Entrusted with the Gospel 1 Thessalonians 2:3-4

Posted: October 6, 2010 in 1 Thessalonians

1 Thessalonians 2:3 For our exhortation was not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile:

Paul Faithfully preached Christ to the Thessalonians. He didn’t try to hide anything from them or deceive them in anyway. Paul’s motive were pure, and to the point see

Ac 17:3 Opening and alleging, that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen again from the dead; and that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you, is Christ.

Paul wasn’t trying to lead them into a life of impurity, he was leading them to a pure life in Christ! And he didn’t do it with trickery or guile (deceit) he did it by sticking to what mattered most, Jesus Christ suffering and dieing on the cross and being raised from the dead.

I think it is so easy for us to try and add to the gospel what isn’t there. We tend to make people work for it, like, if your not doing this or that, your not doing it right, you fill in the blank. We tend to completely leave Gods grace and mercy out of it.  Some might even be a bit deceitful, or mix other religions in with the gospel, when all we really need to do is what Paul and Silas did in Thessalonica, Preach Jesus suffering for our sins, for our impurities, His death on the cross, His rising again, and our repentance! That’s it, God will do the rest. If God wants to use you to do more He will. We just need to faithfully lay out the truth.

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.

But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel,….The word allowed here is from the Hebrew word δοκιμαζω dokimazo dok-im-ad’-zo

from 1384; to test (literally or figuratively); by implication, to approve:–allow, discern, examine, X like, (ap-)prove, try.

See Greek 1384

So as you can see a better translation of this word is in the NKJ version that reads….

But we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel,….Look back to Acts 9:15-16

But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel: For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake.

Paul was approved and entrusted with the gospel directly by Jesus Christ himself. As well we are entrusted with the gospel message. This makes what Paul said in the previous verse even more important. God entrusted us with this message, that would include keeping the message the message right? It’s amazing to me how over time a message can get distorted, turned around, things taken out, things put in. You know what I mean, lets say I’m standing on a corner and a truck go’s flying by and at the same time a cat runs out and get’s run over by the truck. I get home and tell Samantha that exact story, and Samantha go’s and tells it to Brittany. Hey Britt, dad was standing on the corner and a dog was chasing a cat and the cat ran out and was run over! And now Brittany knowing how much her dad loves cats tells Jeremiah the story. Hey Jeremiah, dad was standing on the corner waiting for a truck to go by and when it did a cat and dog ran out and dad saved the dog but let the cat get hit! Then Jeremiah tells mom the story, mom, dad killed a cat today!

Now this is the amazing part to me. Gods message has never changed! It was written in the bible and translated over a span of around 6,000 years and it is the same now as it was then. What’s even more amazing is that God chose us to carry the message! We need to keep this in mind when we’re sharing the gospel message. A message is meant to be given, sent, and received and it’s so important that that message be the same message when it gets to the intended recipient, me and you. Not distorted and out of context like the story about the cat, but rather like the message of the cross, Jesus suffering, Jesus on the cross, Jesus in the tomb, Jesus raised from the dead, and Jesus saviour and payment for all our sins.

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