Chapter # 1 Paragraph # 3 Study # 3
March 23, 2014
Dayton, Texas
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<029> Thesis: What ought to happen and what does happen are divided by whether, or not, the "believer" is "believing". Introduction: In our last study we saw that the Thessalonians had become a "type" of responders to the Gospel that set forth a pattern for others to imitate. Paul's logic in this text is that "imitators" of the Lord become a "form" of faith that others should imitate. This means that "faith" can turn a person into someone to be emulated. However, the fact that "those who believe" need a form to follow in order to fulfill the purpose of "faith" in God's economy must mean that "faith" can be real without having a sufficiently comprehensive impact as to make the "believer" a "type". It should have such an impact, but it does not always do so. Otherwise there would be no need for some to be "types" and others to be "imitators". This evening we are going to consider why the "should" does not always show up.