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"Commentary on 1 Thessalonians 2:2". p. 44). https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ice/1-thessalonians-2.html. Paul appeals to his voluntary and continued endurance of suffering and to his braving of perils, in proof that his cause was a good one, worth suffering for: and that he was disinterested in advocating it, as he expected nothing but danger and hardship in its prosecution. Greek. 4:4. "Commentary on 1 Thessalonians 2:2". See Acts 16 and Acts 17:1. "[6] Other passages in which it occurs are Acts 9:27 and Ephesians 6:20. See Acts 14:5. Questions to reflect on the passage. Waxed bold ... "This word is always used in the New Testament of the proclamation of the gospel and denotes freedom from stress. The ground which St. Paul had to build his confidence upon, that the Thessalonians were a people chosen of God, and that was rational evidence, knowing your election of God; for our gospel came to you not in word only, but in power. Comp. To speak unto you the gospel of God; the glad tidings of salvation by Jesus Christ; which gospel, though we have called it ours because preached by us, yet it is the gospel of God, as being the original author and ordainer of it. “Speak freely, openly, fearlessly, outspokenness, frankness, plainness of speech and so with courage” (Stott p. 47). 2 Thessalonians 2 / 2 Thessalonians 2:1; Share Tweet. finds its full explanation in the second participle which is almost = ὥστε καὶ ὑβρισθῆναι: cf. 1897. The Glory of God in the Good Resolves of His People. But nothing of that nature could discourage him, but that he rather waxed more bold in spirit, resolving to preach the gospel of God, though with much contention and opposition from the unbelieving Jews. Better conflict. εὐαγγέλιον τοῦ θεοῦ] The genitive denotes not the object of the gospel, but its author; comp. were, &c. = having been treated with contumely. It was only his powerful aid that could have enabled them to persevere with ardor and zeal in such a work after such treatment The meaning here is, that they were not deterred from preaching the gospel by the treatment which they had received, but at the very next important town, and on the first opportunity, they proclaimed the same truth, though there was no security that they might not meet with the same persecution there. Home >> Bible Studies >> Thessalonians >> 1 Thessalonians 2:1-9 These small group studies of Thessalonians contain outlines, cross-references, Bible study discussion questions, and applications. on Ephesians 6:20, and Ellic., to regard it as the epexegetical inf. This was amongst Paul’s constant and uppermost convictions. contention. Calvin makes 1 Thessalonians 2:2 still dependent on ὅτι of 1 Thessalonians 2:1; but without grammatical justification. doubtfully. 1 Thessalonians 1:3-10 Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father; … 2 Thessalonians 3:1 Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you: in vain. ‘But having suffered before, and been shamefully treated, as you know, at Philippi, we waxed bold in our God to speak to you the Gospel of God in much conflict.’. But how did the gospel come amongst the Thessalonians? Ἑν παρρησίᾳ inboldness, John 7:4; John 16:29; Ephesians 6:19; Philemon 1:20. One special ground and reason assigned, why the apostle's heart was thus extraordinarily carried out in praise and thanksgivings unto God, on the Thessalonians' behalf, and that was the knowledge of their election, knowing your election of God; that is, knowing cerainly and infallibly, by your proficiency in the forementioned Christian graces of faith, love, and hope, that God had certainly chosen you out of the Gentile world, to be a church and people to himself, and that it was the good pleasure of God to gather a Christian church at Thessalonica; and also he did know and believe, with a judgement of charity, that Almighty God had chosen them to eternal life also, to be a part of his church truimphant in heaven, as well as of his church militant upon earth; the preaching of the gospel having met with such visible success amongst them. 1 Thessalonians 3:4, 1 Thessalonians 4:6; for πάσχω in like connexion, 1 Thessalonians 2:14, 2 Thessalonians 1:5. ὑβρισθέντες shows the “suffering” to have taken the shape of outrage, criminal violence, as was the case in the imprisonment of Paul and Silas (Acts 16:37); ὕβρις denoted legally an actionable indignity to the person: the expression indicates “the contumely which hurt St Paul’s feelings, arising from the strong sense of his Roman citizenship” (Lightfoot). 1 Thessalonians 2:7, KJV: "But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children:" When Jesus Christ comes again it will be unavoidable and without warning. 10 You are witnesses, and so is God, of how holy, righteous and blameless we were among you who believed. The First Epistle to the Thessalonians, commonly referred to as First Thessalonians or 1 Thessalonians, is a Pauline epistle of the New Testament of the Christian Bible.The epistle is attributed to Paul the Apostle, and is addressed to the church in Thessalonica, in modern-day Greece.It is likely the first of Paul's letters, probably written by the end of AD 52. 2 Thessalonians 2:2, ESV: "not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by a spirit or a spoken word, or a letter seeming to be from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come." ἐπαρρησιασάμεθα ἐν τῷ θεῷ κτλ.] https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/1-thessalonians-2.html. When Jesus Christ comes again it will be unavoidable and without warning. He describes his integrity when he was with them, his anxiety while he was separated from them, and his determination to see them again” (Stott p. 48). Moreover, εὐαγγέλιον τοῦ θεοῦ is the usual form; and therefore, although θεῷ precedes, εὐαγγέλιον αὐτοῦ is not put. A certain group of Jews made it their purpose in life, to oppose the spread of the Good News (see Acts 17:13). Greek. 