Paul Encourages the Thessalonians – 1 Thess 2-3

In chapter 2, Paul expresses his love for the brethren at Thessalonica and tells them that they have been wanting to go there to them, but that Satan has hindered them. He reminds them how they had been careful not to be a burden to them while they had been there before. He also thanks them for their zeal, and how they had accepted the gospel as it was given to them – not as by men, but coming from God.

 

Exterior view of Aghia Sophia in Thessaloniki.

Exterior view of Aghia Sophia in Thessaloniki. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

He continues in chapter three, telling them that the reason he had sent Timothy to them had been for fear of their faith. Just as he and his travelers had been subjected to affliction, he knew they had been as well, and he feared that the testing of their faith may have resulted in some falling away. But Timothy had returned and reported that they had held strong. So he praised and encouraged them further for that strength.

 

/Bob’s boy

 

Bible Reading Schedule for this month
Click links below to read or listen to audio of one of this week’s chapters in Colossians and Luke

 

Romans 15, Romans 16, 1 Thess 1, 1 Thess 2, 1 Thess 3

 

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