Chapter # 1 Paragraph # 2 Study # 11
March 2, 2014
Dayton, Texas
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<023> Thesis: The behavior of the apostles was a significant element in the amazing work of God in the making of the church in Thessalonica. Introduction: We have considered the significance and importance of the message of the Gospel. We have looked into the significance and importance of the "power" of the Holy Spirit. Now we are going to look into the significance and importance of the behavior of the messengers. As we have said over and over, the impact of the Gospel in Thessalonica was remarkably superior to that of the other churches that Paul established. There was no difference in the Message, nor was there any significant difference in the messengers. The bottom line seems to be that God's plan was to do a remarkable thing for the same reason that Paul presented to Timothy in 1 Timothy 1:14-16. That God does not have the same plan for all in terms of the details (1 Corinthians 4:7) is a given, but it is just as much a given that God's works are to be made clear so that whatever is His plan for each one can be implemented to His satisfaction. There is no doubt that God's plans for Paul included an extraordinary dispensation of grace upon him that went far beyond the "norm" (1 Corinthians 15:10), nor can there be any doubt that His plans in Thessalonica greatly surpassed what His Spirit did in many of the other churches. That said, however, we do need to look at what Paul is claiming in his reference to the behavior of the messengers at the tail end of 1 Thessalonians 1:5.