The Epistle Of 1 Thessalonians Chapter 2:14-20 (3 of 11) by Harley Howard

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Harley Howard

14 For ye, brethren, became followers of the churches
of God which in Judaea are in Christ Jesus: for ye
also have suffered like things of your own countrymen,
even as they [have] of the Jews:

Their embracing of the truth was so strong that this
new church lived lives that imitated churches that had
already been established. The simple fact is that a
church which has the right attitude towards the word
of God, will be a church that God uses for His glory
and will establish that church to be an example to
others. This is done by God on an individual level as
well as a collective level. They were imitators of
well established, and stable churches in Judea that
are (also) in Christ Jesus. Look at the verse again.
Paul is writing to a Gentile church and reminds them
that their faith is consistent to the faith that was
established in Jerusalem. He also states that they
have received the same persecution that their racial
and social counterparts have received for believing
the same message. This is just another proof that the
true gospel reached into the Gentile world. Not only
did they receive the same Holy Spirit as the Jews,
evidenced by the same supernatural experience that the
Jews had, but these Gentiles received the same
persecution that the Jews had. Now, let’s bring this
issue a little closer to home.

>> No church that is following the examples that are
laid out in scripture, will escape persecution, and
that for the most part, from the same people who
persecuted the churches in Paul’s day—lost religious
people, both at the individual level and the
collective level.

When Paul said that this church suffered like things
of their own countrymen, this included, family,
friends, social and work acquaintances, etc.

>> The fact is many people reveal by their refusal to
suffer that they also do not receive the word fro ...

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