The Book of 1 Thessalonians – Part 7
CALVARY BAPTIST CHURCH — SOTB
THE BOOKS OF 1 & 2 THESSALONIANS
AUTUMN TERM 2016 — PART 7
1 Thessalonians 3:1-4
1 Thess 3:1: Wherefore when we could no longer forbear
“An interesting statement reflecting Paul’s pain because of his separation from the believers at the Thessalonian church”
Alternative ways of making this statement:
a) Therefore when we could endure it no longer.
b) Therefore when we could no longer stand it.
c) Therefore when not having any personal communication and fellowship with you became Intolerable.
Note: There were a number of occasions when Paul and others felt the pain of separation from believers they knew and loved.
(Acts 17:15) (1 Thess 2:17) (2 Corinthians 2:13) (Col 2:5) (Rom 1:13)
(Rom 15:23) (1 Thess 3:10-11)
1 Thess 3:1: We thought it good to be left at Athens alone.
“Another interesting statement indicating that Paul was able to discern that thoughts he had were GOOD.
This raises all sorts of intriguing teaching concerning the THOUGHT LIFE”
1) The thoughts of God are above the thoughts of man.
(Isa 55:8-9) (Psalm 92:5) (Psalm 139:17-18)
2) The thoughts of man are often wicked.
(Gen 6:5) (Psalm 94:11) (Matt 9:4)
3) The thoughts of man are known by God.
(Luke 9:47) (Luke 11:17) (Hebrews 4:12) (John 2:24) (John 16:30)
(Psalm 94:11) (Isaiah 66:18) (Psalm 139:23) (Matt 12:25) (Luke 5:22)
4) The thoughts of the Righteous are God Honouring.
(Prov 12:5) (Rom 8:6) (Rom 12:2) (Phil 4:8)
5) The thoughts of the Wicked are Evil and Anti-God.
(Prov 15:26) (Gen 8:21) (Eze 38:10) (Matt 9:4) (Luke 1:51)
(1 Tim 6:5) (Gen 6:5) (Matt 15:19) (Isaiah 59:7)
6) The thoughts of a man need to be guarded by him.
(Prov 4:23) (Luke 6:45) (2 Corinthians 10:3-5) (1 Peter 1:13)
(Col 3:2) (Rom 8:5-7)
1 Thess 3:2: And sent Timotheus:
“The bible teaches much about Timothy
— Some of the key points are as follows”
1) Timothy was genuinely saved — i.e. a Brother in the Lord. (1 Thess 3:2)
(1 Tim 1:2)
2) Timothy was called to be a Minister Of God. (1 Thess 3:2)
3) Timothy was a Fellow labourer in the gospel of Christ. (1 Thess 3:2)
4) Timothy was a Disciple. (Acts 16:1)
5) Timothy was a man who was led to the Lord by Paul. (1 Corinthians 4:17)
6) Timothy was Faithful in the Lord. (1 Corinthians 4:17)
7) Timothy was Working a Genuine Work for The Lord. (1 Cor 16:10)
8) Timothy was a Preacher. (2 Corinthians 1:19)
9) Timothy was a Servant of Christ. (Phil 1:1)
10) Timothy was often found to be in a Spiritual Battle. (1 Tim 1:18)
11) Timothy was Entrusted with the Gospel and Entrusted with Keeping the Gospel.
(1 Tim 6:20)
12) Timothy was to Avoid those things which could bring him or indeed any Christian Down.
(1 Tim 6:20)
13) Timothy was a man who had a Wonderful Spiritual Heritage.
(2 Tim 1:3-5)
14) Timothy was a man who was given a Specific Spiritual Gift by God.
(2 Tim 1:6)
15) Timothy was a man who Had A Great Character. (Phil 2:19-22)
- Timothy was Likeminded with Paul.
- Timothy was a man with a caring heart.
- Timothy was NOT Selfish.
- Timothy worked side by side with Paul in the Gospel.
16) Timothy was charged with the Great Task
of Keeping the Faith and Keeping a Good Conscience. (1 Tim 1:19)
17) Timothy was charged with the Great Task of Preaching the word.
(2 Tim 4:2)
18) Timothy was instructed NOT to be Ashamed of the Testimony of Christ.
(2 Tim 1:8)
19) Timothy was used of God to Establish Believers in the Faith.
(1 Thess 3:2)
20) Timothy was used of God to Comfort Believers Concerning Their Faith.
(1 Thess 3:2)
1 Thess 3:2: To Establish You.
Paul’s great concern was for believers to be grounded and rooted in Christ
— Rather than being immature.
