Faith in Affliction
1 Thessalonians 2:17-3:5
The most precious gift from God:  Our Faith
Shared July 24th, 2016; Updated July 25th, 2016
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[ Build up one another in the faith. It anchors you in affliction. It enables you to resist temptation. It moves you to action. ]
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1 Thessalonians 2:17-3:5
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Separated in affliction
But since we were torn away
Ground 1
from you,
Separation
brothers,
Description
for a short time,
Temporal
in person
Manner-Literal
not in heart,
Negative
we endeavored ... to see you
face to face,
Manner
the more eagerly (with eagerness)
Accompaniment
and with great desire
because we wanted to come to you—
Ground 2
I, Paul, again and again—
Distinction
but Satan hindered us.
For what is our hope
Question
or joy
or crown
of boasting
Reference
before our Lord Jesus
Locative
at his coming?
Is it not you?
Answer
For you are our glory
Ground
and joy.
Faith needed in affliction to anchor you
when we could bear it no longer,
Therefore ... we were willing to be left behind
at Athens
alone,
and we sent Timothy,
our brother
and God’s coworker
in the gospel of Christ,
Context
to establish ... you
Purpose
and exhort
in your faith,
that no one be moved
Result
by these afflictions.
Means
Faith needed in affliction to resist temptation
For you yourselves know
that we are destined for this.
Content
when we were with you,
For ... we kept telling you beforehand
that we were to suffer affliction,
just as it has come to pass,
Comparison
and just as you know.
For this reason,
when I could bear it no longer,
I sent to learn about your faith,
for fear that somehow the tempter had tempted you
and our labor would be in vain.
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