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Energy of God for Salvation
Paul’s letters to the Thessalonians bear witness to the fantastic actuality that the gospel is “the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes” (see Rom. 1:16). In 1 Thessalonians, Paul can not cease rejoicing that the gospel got here to the Thessalonians in phrase, in energy, and with full conviction by the Holy Spirit (1 Thess. 1:5). Paul and his companions labored diligently among the many Thessalonians (Acts 17), and by God’s grace they may glorify God as they witnessed the steadfast faithfulness of the physique of Christ in Thessalonica. The Thessalonians have been a congregation who genuinely cherished each other as they adopted the instance of Christ and his apostles, they usually lived every day in gentle of the promised return of Jesus Christ.
Because the Thessalonian believers waited, Paul urged them to be steadfast of their religion in Christ, to proceed to develop in love for each other, and to stay sexually pure in accordance with God’s holy calling. Such residing, Paul defined, should be grounded within the each day heart-application of the gospel itself. On this method the Thessalonians would proceed to manifest their real religion within the resurrected and returning Jesus Christ—residing gratefully, prayerfully, and expectantly. The gospel promise is that we who’re saved by God’s grace alone via religion alone within the sinless life, sacrificial loss of life, and victorious resurrection of Jesus Christ can eagerly look ahead to his return that can come “like a thief in the night” to rescue us and unite us along with his family members from all of the world and from all ages (1 Thess. 4:13–5:11)
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