The Word of God continues to deeply move me The revelation of God’s Sovereignty in all of human history is more evident to me. When reading Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians, I could not help but be so deeply moved to tears. Even as I write, the Spirit bears witness in my spirit the connection that I feel with Christ’s suffering, and His faithful servants and soldiers - the invisible cloud of witnesses.
The Word of God came to the Thessalonian church with such power, the Holy Spirit, and deep conviction, that they turned from their idols, their old ways and habits, to serve the Living God. For this, they faced rejection from society, fierce persecution, and likely death. Because this, Paul was so concerned that they would be tempted to return to their old ways. He sent Timothy to find out, only to learn that they are holding fast, and not giving up! Their faith became known throughout the region, and even Paul was deeply encouraged and strengthened to go and face his own persecution faithfully. The Thessalonian church endured all trials and tribulations because they looked forward to something future, the imminent and soon return of Christ, the Blessed Hope - and Paul described this 100% guaranteed event as so glorious that it will blow your mind away!
Paul ends his letter with an exhortation in 1 Thessalonians 5:23, 24:
"23May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.”
Sycomore, the church described in the letter to the Thessalonians is a true church, and what it should look like. May the Word of God come to us with power, the Holy Spirit, and deep conviction!