1 Thessalonians 1:7-10
7 As a result you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia.
8 For from you the message of the Lord has echoed forth not just in Macedonia and Achaia, but in every place reports of your faith in God have spread, so that we do not need to say anything.
9 For people everywhere report how you welcomed us and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God
10 and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus our deliverer from the coming wrath.
As a result –
- The previous verses showed the evidences of the Thessalonians’ election. These next verses tell how they became an example to others, and the verses show more details of how the Thessalonians dramatically changed.
you became an example to all the believers –
- Strong’s Definitions: τύπος; týpos, too’-pos; a die (as struck).
- Their work of faith, labor of love, endurance of hope, and changed life mentioned in the previous passage became a model for others.
- They imitated Paul and the Lord, but now others are imitating them.
- Can you name Godly brothers or sisters in your life that are models for your Christian life?
in Macedonia –
- Easton’s Bible Dictionary
In New Testament times, was a Roman province lying north of Greece. It was governed by a propraetor with the title of proconsul. Paul was summoned by the vision of the “man of Macedonia” to preach the gospel there (Act 16:9). Frequent allusion is made to this event (18:5; 19:21; Rom 15:26; 2Cr 1:16; 11:9; Phl 4:15). The history of Paul’s first journey through Macedonia is given in detail in Act 16:10-17:15. At the close of this journey he returned from Corinth to Syria. He again passed through this country (Act 20:1-6), although the details of the route are not given. After many years he probably visited it for a third time (Phl 2:24; 1Ti 1:3). The first convert made by Paul in Europe was (Act 16:13-15) Lydia (q.v.), a “seller of purple,” residing in Philippi, the chief city of the eastern division of Macedonia.
and in Achaia –
- Easton’s Bible Dictionary
The name originally of a narrow strip of territory in Greece, on the north-west of the Peloponnesus. Subsequently it was applied by the Romans to the whole Peloponnesus, now called the Morea, and the south of Greece. It was then one of the two provinces (Macedonia being the other) into which they divided the country when it fell under their dominion. It is in this latter enlarged meaning that the name is always used in the New Testament (Act 18:12,27; 19:21; Rom 15:26; 16:5, etc.). It was at the time when Luke wrote the Acts of the Apostles under the proconsular form of government; hence the appropriate title given to Gallio as the “deputy,” i.e., proconsul, of Achaia (Act 18:12).
For from you the message of the Lord has echoed forth not just in Macedonia and Achaia, but in every place reports of your faith in God have spread –
- By the changed life of the Thessalonians, the Lord’s message, meaning the gospel message, resounded forth to…
- ‘Every place’ is a hyperbolic statement meaning that the news of the gospel and their faith spread to many places and had a great impression on others.
- Strong’s Definitions: ἐξηχέομαι; exēchéomai, ex-ay-kheh’-om-ahee; to “echo” forth, i.e. to resound (be generally reported):
- Webster defines, resound, as to become filled with sound; to make a loud, deep sound; to make a strong impression or have a great effect on people
- Strong’s Definitions: ἐξέρχομαι; exérchomai, ex-er’-khom-ahee; to issue (literally or figuratively).
so that we do not need to say anything. For people everywhere report –
- Again, “everywhere” is a hyperbolic statement meaning that most people where Paul traveled already heard the news about the Thessalonians.
- Can you name the strongest Christian in your extended family, at your job, or in your school whose faith has resounded to many? If their faith has resounded to you in that you know their testimony, do you think your faith has resounded to them?
- For fun, can you name the person that is the farthest place away from you that know’s of your faith in Jesus?
how you welcomed us –
- The first part of the report their heard was how they welcomed Paul as mentioned in the previous passage, verse 5-6. Paul’s words were received in great joy, in power, in the Holy Spirit, in deep conviction, and how they became imitators of Paul and the Lord.
and how you turned to God from idols –
- The second part of the report they heard was how the Thessalonian turned away from idols.
- This is amazing that they were willing to forsake idols that may have been worshipped for years or even generations.
- Strong’s Definitions: εἴδωλον; eídōlon, i’-do-lon; an image (i.e. for worship); by implication, a heathen god, or (plural) the worship of such.
- Can you think of a Christian whose sinful strongholds were defeated at the time of their conversion? How about your own strongholds at your conversion?
to serve the living and true God –
- Third, they heard how the Thessalonians now served the living and true God.
- The idols are lifeless and false, but our God is living and true.
- Do you know personally of other Christians who began to serve God after their conversion? Can you name ways that you began to serve God after your conversion?
and to wait for his Son from heaven –
- Forth, they heard how the Thessalonians were waiting for God’s Son from heaven.
- It appears the teaching of the second coming of Jesus had already been taught there, and the Thessalonians already accepted the doctrine.
- The doctrine of the second coming should motivate us to live a life that would please Jesus at his coming.
- Strong’s Definitions: ἀναμένω; anaménō, an-am-en’-o; to await.
- Titus 2:13 (NET) 13 as we wait for the happy fulfillment of our hope in the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.
- Hebrews 9:28 (NET) 28 so also, after Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many, to those who eagerly await him he will appear a second time, not to bear sin but to bring salvation.
whom he raised from the dead –
- Meaning God raised his Son, Jesus, from the dead.
Jesus our deliverer from the coming wrath –
- Meaning Jesus will deliver us from God’s wrath at the end of the age at the judgement.
- Strong’s Definitions: ὀργή; orgḗ, or-gay’; properly, desire (as a reaching forth or excitement of the mind), i.e. (by analogy), violent passion (ire, or (justifiable) abhorrence); by implication punishment.
- Webster defines, Ire, as intense anger.
- Most English translations say, wrath or judgement, Young’s literal translation says, anger that is coming.
- Romans 2:5 (NET) But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath for yourselves in the day of wrath, when God’s righteous judgment is revealed!
Listening Prayer method – a method where you write what you think God would say to you after meditating and studying a Bible passage.
Is the Gospel Echoed Forth by Your Faith?
Be grateful for those good examples in My scriptures and in your life.
Live a life that will be a good example to others.
Is news spreading to others that your life has changed because My grace has transformed you?
Continue to truly believe My message. Read it. Study it. Live it.
Fight against sinful strongholds. Resist those sins that pull you. Don’t ever be comfortable with sins.
Serve Me with your time, talents, and treasure. Stop waisting so much precious time.
Just don’t pass the time aimlessly waiting for Jesus, but live a life set apart for Me as you wait for My Son to return from heaven.
I am angry because of sin! My wrath is coming! Rejoice and tremble that you will be delivered from the day of wrath through my Son.