1 Thessalonians Chapter 1
- 1Th 1:1 Paul, and Silvanus, and Timothy, unto the church of
the Thessalonians which is in God the Father and in the Lord
Jesus Christ: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our
Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
We need all that God gives us. We need the Father of course,
because from Him proceeds all the rest. To be saved from
sin, we need the Son who died for our sins and we also need
the most neglected of all, the Holy Spirit. To neglect this
part of God's gift is to deny ourselves of the power to even
present the gospel that will save men's souls.
What a wonderful thought. To be
thankful for our brothers and sisters in the Lord and
praying for them always that God's will is done in their
lives as well as in our own that the work of God goes forth
unhindered. One sign of a true
believer is the love they have for fellow believers even
when another believer disagrees with them on some point of
doctrine. We don't have to compromise on important doctrines
of the faith but we must be patient and love those who
disagree with our doctrine. We must be careful to avoid
thought is that new believers and those that first come to
the Lord may not even know the basics of the bible and much
love and patience has to be shown them also.
1Th 1:3 Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and
labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus
Christ, in the sight of God and our Father;
We should rejoice in the faithfulness of other believers and
never be envious. We should share in their burdens and never
harden our hearts toward them.
- 1Th 1:4 Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God.
Election means chosen of God. Like God chose Abraham, God
chose Israel to become the means by which He sent His Son
into the world. He chose Paul to preach the gospel to the
Gentiles. When we receive the gospel, we also become part of
God's elect. This never means an exclusive group apart from
everyone else. This means that we are called according to
His purpose to receive and preach the gospel. All who
believe becomes part of this elect group. It is not closed
to anyone. It is only closed to those who refuse to receive
the gospel and refuse to believe the gospel. I would say
that it is closed only to those who have already refused and
are dead physically. As long as any group of people are
still alive upon the face of the earth, they still can
become part of the elect of God.
If this election was only for certain people and we had no
way of knowing for sure who those people where, why even
preach the gospel and we know from the words of Jesus
Himself that we are commanded to take the gospel to the
The elect are simply those that believe in Jesus and have
trusted in Him to save them of their sins. In other words,
they have been "born again" by God's spirit and have been
"baptized into the body of Christ" by the same Holy Spirit.
We are elect or chosen because God chose us but I believe
God has chosen all to become that elect. If any refuse then
naturally they are not part of the elect of God but it is by
their own choice. I realize that God knows ahead of time who
will be saved and who will refuse but the opportunity is for
The original elect of God was of course Israel. They were
the elect of God as a nation to bring forth the savior who
was to save us from sins. The Gentile believers in Jesus,
become part of the elect when they receive Jesus Christ.
Unbelieving Jews are cut off because of unbelief but the
scriptures are clear in the fact that they will again become
the elect of God in latter days.
I don't get from the above scriptures any thought of anyone
being predestined to be lost and have no chance of
- 1Th 1:5 For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but
also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance;
as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your
- 1Th 1:6 And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord,
having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the
The Holy Spirit brings joy. He is the one Jesus sent to us
when He went back to the Father. He is our witness to all
that Jesus taught and said. We need the written word and the
Holy Spirit to confirm the word and help us to teach the
word to a lost and dying world.
- 1Th 1:7 So that ye were examples to all that believe in
Macedonia and Achaia.
- 1Th 1:8 For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not
only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your
faith to God-ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to
speak any thing.
- 1Th 1:9 For they themselves show of us what manner of
entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from
idols to serve the living and true God;
It takes the power of the Holy Spirit to convict of the sin
of idolatry. It takes power to have made these people who
once served idols into people that love the real true God.
True conversion is by the power of the Holy Spirit. If we
try to operate without Him, we are not going to see any
change in anyone's life. They may receive a religion we call
Christianity but they will not have any power to overcome
sin or love their neighbors, much less their enemies and
Jesus said to love our enemies. We can't do this if we do
not have the Holy Spirit. It is more than just a religion. We need to be born again by the Holy Spirit by
repenting of sin and turning to Jesus Christ. After we are
changed by the spirit of God as a result of our faith in
Jesus Christ we then need to be fully baptized in the Holy
Spirit to be able to spread the gospel to others.
1Th 1:10 And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised
from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath
Now our hope is His return. We should desire His return. He
is coming again and this should motivate us to spread the
gospel and occupy ourselves by doing His will until He
returns and He can say to us that we are good and faithful
servants and tell us to enter into the joy of the Lord
There is a lot of good things
in the bible if we would just study and seek understanding.
The bible is exciting to those that desire to know the Lord.
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