1 Thessalonians 2* The apostle reminds the Thessalonians of his preaching andbehaviour. (1-12) And of their receiving the gospel as the wordof God. (13-16) His joy on their account. (17-20)1-6 The apostle had no wordly design in his preaching.Suffering in a good cause should sharpen holy resolution. Thegospel of Christ at first met with much opposition; and it waspreached with contention, with striving in preaching, andagainst opposition. And as the matter of the apostle'sexhortation was true and pure, the manner of his speaking waswithout guile. The gospel of Christ is designed for mortifyingcorrupt affections, and that men may be brought under the powerof faith. This is the great motive to sincerity, to considerthat God not only sees all we do, but knows our thoughts afaroff, and searches the heart. And it is from this God who triethour hearts, that we must receive our reward. The evidences ofthe apostle's sincerity were, that he avoided flattery andcovetousness. He avoided ambition and vain-glory. 7-12 Mildness and tenderness greatly recommend religion, andare most conformable to God's gracious dealing with sinners, inand by the gospel. This is the way to win people. We should notonly be faithful to our calling as Christians, but in ourparticular callings and relations. Our great gospel privilegeis, that God has called us to his kingdom and glory. The greatgospel duty is, that we walk worthy of God. We should live asbecomes those called with such a high and holy calling. Ourgreat business is to honour, serve, and please God, and to seekto be worthy of him. 13-16 We should receive the word of God with affectionssuitable to its holiness, wisdom, truth, and goodness. The wordsof men are frail and perishing, like themselves, and sometimesfalse, foolish, and fickle; but God's word is holy, wise, just,and faithful. Let us receive and regard it accordingly. The wordwrought in them, to make them examples to others in faith andgood works, and in patience under sufferings, and in trials forthe sake of the gospel. Murder and persecution are hateful toGod, and no zeal for any thing in religion can excuse it.Nothing tends more to any person or people's filling up themeasure of their sins, than opposing the gospel, and hinderingthe salvation of souls. The pure gospel of Christ is abhorred bymany, and the faithful preaching of it is hindered in many ways.But those who forbid the preaching it to sinners, to men dead insin, do not by this please God. Those have cruel hearts, and areenemies to the glory of God, and to the salvation of his people,who deny them the Bible. 17-20 This world is not a place where we are to be always, orlong together. In heaven holy souls shall meet, and never partmore. And though the apostle could not come to them yet, andthought he might never be able to come, yet our Lord JesusChrist will come; nothing shall hinder that. May God givefaithful ministers to all who serve him with their spirit in thegospel of his Son, and send them to all who are in darkness
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