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Brotherly Love
1 Thessalonians 4:9-12
Continue to grow where there is evidence of grace
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Published March 1st, 2021
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1 Thessalonians 4:9-12
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1 Thessalonians 4:9-12 ESV
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1 Thessalonians 4:9-12
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9 Now concerning v brotherly love w you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves have been x taught by God y to love one another, 10 for that indeed is what z you are doing to all the brothers throughout Macedonia. But we urge you, brothers, to a do this more and more, 11 and to aspire b to live quietly, and c to mind your own affairs, and d to work with your hands, as we instructed you, 12 so that you may e walk properly before f outsiders and be dependent on no one.
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Greeting [1:1] Main Body [1:2-5:22] The Gospel in the Thessalonian Church [1:2-3:13] Reflecting and rejoicing in the Thessalonians reception of the Gospel [1:2-2:16] The Thessalonians’ reception of the gospel and example [1:2-10] Paul’s genuine shepherding of the Thessalonians [2:1-12] Suffering and afflictions because of their reception of the gospel [2:13-16] Paul’s Desire to be with the church [2:17-3:10] Paul hindered from visiting [2:17-20] Sending of Timothy to encourage and exhort in their affliction for fear of apostasy [3:1-5] Timothy’s positive report of their faith and love [3:6-10] Prayer for the Thessalonians [3:11-13] Exhortation [4:1-5:22] Pursue Holiness [4:1-8] Continue to grow in love for the Brothers [4:9-12] Doctrinal Correction: The Day of the Lord [4:13-5:11] Bodily resurrection of those who have died before Christ’s return [4:13-18] Christ’s sudden return [5:1-11] Final Exhortations [5:12-22] Regarding leadership [5:12-13a] Regarding each other [5:13b-15] Regarding yourself [5:16-22] 3. Benediction and Salutation [5:23-28]
Observations and Questions
Observations v.11 ESV,NET: "and to aspire to live/lead" CSB: "seek to lead" NIV: "make it your ambition to lead" NLT: "Make it your goal to live" "aspire" and "ambition" give the charge to live a quiet life more of an intense pursuit than just "seek to lead" or "make if your goal". v.12 ESV: "walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one " NET: "live a decent life before outsiders and not be in need" CSB: "behave properly in the presence of outsiders and not be dependent on anyone " NIV: "daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody " NLT: "non believers will respect the way you live, and you will not need to depend on others " ESV,NET,CSB "walk properly" is more emphasizing having proper conduct before nonbelievers NIV, NLT "win the respect" is more focused on the result of having proper conduct before nonbelievers, namely getting the nonbeliever to respect the way you live. ESV,CSB,NIV,NLT "not need to depend on other" NET "not be in need" Questions How is aspiring to live quietly, minding your own affairs, and working with your own hands related to loving the brothers? Why does Paul add these commands to his urging them to continue to love the brothers? Why is the way outsiders view them and their independence from others the purpose for living that way? Is it?
Paraphrase
Main Point Summary: Though it is evident that the Lord is at work in you to love one another, we urge you to continue growing in brotherly love. Now regarding brotherly love, you don't need any further teaching because God has already taught you how to love one another. I know this to be true because it is evident that He has been at work in you by the way you have loved the brothers all throughout Macedonia. But even though it is evident that the Lord is at work in you, we urge you to grow in your love for one another more and more. Love one another by earnestly seeking to live a peaceable life and do not get entangled with that are not of your concern and work to support yourself as we have told you before so that the way you live will be appropriate before non-believers and so that you aren't dependent on anyone. ** Discourse module would not save an add to this page.
Meditations and Takeaways
Even if we see major evidences of grace in our life, we should never stop seeking to grow and mature in that area of our life.
Next Steps
My next steps would be to study the pastoral epistles using these tools. First I will begin by outlining the text and coming up with a study plan. I would also like to continue in the path courses by taking the bracketing, phrasing, and didactics courses.
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