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THE EPISTLE OF 1 THESSALONIANS CHAPTER 3 (4 of 11)
1 Wherefore when we could no longer forbear, we
thought it good to be left at Athens alone;
2 And sent Timotheus, our brother, and minister of
God, and our fellowlabourer in the gospel of Christ,
to establish you, and to comfort you concerning your
Paul could not hold out any longer. He wanted to know
the condition of this church. He knew that the same
persecution that he experienced that ran him out of
town would be relentless against those who lived there
and he could not rest until he knew the condition of
the church and at considerable risk as well. To send
Timothy did not mean that they heat was off Timothy
since he was Paul’s representative. So Paul sent
Timothy, who he described as:
1. A brother. A believer.
2. A minister of God. A slave or servant of God.
3. Fellowlaborer. A companion in work, a fellow worker
in the spread of the gospel of Christ.
Timothy was qualified to minister, not because he had
the degrees and the paperwork and all of the approval
of men of higher learning, but because he was had all
of the right spiritual qualities that made him fit to
minister. Paul specifically sent him on this most
important mission to:
1. To strengthen. To make firm.
2. Comfort. To encourage and/or to teach and instruct
them concerning their faith.
Because Timothy had all of the right spiritual
qualities, he could do all of the spiritual work that
Paul requested. It takes SPIRITUAL QUIALIFICATIONS to
do God’s work. There is much made in our age
concerning education and as important as it is to the
growth of the church IT MUST NEVER TAKE THE PLACE OF
SPIRITUAL QUIALIFICATIONS WITHIN GOD’S CHURCH. It
takes spiritual qualifications to do God’s work.
3 That no man should be moved by these afflictions:
for yourselves know that we are appointed
4 For verily, when we were with you, we told you
before th ...
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