Rejoice for the Saved! 1Thessalonians 3:7-10

Posted: October 25, 2010 in 1 Thessalonians
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(1Th 3:7)

therefore, brethren, in all our affliction and distress we were comforted concerning you by your faith. (1Th 3:8)

For now we live, if you stand fast in the Lord.

At this point I think it’s safe to say that Paul had a lot going on. No matter what Paul was doing or no matter where he was, you can be sure he was preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ, and that didn’t always go over so well. Since Paul left Thessalonica after being ran out of there in the middle of the night, he has been tracked down by the Jews of Thessalonica, (the Jews that didn’t agree with him Ac 17:13-14) he was dragged into the Areopagus to speak to the council Ac 17:18-19, and he had been kicked out of the Jewish synagogue in Corinth Ac 18:6. I believe that when Paul says, all our affliction and distress, he really means just that! I’m sure that hearing about their strong faith was a great comfort to them, even more so with everything that had been going on at the time. I mean look, Paul even tells us how much it was bothering him not knowing how they were doing; For now we live, if you stand fast in the Lord. Paul is saying now we can get on with the business of preaching the gospel; you guys are doing good and your faith is strong, now I can breath again. John says this about it;

(3Jo 1:4) I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.

Paul is just like anyone of us. Think about it, how hard is it to keep your mind on work when you know a loved one is at home sick? We’ve all been there, and Paul was there needing to know how the people he had been teaching about Jesus were holding up. Remember Paul was ran out of there! He didn’t get to say goodbye, he just had to up and leave, not knowing what the Jews that were after him, were going to do to them, that he had left behind.

(1Th 3:9)

For what thanks can we render to God for you, for all the joy with which we rejoice for your sake before our God,(1Th 3:10)

night and day praying exceedingly that we may see your face and perfect what is lacking in your faith?

Do you think Paul was happy? I do, and for good reason. You might think that Paul is taking it a bit too far here, but think about it. Paul just found out that souls are being saved thanks to the grace of God. Paul’s joy is not because he gains anything by it, this was joy before the Lord! The all knowing Lord! The angels were rejoicing in Heaven right along with him.

Paul ends by telling them that he will be praying night and day exceedingly to see them again face to face and to perfect what is lacking in their faith. I’m sure we could all use some perfecting of our faith, and the Thessalonians were no exception. We all need someone that can teach us the never ending word of God, and Paul wanted to be that teacher for the Thessalonians, as we have learned he has a true love for them and longs to return and continue his teaching.

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