Sunday, July 14, 2019
“So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia. For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God-ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing” (1 Thessalonians 1:7,8 KJV).
Do you see the “echo” in today’s Scripture? (Do you see the “echo” in today’s Scripture?)
Reflecting on the Thessalonians’ conversion, Paul and his ministry companions (Silas and Timothy) knew they had passed from eternal death to eternal life (verses 3 and 4, the context of today’s Scripture): “Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father; Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God.”
Here is the explanation: “ For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.  And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost.” As we saw earlier, in Acts chapter 17, great persecution came on these new saints in Thessalonica. God’s Word had prospered, and the Devil made sure his people did what they could to obstruct the work of the Holy Spirit. Yet, these saints endured the hardship!
Lastly, here is the result: “ So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia.  For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God-ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing.  For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God;  And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.”
Yes, the Gospel of Grace went forth, and it “echoed” round the world….