by Jerry Vines

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Jerry Vines
I Thes. 2:17-20

When I started through this second chapter of I
Thessalonians I thought I would just bring a couple of
messages and move on, but as I got into them and
started really studying what he was talking about
here, it became so rich and so helpful for my own
personal life I thought it would be a blessing to you
also. So we have slowed down and are spending some
time on just a few verses of Scripture.

The second chapter is one of the most intimate
and deeply personal of all of the chapters of the
Bible. It's as if the Apostle Paul just opens up his
heart and shares his deepest emotions with these
people in Thessalonica whom he had won to faith in
Jesus Christ. There's always a special relationship
between a person who leads a soul to Christ and that
individual. There's always a special relationship on
your part to someone who has led you to faith in the
Lord Jesus.

In the midst of that closeness and intimacy, the
Apostle Paul is also dealing with some of his enemies
who are trying to attack him and cast dispersions upon
his genuineness and his sincerity. So, you really
find in this second chapter Paul answering some of the
attacks and accusations that had been made against
him. That's why he begins the chapter by talking
about his mission and the fact that God had sent him
to them when he came. Then he gives us a discussion
about his motives. No one knows the motives of a
person but God. We look at people and we see them do
certain things but we really don't know what the
motivation of their hearts are. As the Bible says,
"Man looketh on the outward appearance, but God
looketh on the heart." So, Paul shares the motives of
his life and why he did what he did, and the sincerity
and the purity of those motives. He also talks about
how he conducted himself among them as their pastor
and spiritual ...

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