Chapter 2:13-16, The Thessalonians' Belief and Service

The Study


J. Deering,


Chapter 2, Verses 1-20 Paul's Conduct and Concern

III.    The Thessalonians' Belief and Service, 2:13-16

The Thessalonians' Belief and Service

          13 For this reason we also constantly thank God that when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but for what it really is, the word of God, which also performs its work in you who believe. 14 For you, brethren, became imitators of the churches of God in Christ Jesus that are in Judea, for you also endured the same sufferings at the hands of your own countrymen, even as they did from the Jews, 15 who both killed the Lord Jesus and the prophets, and drove us out. They are not pleasing to God, but hostile to all men, 16 hindering us from speaking to the Gentiles so that they may be saved; with the result that they always fill up the measure of their sins. But wrath has come upon them to the utmost.

1.     Why were Paul, and his companions, thanking God for the Thessalonians?
    A.    They had received the Word of God.

2.     Where did the teachings of Paul, and his companions, have their beginnings?
    A.    In the Word of God.

3.     What is one of the purposes of the Word of God (:13)?
    A.    To Perform a work upon us.

4.     Upon whom is this work performed?
    A.    "You who believe."

5.     What is the end result of this work of the Word of God?
    A.    Become imitators of the Judean Churches in Persecution, Suffering, and Blessing.

6.     What is the evidence that this had happened to the Thessalonians?
    A.    They did become imitators.

7.     In what manner did the Jews kill the Lord Jesus and the prophets?
    A.    Their leadership required His crucifixion.

8.     When did the Jews drive out Paul and his companions?
    A.    In Philippi.

9.     What is God's attitude toward those who persecute His servants?
    A.    "Not pleasing."

10.    Why are the Jews hostile to all men (in this context)?
    A.    To prevent the Gospel from saving Gentiles.

11.    How has wrath come to the Jew "to the utmost"?
    A.    The dispersion / AD 70 / No Temple for 2000 years...