by John Barnett

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Series: Book You Can Trust
John Barnett
I Thessalonians 2:13

If you'd open in your Bibles with me please, we're going to 1 Thessalonians 2:13 again, as we continue through this magnificent epistle penned by the apostle Paul for the glory of Christ.

Last Sunday morning we were having our morning worship service outside the great amphitheater in Ephesus sitting actually in the entry on the stones of the foundation of that huge, huge theater. And as we sat there, we read Christ's letter to the Ephesians in Revelation chapter two. What a rich time. And then we walked down that main street and looked at just a tiny slice of the ruins. Ephesus of course was the largest of all the cities of the ancient Roman Empire. It's the largest of all the ruins of any biblical city, and they've only done a slice of it, it's so massive, so many square miles. But as we sat there, I thought how the apostle Paul would come to a city and he would just stand in the marketplace and he would be a total nobody that no one knew. He'd be an unknown commodity. And he'd walk in and he would start at the top of his voice proclaiming something they'd never heard before, and those people would listen to that and their lives would be utterly transformed.

Have you ever thought of it in that sense? I mean, next time you go to the mall and some wacko is out there, you know, promoting something or somebody is standing on the street corner screaming and raving, that's what Paul looked like. And yet what he was speaking was the very word of God.

Look at verse 13 of chapter two and I want to show you what I mean. "For this reason," 1 Thessalonians 2:13, "we also thank God ceaselessly because when you received the word of God which you heard from us," when he was speaking he was giving God's word, "you welcomed it not as the word of men but as it is in truth, the word of God."

Now I want you to do something with me. We'll be a little unusu ...

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