Chapter # 1 Paragraph # 1 Study # 2
June 28, 2015
Dayton, Texas
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<003> Thesis: The root of our hope is that we exist by the love of God our Father and by the Lordship of Jesus the Christ. Introduction: In our study last week we skipped the first verse in Paul's salutation in order to focus upon the "typical" salutary elements of "grace" and "peace". "Grace and peace to you" is found in 13 of the epistles of the New Testament, so I concluded that we needed to revisit those concepts so that we might see what they might mean to us on a day-by-day basis. "Grace" is God's gift in light of the "spirit's" need for a genuine humility, and "Peace" is God's gift in light of the "soul's" need for a genuine fearlessness. Now, as we move on into our study this evening, we are going to look at what I call an anomaly. It is only in 1 and 2 Thessalonians that Paul uses the phrase the translators have chosen to render "in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ". Just as constant repetition makes us aware of the importance of words and the concepts they represent, anomalies do the same thing. If Paul felt it was necessary to say something to the Thessalonians -- and only to them -- because of something that was true about them and their circumstances it stands to reason that we are looking at something that we need to thoughtfully consider.