4 Masters, treat your bondservants 1 justly and fairly, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/1-thessalonians-2.html. By being beaten and cast into prison. The heavenly Form that met him on the road to Damascus, the Voice that said, “Depart, for I will send thee far hence unto the … vii. John Trapp Complete Commentary. Where mark, that the apostle calls his boldness, a boldness in God, because a boldness for God, and from God. Ἁγὼν originally of a contest in the arena; but it is used of any struggle, outward or inward. 1765. ἐν τῷ θεῷ ἡμῶν] in our God, by means of fellowship and union with Him, belongs to ἐπαῤῥησιάζεσθαι, and indicates wherein this confidence was founded—in what it had its ground. The phrase only here in N.T. 2:1-17. Here in 1 Thessalonians 1:3 the object of their hope is expressed by the words, “in our Lord Jesus Christ in the presence of our God and Father.” This points to the anchor and character of their hope. Bold (Acts 4:29; Ephesians 6:20) in our God. 1863-1878. BibliographyEdwards, Justin. But. They just need a little reminder. 5. 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11. Greek. Use this table to get a word-for-word translation of the original Greek Scripture. It is our unquestionable duty, and we learn it from St. Paul's example, in charity to number them amongst God's chosen, in whom we see, as much as man may see, the fruits and signs of God's election. See on discerning of spirits, 1 Corinthians 12:10; see on 1 Corinthians 14:29, and comp. In much contention ( ἐν πολλῷ ἀγῶνι ). "Family Bible New Testament". In 1 Thessalonians, Paul reassured believers that fellow Christians who had died would not miss out on the return of Christ. In chapter 2 of 1 Thessalonians, Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy remind the community of the time they spent in their midst. The discipline is relatively harsh, which underscores that idleness was no minor foible in Paul’s assess­ment. The believers in Thessalonica were confused concerning the doctrine of the return of Christ. Read 1 Thessalonians 1:1-2. The New Testament contains echoes of the curse found in Amos 8—a famine, not of the word, but of hearing it.Romans 1:18-32 tells of unrighteous men who suppress the truth. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/1-thessalonians-2.html. From the sheer fact that the New Testament often emphasizes boldness or confidence in preaching (Ephesians 6:19-20; Philippians 1:20; Acts 9:27; Acts 18:26), I must conclude that something is wrong if the Christian is always wondering whether they are right nor not. The verb rendered ‘waxed bold’ is full of interest. 2. οὐ κενὴ γέγονεν (1 Thessalonians 2:1), ἀλλὰ … ἐπαρρησιασάμεθα ἐν τῷ θεῷ ἡμῶν κ.τ.λ. Acts 17:1-9. καθὼς οἴδατε] although αὐτοὶ γὰρ οἴδατε had just preceded, is involuntarily added by Paul, by reason of the lively feeling with which he places himself, in thought, in the time whereof he speaks. Here St. Paul discovers to the Thessalonians the great difficulties and dangers which he broke through at his first entrance amongst them to preach the gospel; he acquaints them with the reproach and disgrace he underwent at their neighbouring city, Philippi, and the sufferings there endured for the gospel, which are recorded, Acts 16:23. In lxx, Proverbs 27:21 ; Psalm 11:6 , δοκίμιον is a crucible or furnace. If that was the case, then Paul answers it with the phrase, “shamefully treated”, as everyone knew, his imprisonment had been unlawful and a violation of justice. - Margin, “or, vouchsafe.” The meaning is, “that he would regard you as worthy of this calling;” see the notes on ver. At Philippi the law was called in and false accusations were made against them. BibliographyAlford, Henry. ; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. 1 Thessalonians 2:7 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] 1 Thessalonians 2:7, NIV: "Instead, we were like young children among you.Just as a nursing mother cares for her children," 1 Thessalonians 2:7, ESV: "But we were gentle among you, like a nursing mother taking care of her own children." Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament. in the sense of the future Advent of Christ: it occurs in this sense six times in the two letters. Note how the Biblical letters support and endorse each other. "Abbott's Illustrated New Testament". Paul did not take revenge, but neither did he allow the authorities to just sweep the unlawful incident under the rug (Acts 16:35-39). https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/1-thessalonians-2.html. Both the verb and the noun are found in lxx. Charles Schribner's Sons. In itself ἐπαρρησιασάμεθα may refer generally to the Apostles’ whole attitude, but as the verb is always used elsewhere in the N.T. Observe, 2. ‘Much conflict.’ This probably refers to external conflict rather than inner conflict. In 1 Timothy 1:2 he refers to Timothy as "my true child in the faith." Used by Permission. : διὰ τὸν ἐνδυναμοῦντα θεὸν τοῦτο ποιῆσαι τεθαρρήκαμεν. 