1 Thessalonians
Chapter 2

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1 For yourselves, brethren, know our entrance in unto you, that it was not in vain:

2 But even after that we had suffered before, and were shamefully entreated, as ye know, at Philippi, we were bold in our God to speak unto you the gospel of God with much contention.

3 For our exhortation was not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile:

4 But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts.

5 For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloke of covetousness; God is witness:

6 Nor of men sought we glory, neither of you, nor yet of others, when we might have been burdensome, as the apostles of Christ.

7 But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children:

8 So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were dear unto us.

9 For ye remember, brethren, our labour and travail: for labouring night and day, because we would not be chargeable unto any of you, we preached unto you the gospel of God.

10 Ye are witnesses, and God also, how holily and justly and unblameably we behaved ourselves among you that believe:

11 As ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father doth his children,

12 That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.

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.

14 For ye, brethren, became followers of the churches of God which in Judaea are in Christ Jesus: for ye also have suffered like things of your own countrymen, even as they have of the Jews:

15 Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they please not God, and are contrary to all men:

16 Forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved, to fill up their sins alway: for the wrath is come upon them to the uttermost.

17 But we, brethren, being taken from you for a short time in presence, not in heart, endeavoured the more abundantly to see your face with great desire.

18 Wherefore we would have come unto you, even I Paul, once and again; but Satan hindered us.

19 For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?

20 For ye are our glory and joy.

Commentary for 1 Thessalonians 2

The apostle reminds the Thessalonians of his preaching and behaviour. (1-12) And of their receiving the gospel as the word of God. (13-16) His joy on their account. (17-20)1-6 The apostle had no wordly design in his preaching. Suffering in a good cause should sharpen holy resolution. The gospel of Christ at first met with much opposition; and it was preached with contention, with striving in preaching, and against opposition. And as the matter of the apostle's exhortation was true and pure, the manner of his speaking was without guile. The gospel of Christ is designed for mortifying corrupt affections, and that men may be brought under the power of faith. This is the great motive to sincerity, to consider that God not only sees all we do, but knows our thoughts afar off, and searches the heart. And it is from this God who trieth our hearts, that we must receive our reward. The evidences of the apostle's sincerity were, that he avoided flattery and covetousness. He avoided ambition and vain-glory.

7-12 Mildness and tenderness greatly recommend religion, and are most conformable to God's gracious dealing with sinners, in and by the gospel. This is the way to win people. We should not only be faithful to our calling as Christians, but in our particular callings and relations. Our great gospel privilege is, that God has called us to his kingdom and glory. The great gospel duty is, that we walk worthy of God. We should live as becomes those called with such a high and holy calling. Our great business is to honour, serve, and please God, and to seek to be worthy of him.

13-16 We should receive the word of God with affections suitable to its holiness, wisdom, truth, and goodness. The words of men are frail and perishing, like themselves, and sometimes false, foolish, and fickle; but God's word is holy, wise, just, and faithful. Let us receive and regard it accordingly. The word wrought in them, to make them examples to others in faith and good works, and in patience under sufferings, and in trials for the sake of the gospel. Murder and persecution are hateful to God, and no zeal for any thing in religion can excuse it. Nothing tends more to any person or people's filling up the measure of their sins, than opposing the gospel, and hindering the salvation of souls. The pure gospel of Christ is abhorred by many, and the faithful preaching of it is hindered in many ways. But those who forbid the preaching it to sinners, to men dead in sin, do not by this please God. Those have cruel hearts, and are enemies to the glory of God, and to the salvation of his people, who deny them the Bible.

17-20 This world is not a place where we are to be always, or long together. In heaven holy souls shall meet, and never part more. And though the apostle could not come to them yet, and thought he might never be able to come, yet our Lord Jesus Christ will come; nothing shall hinder that. May God give faithful ministers to all who serve him with their spirit in the gospel of his Son, and send them to all who are in darkness

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for 1 Thessalonians 2

  • Steve morrow
    1 THESSALONIANS 2:5 for neither at any time used we flattering words as you know nor a cloke of covetousness GOD is witness JOB 32:22 for I know not to give flattering titles in so doing my maker would soon take me away PROVERBS 15:7 the lips of the wise disperse knowledge but the heart of the foolish doeth not so
  • Steve morrow
    1 THESSALONIANS 2:4 but as we were allowed of GOD to be put in trust with the gospel even so we speak not as pleasing men but GOD --- which trieth our hearts ACTS 3:18 BUT THOSE THINGS WHICH GOD BEFORE HAD SHOWED BY THE MOUTH OF ALL HIS PROPHETS THAT CHRIST SHOULD SUFFER HE HATH SO FULFILLED HEBREWS 5:8 though he were a son yet learned HE obedience by the things which HE suffered
  • Steve morrow
    1 THESSALONIANS 2:13 for this cause also thank we GOD without ceasing because when you received the word of GOD which you heard of us you received it not as the word of man but as it is in truth the word of GOD --- WHICH EFFECTUALLY WORKETH ALSO IN YOU THAT BELIEVE ACTS 27:25 wherefore sirs be of good cheer for I believe GOD that it shall be even as it was told me --- ARE YOU A BELIEVER ---
  • Akeem
    Paul rejoiced to see these believers embrace their calling as children of the Living God. They actually turned from the idols of their day. May we as believers today be clear in our gospel witness that true Bible conversion only manifest itself through a turning from the things of this world. We will never be "perfect" but being Born Again there should be a great change in heart and walk.
  • BSP
    Verse 2~Paul received the courage he needed by relying on Jehovah God's holy spirit.
  • BSP
    Verses 9,10~The ones we teach are our glory and joy. Seeing ones make changes in harmony with the Bible brings us true joy.
  • Onesmos
    I learned about thessalonias church they are strong with faith;love;hope and received holy spirit word of God rings out from them to other because of these they are model to us...
  • A disciple
    "Ye are witnesses, and God also, how holily and justly and unblameably we behaved ourselves among you that believe:" We are workers together with God, and the Holy Spirit uses the lives of the Saints to demonstrate the power of the Glad Tidings of Christ, and to testify to the consciences of all who behold them. Sadly though, many never will find that completion of Grace and Knowledge in Christ.
  • Eutychus
    Just scripture, "For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know. Let me not, I pray you, accept any man's person. For I know not to give flattering titles; in so doing my maker would soon take me away." Job 32:21-22. "Be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren. And call no man your father upon the earth, for one is your Father" Matt 23:8-10
  • Steve morrow
    1 THESSALONIANS 2:2 but even after that we had suffered before and were shamefully entreated as you know at philippi we were bold in our GOD to speak unto you the gospel of GOD with much contention ACTS 5:20 go stand and speak in the temple to the people --- ALL THE WORDS OF THIS LIFE --- 5:29 --- THEN PETER AND THE OTHER APOSTLES ANSWERED AND SAID WE OUGHT TO OBEY GOD RATHER THAN MEN

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Bible Trivia

Which city did Paul leave before arriving in Thessalonica?
  • Macedonia
  • Achaia
  • Philippi
  • Corinth