God as my witness: 1 Thessalonians 2:5

Posted: October 8, 2010 in 1 Thessalonians

1 Thessalonians 2:5 For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloke of covetousness; God is witness:

For neither at any time used we flattering words,…. Who in the bible uses flattering words to entice you?  Here’s a reminder;

Matthew 4:8-9 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.

Flattering words are used when you cant get what you want by being straight with them, or being honest. Just like what Satin did to Jesus in the wilderness. Do you think Satin would have a chance with us if he told us his real intentions?

“Hey Sam, If you follow me I’ll make you a slave for all enturnity! I’ll make it so miserable on you that everyday you would wish you never chose me.” How many souls do you think would be stolen if Satin was honest? Wow that hurts to even type those words!

Albert Barns Commentary says this about flattery;

The meaning is, that the apostle did not deal in the language of adulation; he did not praise them for their beauty, wealth, talent, or accomplishments, and conceal from them the painful truths about their guilt and danger, He stated simple truth–not refusing to commend men if truth would admit of it, and never hesitating to declare his honest convictions about their guilt and danger. One of the principal arts of the deceiver on all subjects is flattery; and Paul says, that when preaching to the Thessalonians he had carefully avoided it. He now appeals to that fact as a proof of his own integrity. They knew that he had been faithful to their souls.

When we go out and share the gospel message with people we don’t need to use flattery, we need to use truth! I wonder if this is where the saying ” Flattery will get you know where” comes from, because now that I think about it it couldn’t be more true.

as ye know… Here Paul is saying “and you know this is true, look 1/2 of you want me dead, you know I’m not trying to flatter you.”

Nor a cloke of covetousness; God is witness: Paul wasn’t trying to get something out of this for himself or to gain or profit in any way. Again he wasn’t using deceit or a cover to win the people over so he could profit or even rule over the people. And Paul say’s something here that you don’t see a lot of.God is witness Paul is saying “you know what? Just ask God!” Paul could do this because he was right with the Lord, his intentions were the same as Gods, that was to bring the Thessalonians to saving faith. Paul had no other intentions, he was pure in heart.

If you need an example of someone that didn’t have such pure intentions check out..

Acts 8:18-20 And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money, Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost. But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.

Do you think Simon could have said “God as my witness I only want to use this for your glory God.”

My question here is..Can We say “God as my witness” and not be struck to the soul? When we want to be part of a ministry at our church can we say we only want to do it for your glory God? And then say “God as my witness” I’m not sure we can, but it is something we should all strive to do.

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