 12 That you would walk worthy of God, who has called you to his kingdom and glory.

 13 For this cause we thank God without ceasing, because, when you received the word of God that you heard from us, you received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which is effectually at work in you who believe.1

 14 For you, brothers, became followers of the churches of God in Judea that are in Christ Jesus; for you have also suffered the same things from your own countrymen, even as they have from the Jews;

 15 Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us. They do not please God, and are foes to all men,

 16 Forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles so that they might be saved. So they always fill up the measure of their sins; but the wrath of God has come upon them to the utmost.

 17 But we, brothers, being taken from you for a short time, in person but not in heart, endeavor all the more and with great longing to see you.

 18 Therefore we would have come to you, (even I, Paul) again and again; but Satan hindered us.

 19 For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Is it not you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?

 20 For you are our glory and joy.

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1 The word of God is effectually at work in you. The power of God is released by the three manifestations of the power of God which are necessary for change:

  1. the name of Jesus, (you have to at least believe in the power of his name, as the son of God, who is the Word of God).
  2. the true gospel — the good news of freedom from sin and the kingdom, which must be believed, seized as one's hope, and exercised in faith to attain, and
  3. the cross of Christthe inward cross of self-denial.


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