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Energy of God for Salvation
Paul’s letters to the Thessalonians bear witness to the glorious reality that the gospel is “the energy of God for salvation to every person who believes” (see Rom. 1:16). In 1 Thessalonians, Paul can not quit rejoicing that the gospel came to the Thessalonians in word, in energy, and with complete conviction by the Holy Spirit (1 Thess. 1:five). Paul and his companions labored diligently amongst the Thessalonians (Acts 17), and by God’s grace they could glorify God as they witnessed the steadfast faithfulness of the physique of Christ in Thessalonica. The Thessalonians have been a congregation who genuinely loved one particular one more as they followed the instance of Christ and his apostles, and they lived every single day in light of the promised return of Jesus Christ.
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As the Thessalonian believers waited, Paul urged them to be steadfast in their faith in Christ, to continue to develop in really like for one particular one more, and to stay sexually pure according to God’s holy calling. Such living, Paul explained, will have to be grounded in the day-to-day heart-application of the gospel itself. In this way the Thessalonians would continue to manifest their genuine faith in the resurrected and returning Jesus Christ—living gratefully, prayerfully, and expectantly. The gospel guarantee is that we who are saved by God’s grace alone via faith alone in the sinless life, sacrificial death, and victorious resurrection of Jesus Christ can eagerly appear forward to his return that will come “like a thief in the night” to rescue us and unite us with his loved ones from all the planet and from all ages (1 Thess. four:13–5:11)
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