(Acts 16:5) (Deut 28:9) (1 Kings 9:5) (2 Chron 9:8) (Psalm 7:9)
(Psalm 90:17) (Eph 3:17) (Col 2:7)
1Thess 3:2: And to comfort you concerning your faith
It is a blessing to be REASSURED and ENCOURAGED concerning our faith
— But it is even more of a blessing to know that our faith brings us COMFORT.
1) A blessing and COMFORT of Faith is the knowledge of God’s Power.
(Matt 17:20) (Mark 9:23)
2) A blessing and COMFORT of Faith
is the knowledge of God working in sickness.
(James 5:14-15) (Matt 9:22) (Matt 9:29-30) (Acts 3:16)
3) A blessing and COMFORT of Faith
is to look at all the examples in Hebrews 11 of great men and women
of God who through Faith overcame the impossible.
(Heb 11:11-12) (Heb 11:32-34)
4) A Blessing and COMFORT of Faith is God’s Supernatural Protection.
5) A Blessing and COMFORT of Faith
is to know that God will use us in the great task of Soul Winning.
(Acts 11:24) (Acts 6:5-10)
6) A Blessing and Comfort of Faith is to know
that Faith is a vital ingredient in spiritual warfare against Satan.
7) A Blessing and COMFORT of Faith is to know
that the Faith of the believer Overcomes the World. (1 John 5:4-5)
1 Thess 3:3: That no man should be moved by these afflictions.
The following is a summary of what is being said here remembering that this church like so many early NT churches were being afflicted in many ways but primarily through persecution.
1) That no man should be DISTURBED by these afflictions.
2) That no man should be SHAKEN by these persecutions.
3) That no man should be DISTURBED or BEGUILED or LED ASTRAY by these difficulties.
4) That no man should be UNSETTLED by these afflictions.
5) That no man might be STAGGERED by these afflictions.
6) That no man should be DRAWN ASIDE by these afflictions.
7) That no man should be DISCOURAGED by these afflictions.
1 Thess 3:3: For yourselves know that we are appointed thereunto
This phrase is of interest as it teaches that the afflictions in this verse (Primarily Persecution) are inevitable and unavoidable for a genuine believer.
In fact affliction and persecution for Christ comes with the package of being saved, and without persecution there is a strong likelihood that a person is NOT saved.
Other ways of stating this fact are as follows:
a) Genuine believers are APPOINTED to receive Persecution.
b) Genuine believers are DESTINED to receive Persecution.
c) Genuine believers are SET to receive Persecution.
d) Genuine believers are to recognize that Persecution
e) Genuine believers are to recognize that Persecution
is PART OF GOD’S PLAN for them.
f) Genuine believers are to recognize that Persecution
is to be EXPECTED because of their Faith in Christ.
(2 Tim 4:5) (1 Thess 1:6) (2 Tim 3:11) (Psalm 34:19) (2 Thess 1:4-7)
(John 16:33) (Acts 14:22) (Phil 1:29) (1 Peter 4:13-14) (Acts 9:16)
(2 Tim 1:8) (Matt 24:9) (Acts 20:23) (1 Peter 1:6) (1 Peter 5:10)
(2 Corinthians 6:4) (2 Corinthians 4:8) (2 Tim 3:12)
1 Thess 3:4: We told you before that we should suffer tribulation.
God knows beforehand that we will be afflicted for our faith
— Note in the following verses he is indicating to believers
that affliction and persecution will CERTAINLY come the believers way
— However as He forewarns us He also reminds us
of His working with us through these difficult times.
1) God Forewarns of Affliction
— But Promises He will be WITH the believer. (Isaiah 43:2)
2) God Forewarns of Affliction
— But Promises that Affliction WILL NOT CRUSH the believer.
3) God Forewarns of Affliction
— But Promises that in the time of Affliction
he will PROVIDE A HIDING PLACE. (Psalm 27:5-6)
4) God Forewarns of Affliction — But Promises to be
A STRENGTH — A REFUGE — AND A SHADOW
at these times. (Isaiah 25:4)
See Also: (Jer 16:19) (Nahum 1:7) (Isaiah 49:13) (2 Corinthians 1:4-5)
(Rev 3:10) (1 Peter 2:21-23) (Psalm 71:20) (Psalm 116:7-9) (Hosea 6:1)
Affliction is Temporary:
(Psalm 30:5) (Psalm 103:9) (John 16:20) (1 Peter 1:6) (1 Peter 5:10)