First Thessalonians 2 explains Paul’s ministry to the Thessalonians and its results. Paul was called by God to preach the gospel. So how did the Church at Thessalonica respond to Paul’s preaching?
The response of the Church (13-14)
a. They rightfully accepted Paul’s words as God’s Word (13a)
b. They allowed the Word of God to work effectually in them (13b)
13 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.
c. They followed the Godly example of the Jerusalem Church (14a)
14 For ye, brethren, became followers of the churches of God which in Judea are in Christ Jesus:
The Thessalonians responded positively to Paul’s preaching. The writer of Hebrews tells us, “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12) The Thessalonians were convicted by the preaching and turned their lives over to Jesus.
Paul writes to Timothy about the Word of God. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
The Thessalonians took the teachings of Paul and Timothy and applied them to their lives. They grew in their knowledge and obedience to God.
Has this been our experience? Have we allowed God’s word to transform our lives? Have we grown closer to Jesus over the years? Let us allow God to speak to us on this issue.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001