We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thessalonians 3:2–3 2 and we e sent Timothy, f our brother and God’s coworker 1 in the gospel of Christ, to establish and exhort you in your faith, 3 that no one be moved by these afflictions. It is much when a man can say that he has never endeavored to accomplish anything by mere trick, craft, or cunning. To the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:. Our exhortation did not proceed from any false teaching which we had ourselves received. of—springing from—having its source in—deceit, &c. not of deceit; or "error", was not "fallacious", as the Ethiopic version renders it; it consisted of nothing but truth, it was the word of truth, and the truth as it is in Jesus; nor did it proceed from any intention to deceive and impose on persons; it was no imposture: nor of uncleanness; it did not spring from any impure affection for any sin, for popular applause, or worldly interest; nor did the ministers of it connive at uncleanness in others, or practise it themselves, as did the false teachers; but bore their testimony against it, both by word and example, and taught no doctrine that encouraged to it; but, on the contrary, the doctrine which is according to godliness, and which teaches men to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts: nor in guile; as there was no deceitful design in the ministry of the word, nor anything impure and immoral in the matter of it; so there was no artifice used in the dispensing of it; it was plain and simple, without any colour and guile, without the hidden things of dishonesty, without craftiness and handling the word deceitfully; and this is a reason why the apostles preached it with so much freedom and boldness, because there was nothing false, impure, or artful in it. 1:9; 1 Thess. . The Thessalonians’ Faith and Example 2 d We give thanks to God always for all of you , constantly 1 e mentioning you in our prayers , 3 remembering before f our God and Father g your work of faith and labor of h love and i steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ . In guile.—The preposition is changed;” nor yet by the use of tricks;” Not only were their motives sincere and pure, but their manner of dealing straightforward. I happen to believe that the best inference o… Just as those in Judea received from the Jews (14b) 1) Who killed the Lord Jesus and their own prophets (15a) 2) Who persecuted the apostles, forbidding them to speak to the Gentiles (15b-16a) 3) Who are piling up their sins, and upon whom wrath has come (17) B. The Christian is to be established.—Consider what this means:— (a) Progress. a. And some combine it with the Second Coming. Paul means that his exhortation did not proceed from greed for gain or lust for power. 1 a Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy,. Acts 17:14. b. Of uncleanness.—It is possible that the word only means “with impure (or covetous) motives;” but it probably refers to the subtle forms of temptation which often accompany spiritual work. Commentators divide as to if the uncleanness Paul defended himself against in 1 Thessalonians 2:3 was uncleanness of spirit or uncleanness of the flesh. Ἀκαθαρσία in Matthew 23:27 of the corruption of the sepulchre. of sensual impurity. 1 Thessalonians 2:3 "For our exhortation [was] not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile:" Paul used 3 distinctly different words to affirm the truthfulness of his ministry, each expressing a contrast with what was characteristic of false teachers. Sagacity and shrewdness are always allowable in ministers as well as others; trick and cunning never. “Exhortation” hardly conveys his fall meaning,— our appeal is perhaps better; it is the practical “appeal,” or “address,” which “the gospel of God,” as the missionaries of Christ preach it everywhere, makes to its hearers. 12 May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other(W) and for everyone else, just as ours does for you. “Our efforts to get men to act as we wish,” St. Paul says, “do not spring from a desire to dupe them,” etc. 1 Thessalonians 3:1-13 The First to the Thessalonians 3 So when we could bear it no longer, we thought it best to stay on alone in Athens; + 2 and we sent Timothy, + our brother and God’s minister * in the good news about the Christ, to make you firm * and comfort you regarding your faith, 3 so that no one might be shaken * by these tribulations. Elsewhere in N.T. Better, of error. Copyright © 2019 by Zondervan. Acts 16:1–2; 1 Cor 3:5–9. That’s why there is so much disagreement over when it will occur. This fact should be borne in mind when we consider the contents of any of them. The Antichrist is to have a coming (2Thessalonians 2:9) and a manifestation (2Thessalonians 2:3), so as to be instantly