Chapter # 2 Paragraph # 1 Study # 4
May 4, 2014
Dayton, Texas
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<039> Thesis: The motivation of the "preacher" is absolutely critical to the integrity of his message. Introduction: In our last study we considered Paul's claim that his message is an honest summons from God to men to come alongside of Him so that they may eventually receive all of the good that is contained in "The Promise". This evening we are going to look into another claim: that Paul is a trustworthy messenger of that honest summons. This is no small matter. If the messenger cannot be trusted, neither can his message be trusted. We saw this in our studies in Galatians where we read that as soon as Peter's motives became corrupt, so did his message. Jesus actually taught this in John's Gospel. In 5:44 He asked, "How can ye believe, which receive honor one of another, and seek not the honor that cometh from God only?" In 7:18 He said, "He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh His glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him." Then, in 8:50, He claimed, "I seek not mine own glory..." At stake is the trustworthiness of the message. For this cause, in our text this evening Paul makes his claim that he is trustworthy because God trusts him. This is just a claim that must be evaluated, but it is made on the weight of 1:5. The Thessalonians did not have to accept this claim, but to reject it with any appearance of legitimacy they would have had to demonstrate that Paul was not what he appeared to be. This would be difficult, given the statement of 1:5. Additionally, Acts 15 is past history by this time and Paul's creds are sky high in terms of "The Church". So, let's look into what Paul claims is our text this evening (2:4).