The apostles’ conduct among the Thessalonians demonstrated the life-shaping power of the gospel and set an example for them to follow in their own lives and community.
The message of the gospel is true, and its truth is supported and strengthened by the integrity of the messengers God sent.
Conversion is a complete reorientation of life that is confirmed by a repudiation of idolatry, an active devotion to God, and an eager anticipation of Jesus’ return.
The way the gospel came to the Thessalonians demonstrates that salvation is an effectual work of God and not due to any human effort, and this should humble us and…
In Paul’s simple salutation, he sets the stage for his instruction by reminding the Thessalonians of the foundation he laid when with them – a foundation that is thoroughly theological.