1 Thessalonians 2
1 For you yourselves know, brethren, that our coming to you was not in vain.
2 But even after we had suffered before and were spitefully treated at Philippi, as you know, we were bold in our God to speak to you the gospel of God in much conflict.
3 For our exhortation did not come from error or uncleanness, nor was it in deceit.
4 But as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, even so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who tests our hearts.
As Paul left Philippi, where he was not well received the first time, (Philippi, as you recall, was where Paul and Silas were beaten and thrown in jail where they prayed and sang and enjoyed a life-changing earthquake after which they were requested to leave the city he and his companions went next to Thessalonica where they could have been a bit reticent to start this all over again.
But they did start all over again and boldly proclaimed the gospel to the men and women of this pagan city. One thing Paul did know was that the word of God would not return void and that no service of the Lord was in vain. And as sure as the promises were given, so Paul and his team saw fruit from the gospel in Thessalonica.
We notice here that Paul’s message was consistent because it was from God. Since Paul was ever committed to the call and the authority of God in his life we see him following the Gospel from God again and again. Paul was entrusted with the gospel. This is a passive voice meaning that Paul did not do something to get this gospel but was given it by God and also given the ability to proclaim it from God. Therefore, as Paul proclaimed the gospel of God he did so to please God from the heart.
We also have received the gospel of God from God. We have God’s authority on our salvation. Christ paid the price for our sin so that we could be eternally saved, made holy before God. This gift of the gospel was given to us. We then are to take this gift and to make it known to others. They, in turn, will know that it is not our message that we speak of but God’s message and they will have to respond to God. Give the message of God; it won’t come back in vain.
Sunday morning we heard the testimony of salvation from several of our church family. It was a great encouragement to hear how God intersected their lives with His grace and how that He brought the salvation that changed their lives and that saved their souls. Thanks to all of you who got up, out of your comfort zone, to give testimony of the grace of God in you. This has begun some very good conversations including one with Stefani last night. She realized that God takes people where they are and saves them. This reality spoke to hear young heart. Continue to pray for the salvation of those who come regularly but don’t possess the Savior that they will come to His saving grace soon.
Have a great day in the Lord,