2 c Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it d with thanksgiving. For a full discussion of those events, in which Paul was beaten and imprisoned and made fast in the stocks, see my Commentary on Acts 16. N.T.) “But”: Before reaching Thessalonica, Paul and his companions had already experienced suffering. Acts 16:19-24. It was a living hope based on a living Savior and His exalted presence before the Father through resurrection and ascension to God’s right hand in heaven. BibliographyBullinger, Ethelbert William. propascho. Confidence by itself never saved anyone. And he first mentions his carriage in the discharge of his ministry among them. There was much in Thessalonica to alarm and silence him: there was that which produced in his own spirit much commotion and perturbation; but amidst this inward disturbance his wrestling faith triumphed, and by leaning on God he derived courage sufficient for the emergency. The shame of the treatment consisted in the fact that it was wholly undeserved; that it was contrary to the laws; and that it was accompanied with circumstances designed to make their punishment as ignominious as possible. But even after that we had suffered before,.... Before they came to Thessalonica, which they would not have done, had their ministry been a light and empty one in itself, and unprofitable to others; and especially had this been the case, they would never have rashly engaged in it again, and exposed themselves to fresh sufferings and dangers, as they did: and were shamefully entreated, as ye know, at Philippi; being beaten with many stripes, and put into prison, and their feet made fast in the stocks, at the instigation of the masters of the damsel that had a spirit of divination, by whom they got much gain, and which Paul dispossessed; see Acts 16:16, we were bold in our God to speak unto you the Gospel of God with much contention: and which still made it more manifestly appear, that the errand they came upon was a matter of importance, and that they did not proceed on a slight foundation: what they spoke was "the Gospel", salvation by Christ, and not by the works of the law; the pure Gospel, and not a mixed one, free from the mixture of all human doctrines and inventions of men, without any adulteration and inconsistency; the whole of the Gospel, and not a part of it only; they declared the whole counsel of God, and kept back nothing that might be profitable: and this is styled the Gospel of God, to distinguish it from the Gospel of men, or that which the false teachers taught, and which was called the Gospel, though it was not so; and to express the excellency of it, from the author of it, who is God, it being the produce of his wisdom and grace; and from the matter of it, it containing the good will of God to men, setting forth the grace of God in election, redemption, justification, pardon, adoption, regeneration, and glorification, and expressing things relating to the kingdom of God, a meetness for it, and a right unto it; and it being so called shows it to be something divine, a message sent from God to sinful men; and gives a reason why the apostles were so bold to speak it, because it was not of men, but God. See Leviticus 26:13; Proverbs 10:10; Wisd. Used by permission of Broadman Press (Southern Baptist Sunday School Board). ; and the notes there. In chapter 2 of 1 Thessalonians, Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy remind the community of the time they spent in their midst. 1999. More than the bodily suffering it was the personal indignity that had been offered to him as a Roman citizen (cf. Their boldness was not mere natural courage, but was inspired by God. Copyright StatementThese files are a derivative of an electronic edition prepared from text scanned by Woodside Bible Fellowship.This expanded edition of the Jameison-Faussett-Brown Commentary is in the public domain and may be freely used and distributed. They knew how badly treated he had been at Philippi (Acts 16:12-40), but this had not prevented them from coming to Thessalonika, and continuing to preach boldly even though there were the signs of the same things happening to him there (Acts 17:5). 1 Thessalonians 2:9-13 New International Version (NIV). II Thessalonians 2:1-17 . It was God’s Good News, not his. Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible. App-104. "Commentary on 1 Thessalonians 2:2". "Commentary on 1 Thessalonians 2:2". And lastly, as to his own conduct and conversation amongst them, he appeals to them, and to their own knowledge, whether it was not answerable to the doctrine delivered by him; Ye know what manner of men we were amongst you for your sake. He had not flinched or hesitated. Where mark, that the apostle calls his boldness, a boldness in God, because a boldness for God, and from God. They just need a little reminder. "Commentary on 1 Thessalonians 2:2". "Commentary on 1 Thessalonians 2:2". Ver. Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary. Paul also depicted the fierce judgment of God which would fall during the day of the Lord. § 386. ‘Shamefully treated’, that is treated arrogantly or spitefully. Thucyd. 1871-8. with much contention; referring to the tumult raised by the baser sort, who, instigated by others, assaulted Jason and the brethren, where the apostles were, Acts 18:5 or to the disputes which they had with the unbelieving Jews, who contradicted and blasphemed what they said; or to the division the Gospel made, as through the corruption of nature it makes wherever it comes, between the nearest relations and friends, some being for it, and others against it; or this may be expressive of the zeal with which the apostles preached, who earnestly contended for it, as persons in a combat or agony; they fought the good fight of faith valiantly, they endured hardness as good soldiers of Christ, and gave not way to the enemy, no, not for an hour: and all this was "in our God"; or "by the confidence" of our God, as the Syriac version renders it; trusting in him and relying upon him, being assisted by his grace, and strengthened by his power, and receiving much encouragement from a view of him as a covenant God; faith in God as a covenant God, will make a man bold in his cause; see Daniel 3:17. 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