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REFUSING TO LEAVE THE WORLD THE WAY WE FOUND IT (2 of 3)
1 Thess. 2:5
June 22, 2003
I. THE FOUNDATION OF THE PAST.
Now, we move to:
II. THE FAITHFULNESS IN THE PRESENT.
In vv.2-10 the Scripture pictures a faithful church.
Here is a good way to describe them, "What church
people are meant to look like." The Thessalonians
received the message of grace as a call to action and
loving service to others. Chapter 1 is spent
applauding them for their Christ-honoring service.
The church that Paul addresses is mentioned in
LOCATION and POSITION. v.1
1 Thessalonians 1:1, "Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, to
the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and
the Lord Jesus Christ: grace to you and peace from God
our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ."
The descriptive phrase "in God the Father and the Lord
Jesus Christ," the author made more precise identity
of this group and emphasized its spiritual nature. He
wanted the believers to realize that the local church
has a spiritual location just as real and even more
important than Thessalonica.
"grace and peace" are gifts bestowed from the throne
room of heaven. GRACE is the unmerited favor of God
upon which we are so dependent.
PEACE is a judicial statement related to our daily
fellowship with God as well as our eternal standing.
The conflict created through sin has been resolved
through Jesus Christ, restoring the broken
relationship between humankind and God, thereby
granting peace and harmony. Peace is a condition of
completeness, a work totally finished through Christ,
yet progressively realized.
Romans 5:1, "Therefore, having been justified by
faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus
I have "peace with God" because of the GOD OF PEACE
which generates within me the PEACE OF GOD.
This passage leads me to believe that the people who
receive God's call of grace are changed and
strengthened by ...
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