Chapter # 1 Paragraph # 3 Study # 1
August 16, 2015
Dayton, Texas
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<013> Thesis: What God does in a person's heart and mind is revealed when that person acts in ways that are in harmony with the principles of the Kingdom of God. Introduction: In our studies so far we have seen that Paul has been giving God the credit for what the Thessalonians are doing in terms of "faith" and "love". This maintains his focus upon the grace of God rather than human initiatives and actions, but there is no question that he is focused upon what the Thessalonians are actually doing in one respect: they are enduring persecutions and tribulations because of their commitment to the "Love/Faith/Hope" issues of the Gospel. That God stands under this endurance as the gracious Initiator is simply assumed by Paul; that the Thessalonians are behaving in a certain way is declared by Paul. Now, this evening, we are going to look into what Paul calls "the righteous judgment of the God". The claim is that the Thessalonian endurance is a "manifest token of the righteous judgment of God". What does Paul mean and what does that imply for us?