|1 Thessalonians 3 |
1 Therefore when we could no longer endure it, we thought it best to be left alone in Athens,
2 And send Timothy, our brother and minister of God, and our fellow laborer in the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and comfort you concerning your faith,
3 So that no man should be disturbed by my afflictions; for yourselves know that we are appointed to this.1
4 For truly, when we were with you, we told you that we would suffer tribulation; even as it has now happened, as you know.
5 For this reason, when I could no longer endure it, I sent that I might know of your faith, lest by some means the tempter might have tempted you, and our labor would be in vain.
6 But now Timothy has come from you to us, and brought us good tidings of your faith and love, and that you have affectionate remembrance of us always, desiring greatly to see us, as we also desire to see you.
7 Therefore, brothers, we were comforted by your faith in all our affliction and distress;
8 For now we really live, if you stand fast in the Lord.
9 For what thanks can we render to God for you, for all the joy with which we rejoice for your sakes before our God;
10 Praying exceedingly, night and day, that we might see your face, and perfect that which is lacking in your faith?2
11 Now may our God and Father himself, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way to you.
12 And the Lord make you increase and abound in love toward one another and toward all men, even as we do toward you;
13 So that he may establish your hearts unblamable in holiness before God, our Father, at the arrival of our Lord Jesus Christ in his saints.3
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1 no man should be disturbed by my afflictions; for yourselves know that we are appointed to this. We must suffer with supernatural afflictions in order to be done with sin. This is part of the inward cross of self-denial, and the Lord will allow you to be afflicted when he has built up your faith sufficently to not fall away under the stress and depression that often results. Therefore, since Christ has suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same mind because he who has suffered in the flesh is finished with sin, 1 Pet 4:1.
2 We might perfect what is lacking in your faith. More evidence of perfection being an integral part of the Christian journey, and that one's faith is a journey that ends in the perfection of faith.
3 That he may establish your hearts unblamable in holiness before God, our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ... More evidence that Paul spoke of an imminent occurrence of the Lord returning, which had to be to individuals; particularly when thousands of 17th Century early Quakers witnessed it happening. And your hearts unblamable in holiness. Their hearts have to be unblamable in holiness.
at the arrival of our Lord Jesus Christ in his saints. This was translated to be with his saints, and as George Fox pointed out in Jude 1:14, the same mistake was made. Fox said the original Greek said in his saints. In agreement with Fox, according to the Net Bible, the word with could have been translated as with, in, or among.
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