Longing to See Them 1 Thessalonians 2:17-18

Posted: October 20, 2010 in 1 Thessalonians

(1Th 2:17) But we, brethren, having been taken away from you for a short time in presence, not in heart, endeavored more eagerly to see your face with great desire.

Paul uses a the word taken the word is ap-or-fan-id’-zo and it means to bereave wholly. This is like a child being ripped away from their parents and that’s the kind of grief Paul felt when he was ripped away from his brothers and sisters in Christ.

Remember back in Acts 17 when they assaulted Jason’s house? This is what happened after that;

(Act 17:10) Then the brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea. When they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews.

So this kind of puts into perspective how Paul was feeling when he says he was taken from them.

But Paul says he was taken from you for a short time in presence, not in heart, endeavored more eagerly to see your face with great desire. As a side note, I believe that when they sent Paul to Berea, Paul was expecting it to be for a short time, just until things cooled down. But that’s not what happened. Paul never got to be with them face to face again.

(1Th 2:18) Therefore we wanted to come to you—even I, Paul, time and again—but Satan hindered us.

Paul wanted to come back and see them face to face. He sent Timothy to them, but he wanted to go himself but was hindered at every turn by Satan. You can be sure that if your desire is to do Christ’s work that Satan will be knocking on your door. But always remember that Satan has no power over you. He can deter you but he can’t stop you.

(1Jn 4:4) You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.



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