Chapter 2:17-20, The Apostle's Anticipation and Joy

The Study


J. Deering,


Chapter 2, Verses 1-20 Paul's Conduct and Concern
IV.    The Apostles' Anticipation and Joy, 2:17-20

The Apostles' Anticipation and Joy

          17 But we, brethren, having been taken away from you for a short while -- in person, not in spirit -- were all the more eager with great desire to see your face. 18 For we wanted to come to you -- I, Paul, more than once -- and yet Satan hindered us.

1.     Where does the "But we," fit in here.
    A.    2:16 - But wrath has come upon the Jews who hindered the spread of the Gospel to the Gentiles - But we're eager to see you!

2.     When were Paul, and his companions, taken away from them?
    A.    Acts 17:1-9 - 2nd missionary journey and was expelled by the Jews there.

3.     Why did Paul mention "in person, not in spirit"?
    A.    His body went on to Berea, Athens, and then Corinth, but his heart (spirit) remained focused on the Thessalonians.

4.     Why was Paul more eager to see them?
    A.    Better to see them in person than "think of them" or read their letters.

5.     How was Paul kept away from Thessalonica?
    A.    Acts 18 - Paul was encouraged by a vision to stay in Corinth - where this letter was written from.

6.     Seeing this here... does one have to be a sinner or a sinful Christian for Satan to hinder them?
    A.    NO!

19 For who is our hope or joy or crown of exultation? Is it not even you, in the presence of our Lord Jesus at His coming? 20 For you are our glory and joy.

1.     Describe the picture spoken of here.
    A.    The 2nd Coming of Jesus.

2.     When does this happen.
    A.    2 Thessalonians tells us that it is after believers - both dead and alive, meet Jesus "in the air."

3.     Are you part of the group of people who would be known at the second coming of Jesus as "our glory and joy." If not, why not.
    A.    (Consider)

4.     According to this chapter, how do you become a person whom Jesus would call His "glory and joy?"
    A.    Receive the Word of the Lord 2:13 (as from God), and be an imitator, having endured sufferings at the hands of the Jews seeking to promote the Gospel.