1 Thessalonians 2 Outline
– Paul plans to visit the Thessalonians (1 Thessalonians 2:17-20)
1 Thessalonians 2 Bible Study
In 1 Thessalonians 2:1-4, Paul knows that he didn’t waste his time when he was with the Thessalonians. While Paul was at Philippi, he encountered a slave girl who does fortune telling to make money for her owner. She earned a lot of money by predicting about the future. When she saw Paul and other followers, she followed them and said they are they are the servants of God with a mission to tell them how to get saved. Paul finally couldn’t stand her and he cast out the evil spirit of fortune telling from her. They put Paul and Silas in prison but they kept on singing praises to God. The chains that bound them broke, as well as the chains of other prisoners.
In 1 Thessalonians 2:5-8, Paul preached the gospel to the people sincerely, with hope that they will believe in Jesus and get saved. He did not do it to win the favor and praises of people. Paul says that he is not trying to flatter anyone to win their hearts. Paul loves the Thessalonians like a mother that nurses her child. When a mother nurses her child, she will pay full attention and care for her diligently. Paul demonstrated the love for God’s people through his thoughts and actions. He is a good role model of Christ. We should be like Paul and imitate Christ.
In 1 Thessalonians 2:9-12, Paul earned his own wages to support himself so that he won’t be a burden to others. During the New Testament Times, it is common for the church leaders to hold other jobs to pay for their living expenses. Paul earned a living as a tentmaker. It is probable that he learned about tent making while he was in Cilicia in the younger years. Cilicia is well known for exporting clothes made from goat hair. Most tents are made from goat hair as well. Paul describes his love for them like a father and his children. Just like a father always teaches his children to be good, Paul always taught the followers to live a life that honor God. To walk worthily for God, we must obey all his commandments.
In 1 Thessalonians 2:13-14, the Thessalonians believe that the message of the good news that Paul preached is from God. It is important that we use the word of God as our foundation. It points us towards the right direction so that we can discern the false doctrine easily. Reading God’s word is important because it will help you to live your life for Jesus. When you read the Bible, you learn about God’s requirements. When you are equipped with the word of God, it will be harder for you to be deceived. The Thessalonians are like the followers of the church of God in Judea, they follow Christ and are willing to get persecuted for the gospel.
In 1 Thessalonians 2:15-16, the Jews are the ones that persecuted the Christians and hinder Paul from preaching the gospel. They are responsible for the crucifixion of Christ. Now God is paying those Jews back for their sins by letting them being mistreated by their own people.
In 1 Thessalonians 2:17-20, Paul said that he had always wanted to visit the Thessalonians but he didn’t get a chance because Satan is doing his work. When we try to do the work of Jesus, Satan and his demons will always try to hinder us. We must stand up for Jesus by fighting the spiritual battle and defeat Satan.