Joy In Heaven & Earth 1 Thessalonians 2:19-20

Posted: October 21, 2010 in 1 Thessalonians

(1Th 2:19) For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Is it not even you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming?

Verse 19 tells us why Paul so wanted to get back and see them. Paul really sacrificed for the Thessalonians, it wasn’t like he went there and they just all came to the Lord. No Paul had to work for it. What Paul is saying is “You are my hope, my joy and my crown of rejoicing.”  Paul’s not talking about hope as his ultimate Hope, which is in Christ Jesus, but the hope of their salvation, the joy of them coming to the Lord and the crown of rejoicing. Luke say’s this about the joy of a sinner coming to the Lord;

(Luke 15:7) I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.

They were Paul’s reward in Heaven, and they would rejoice together when they got there. Paul knew he would see them again in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming. How cool is that? I know how I would feel if my sharing of the gospel, my praying and loving brought someone to the Lord! I would want to be there for them too! Just like Paul wanted to be there. That’s what it’s all about, it’s about bringing people to the Lord to saving faith in Jesus Christ, it’s about loving people enough to sacrifice your time, your money, your energy and whatever else means anything to you on this earth!

(1Th 2:20) For you are our glory and joy.

Don’t think for a minute that the people you turn to Christ will not be your glory and joy in Heaven!

 

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