recognised, and will display himself by significant acts (2Thessalonians 2:4), which all require a person. (F) For you know quite well that we are destined for them. 4 For we know , j brothers 2 loved by God , k that he has chosen you , 5 because l our gospel came to you not only in word , but also in power … (G) 4 In fact, when we were with you, we kept telling you that we would be persecuted. We were guided by "the spirit of truth"; See 1 John 4:6, and comp. 3 So when we could stand it no longer, we thought it best to be left by ourselves in Athens. The apostle means to say, that the Thessalonians knew that his manner of preaching was not such as was adopted by the advocates of error. «1 Thessalonians 2 Thessalonians 1 Timothy» 1 2 3 » All the Books in the Bible « A Call to Prayer In the beginning of c. Acts 14:22; 2 Thes 2:5–7; 2 Tm 3… For our exhortation was not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile: by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple. 1 Thessalonians 3:2. 13 May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless(X) and holy in the presence of our God and Father(Y) when our Lord Jesus comes(Z) with all his holy ones.(AA). 61-62, citing Ernest Best, A Commentary on the First and Second Epistles to the Thessalonians (Black's New Testament Commentary; A. Others place it near the end. 1 Thessalonians 2 is the second chapter of the First Epistle to the Thessalonians in the New Testament of the Christian Bible. 1 Thessalonians 3:2 2 and we e sent Timothy, f our brother and God’s coworker 1 in the gospel of Christ, to establish and exhort you in your faith, Read more Share Copy Yet stratagem often takes the place of sagacity, and trick is often miscalled shrewdness. Guile, craft, cunning. It comforts them that mourn (compare 1Th 2:11; Isa 61:2, 3; 2Co 1:3, 4). It is a question whether “of deceit” is the right rendering, or “of error,” “all a mistake.” If the latter, the argument would be that of Paley’s Evidences, i.e., to deduce the truth of the revelation from the sufferings of its prophets. Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. (S) 10 Night and day we pray(T) most earnestly that we may see you again(U) and supply what is lacking in your faith. 2 Thessalonians Greeting. 1 Thessalonians 2 - NIV: You know, brothers and sisters, that our visit to you was not without results. And it turned out that way, as you well know. —1 Thessalonians 3:12-13. We learn from the Book of Acts that during Paul's stay in the city of Thessalonica, he preached in a … 2 Peter 1:16. Read: 1 Thessalonians 3:6-4:2 . Paul opens his letter with a customary salutation (1:1), written to the Thessalonian believers. (3) To teach pure doctrine faithfully and with a pure heart. (b) Fixity. All the Epistles are addressed to Christian people. He warns against this deception in eschatology by citing a scenario of events that must first occur (2 Thes 2:3–12) before the end will come. (6-10) And for their increase in grace. After students respond, consider asking a student to read aloud the student manual commentary for 1 Thessalonians 3:10, 12; 4:1–10. 2 Thessalonians 1:3 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] 2 Thessalonians 1:3, NIV: "We ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love all of you have for one another is increasing." In it, Paul speaks about the return of Jesus Christ and the arrival of the antichrist. Introduction. * [2:1–17] The Thessalonians have been shaken by a message purporting to come from Paul himself that the day of the Lord is already present. Perhaps this is accounted for not only by the continuing harassment but also by the shortness of his own stay in Thessalonica (even if that were over twice as long as the conventional three weeks that Luke assigns to it, Acts 17:2). May the Lord . This chapter contains the review of Paul's previous ministry in Thessalonica. The progress is not that of a flowing river, but that of a building in course of erection. (J) I was afraid that in some way the tempter(K) had tempted you and that our labors might have been in vain.(L). Tools 1Th 2:3 imply deception, and can never be reconciled with that entire honesty which a minister of the gospel, and all other Christians, ought to possess; see notes on 2 Corinthians 12:16; compare Psalm 32:2; Psalm 34:13; John 1:47; 1 Peter 2:1, 1 Peter 2:22; Revelation 14:5. exhortation—The Greek means "consolation" as well as "exhortation." 1 Thessalonians 1:2-3 - NIV: We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers. (11-13) Commentary on 1 Thessalonians 3:1-5 (Read 1 Thessalonians 3:1-5) The more we find pleasure in the ways of God, the more we shall desire to persevere therein. Here in the sense of impurity on the side of sordidness. 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