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THE EPISTLE OF 1 THESSALONIANS CHAPTER 2:1-13 (2 of 11)
1 For yourselves, brethren, know our entrance in unto
you, that it was not in vain:
Paul’s ministry was not pretentious, fake, phony. It
was not empty, useless and ineffective. His mission,
his coming to them, was not a failure.
2 But even after that we had suffered before, and were
shamefully entreated, as ye know, at Philippi, we were
bold in our God to speak unto you the gospel of God
with much contention.
This church knew full well the sufferings and the
outrageous mistreatment of them in Philippi. There
words were distorted, they were purposely misquoted,
their reputation was damaged and then they were beaten
and flogged, then thrown in prison. They were treated
like common criminals and had their Roman citizenship
violated which would have given them a hearing before
any imprisonment was to be carried out. In spite of
all of that, he still brought the message of the
gospel to Thessalonica, through many struggles and
conflicts. Again, Paul demonstrated to the believers
an example of endurance through sufferings.
Principle # (6) Spiritual leadership is not afraid to
ask for an examination of one’s behavior.
3 For our exhortation [was] not of deceit, nor of
uncleanness, nor in guile:
Paul said that our appeal made to you, our urgency to
bring you the message of the gospel of Christ, was not
out of deceit. We didn’t come to you attempting to
lead you astray, as many wandering charlatans and
hucksters came through your city, pedaling their
religious and philosophical wares for money. Nor was
our coming to you, our presentation of the gospel to
you out of uncleanness, impure motives, lust or of
Principle # (7) Spiritual leadership is completely
4 But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust
with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing
men, but God, which trieth our hearts.
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