How to Please God. 1 Thessalonians 2:15

Posted: October 17, 2010 in 1 Thessalonians

1 Thessalonians 2:15 Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they please not God, and are contrary to all men:

Paul continues here from v.14 speaking of the Jews. He’s saying look, they killed the Lord Jesus, their own prophets and have persecuted us! What Paul means is this; It’s nothing new, the unbelieving Jews are well known for their willingness to persecute and kill! They even chased us around to persecute us! Look at when Paul was in Iconium Acts 14:5-6 And when there was an assault made both of the Gentiles, and also of the Jews with their rulers, to use them despitefully, and to stone them, They were ware of it, and fled unto Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, and unto the region that lieth round about: Do you think it was enough for the Jews that they ran Paul out of town? Not even close, look at Acts 14:19 And there came thither certain Jews from Antioch and Iconium, who persuaded the people, and, having stoned Paul, drew him out of the city, supposing he had been dead. Like I said not even close. They tracked him down and stoned him! Paul didn’t just know this first hand because he had it happen to him. He knew it first hand because he did it himself before he was saved by the grace of God. Look at Acts 9:1-2 And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest, And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem. So again Paul is saying here; guys get used to it, it’s what they do.

But here’s the thing and they please not God, The Jews believed they were doing Gods work. Jesus tells the disciples in John 16:2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. The Jews just didn’t get it! They never got that Jesus didn’t come to take away the law He came to fulfill it. Paul wanted to make it clear that they were not pleasing God.

and are contrary to all men: Not sure why they didn’t translate the word contrary as against, because that’s what Paul seems to be saying here.

If you want to make sure your pleasing God, it’s real simple, are you ready here’s the answer….

John 13:34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. Sure there’s more to being a Christian then that, but it’s what it takes to be one.

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