1 Thessalonians 2:9-12
9 For you recall, brothers and sisters, our toil and drudgery: By working night and day so as not to impose a burden on any of you, we preached to you the gospel of God.
10 You are witnesses, and so is God, as to how holy and righteous and blameless our conduct was toward you who believe.
11 As you know, we treated each one of you as a father treats his own children,
12 exhorting and encouraging you and insisting that you live in a way worthy of God who calls you to his own kingdom and his glory.
Context: In the last passage, Paul reminded the Thessalonians that he did not burden them with his Apostleship, instead he loved them as a nursing mother. In this passage he continues to remind them how he did not burden them financially, but loved them as a father loves his own children.
For you recall, brothers and sisters, our toil and drudgery: By working night and day so as not to impose a burden on any of you –
- Meaning Paul, Silas, Timothy, and possibly Luke labored extremely hard for about a month (Acts 17) to provide for themselves so they were not financially dependent upon the Thessalonians.
- How do you think the Thessalonians felt about the Apostles’ message knowing they were not asking for any money from them?
we preached to you the gospel of God –
- Meaning not only did they provide for themselves, but they also told them the gospel throughout the week and at the synagogue meetings on the sabbaths (Acts 17).
You are witnesses, and so is God, as to how holy and righteous and blameless our conduct was toward you who believe-
- Meaning the Apostles lived upright lives among them as an example before them. Also they did nothing to take advantage of the believers.
- How does the way we live effect our gospel message presentation?
As you know, we treated each one of you as a father treats his own children-
- The last passage mentioned his love for them like that of a nursing mother, but here his love for them is like a Father for his own children.
exhorting and encouraging you and insisting that you live in a way worthy of God –
- Paul lists three ways his fatherly love was expressed toward them:
- παρακαλέω, parakaleō, to call for, invite to come, send for.
- παραμυθέομαι, paramytheomai, to exercise a gentle influence by words; to soothe, comfort, console.
C) insisting –
- μαρτυρόμενοι, marturomai, mar-too’-rom-ahee. I call to witness, testify, solemnly charge.
- ἀξίως axíōs, ax-ee’-oce; appropriately.
Paul called them to his side to follow his example, he used gentle words to comfort them, he confronted them directly and clearly to live their lives appropriately for God in the same way that he demonstrated by living holy, righteous, and blamelessly among them.
- Can you name a spiritual Father in your life? How did he call you to his side, comfort you, and charge you to live appropriately for God?
- Who have you spiritually challenged in a Fatherly way?
who calls you to his own kingdom and his glory-
- A Greek English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature by Walter Bower,
- 1. Brightness, splendor, radiance. The state of being in the next life is thus described as participation in the radiance or glory.
- 2. Magnificence, splendor, anything that catches the eye.
- 3. Fame, renown, honor.
Meaning, although Paul preached the gospel, it is God who calls them to His own kingdom and to His own glory.
- Explain how you feel when contemplating this phrase, who calls you to his own kingdom and his glory?
Listening Prayer method – a method where you write what you think God would say to you after meditating and studying a Bible passage.
Do We Treat Others Like a Father Treats His Own Children?
When you teach the Gospel of My Son to others, be sure that they know you don’t want anything from them in exchange. Make sure that they know your only motive is the salvation of their souls through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ.
Also, when you teach My gospel, your walk had better match your talk. Live holy, righteous, and blameless.
Be grateful for those men who walked the talk, and be grateful for men who led you by example, comforted you, and challenged you to walk uprightly. Be that man for a younger brother.
I am calling you into My kingdom and into My glory. Live worthily! You are a citizen of My Kingdom. You will be in awe when you see My radiance, splendor, and majesty – though present now dimly, it will be so bright on that Day.