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God communicates in words proclaimed, received, accepted, and now at work among believers
1 Thessalonians 2:13
There is a river flowing right through the middle of God's eternal city. We may indeed be refreshed by its waters even now.
Psalms 46
Arc.
1 Peter 5:12-14
An exhortation from a fellow elder.
1 Peter 5:1-11
Arc.
1 Peter 4:12-19
...therefore live so as to magnify Christ.
1 Peter 4:7-11
A knotty passage indeed!
1 Peter 3:18-22
Arc.
1 Peter 3:13-17
Arc.
1 Peter 3:1-7
Arc.
1 Peter 2:18-25
Arc.
1 Peter 2:11-17
An Exhortation to Gospel-Rooted Love
1 Peter 1:22-2:3
Arc.
1 Peter 1:13-21
A Greeting Packed Full with Theological Truth
1 Peter 1:1-5
Christ fulfills Psalm 8 on our behalf
Hebrews 2:5-18
Jesus: the exact and perfect revelation of God
Hebrews 1:1-14
Arc.
Romans 7:13-25
The Hour has Come.
John 12:20-26
Light From the Father.
John 12:44-50
The Nature of Unbelief.
John 12:37-43
Sons of Light.
John 12:27-36
Sons of Light.
John 12:27-36
Arc.
Philippians 3:12-16
Arc.
Philippians 3:7-11
Arc.
Philippians 3:17-4:1
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2 Timothy 3:10-17
Arc.
Philippians 1:3-11
Destroying Strongholds
2 Corinthians 10:1-6
Central Idea: Paul declares that he is going to defend himself so that the accusation of inconsisten...
2 Corinthians 10:7-11
Central Idea: Paul declares he would not dare to join the fray of 'ministry comparisons.
2 Corinthians 10:12-18
Central Idea: Paul asks the Corinthians to bear with him as he enters into the foolishness of boasti...
2 Corinthians 11:1-6
Central Idea:   All praise to God for the treasure of blessings we have in Christ, namely: He c...
Ephesians 1:3-14
Central Idea: Paul will not give an inch in this matter of preaching free of charge.
2 Corinthians 11:7-15
Central Idea: Paul, finally ready to meet boasting with boasting, makes an ironical appeal: "You've ...
2 Corinthians 11:16-21
Central Idea: Having unraveled all his opponents' categories of boasting (v.
2 Corinthians 11:30-33
Central Idea: Paul will go on to speak of his visions, however to boast of such things is a worthless exercise in self-promotion.
2 Corinthians 12:1-10
Central Idea: None of this has been for Paul's sake (in self-defense) but for their sake; His fear i...
2 Corinthians 12:19-21
Central Idea: Paul sighs, "Ugh! It's done.
2 Corinthians 12:11-18
Central Idea: Paul addresses a supposed implication of 5:20, ".
Romans 6:1-14
Central Idea: Paul's prayers of thanksgiving for the Colossian believers are in response to Epaphras...
Colossians 1:3-8
Central Idea: Paul relates the substance of his prayers on behalf of the Colossian believers: that t...
Colossians 1:9-14
Central Idea: Paul's prayer for the Colossians overflows into a hymn of praise declaring the glories...
Colossians 1:15-20
Central Idea: Paul calls the Colossians to not allow the intruders to either pass judgment on them o...
Colossians 2:16-23
Central Idea: In contrast to those that would steer them away from Christ, Paul calls the Colossians...
Colossians 3:1-4
Central Idea: The direct inference from setting one's mind on heavenly things is the command, "put to death what is earthly in you.
Colossians 3:5-11
Central Idea: Here is the practical culmination of all that Paul has been driving toward: Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.
Colossians 3:12-17
Central Idea: Paul details what it looks like to obey v.
Colossians 3:18-4:1
I'm curious to see how others arc v.
Mark 2:18-20
Central Idea: God has graciously and abundantly provided all that we need to live in godliness.
2 Peter 1:3-11
Central Idea: Because growth in Christian maturity is not automatic, Peter will confidently remind h...
2 Peter 1:12-15
Central Idea: Paul exhorts his readers to walk in sacrificial love which stands in sharp contrast to...
Ephesians 5:1-14
This a simplified alternate to my arc "Walk as Children of Light.
Ephesians 5:1-14
Apposition = two words or phrases side by side performing the same grammatical role in a sentence.
Titus 2:11-14
Summary:   In the fear of God, Paul persuades others because he is controlled by the love of Christ.
2 Corinthians 5:11-21
Summary: It is not to angels that God has subjected the world to come; It is subjected to The Man, (...
Hebrews 2:5-9
The emphasis that began in chapter 1 concerning what we have "in Christ" continues.
Ephesians 2:11-22
I found this to be a very difficult passage to arc but, as always, worth the effort of pressing on u...
Ephesians 3:1-13
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Encouragement from a Fledgling Church
1 Thessalonians 2:17-3:13
Satan may be powerful, but God is sovereign!
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Published December 17th, 2015
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Arc  (I've left several propositions together for a more condensed arc. My aim is to highlight the big picture flow of Paul's logic.)
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Arc (I've left several propositions together for a more condensed arc. My aim is to highlight the big picture flow of Paul's logic.)
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But since we were torn away from you, brothers, for a short time, x in person not in heart,
we endeavored the more eagerly and with great desire y to see you face to face ,
because we wanted to come to you—I, Paul, again and again—
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but Satan z hindered us.
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For what is our hope or a joy or crown of boasting b before our Lord Jesus at his c coming? Is it not you? For you are our glory and joy.
Therefore when we could bear it no longer, we were willing d to be left behind at Athens alone, and we e sent Timothy , f our brother and God’s coworker 1 in the gospel of Christ,
to establish and exhort you in your faith,
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that no one be moved by these afflictions.
For you yourselves know that g we are destined for this. For when we were with you, we kept telling you beforehand that we were to suffer affliction, h just as it has come to pass, and just as you know.
For this reason, i when I could bear it no longer, i I sent to learn about your faith ,
j for fear that somehow k the tempter had tempted you and l our labor would be in vain.
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But m now that Timothy has come to us from you, and has brought us the good news of n your faith and love and reported o that you always remember us kindly and p long to see us, as we long to see you—
for this reason, brothers, 1 in all our distress and affliction q we have been comforted about you through your faith.
For now we live, if you r are standing fast in the Lord.
For s what thanksgiving can we return to God for you, for all the joy that we feel for your sake before our God,
as we pray most earnestly t night and day u that we may see you face to face and v supply what is lacking in your faith?
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Now may w our God and Father himself, and our Lord Jesus, x direct our way to you ,
and may the Lord y make you increase and abound in love z for one another and for all, as we do for you,
so that he may a establish your hearts blameless in holiness before w our God and Father, at b the coming of our Lord Jesus c with all his saints.
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1438046030091 Arc (I've left several propositions together for a more condensed arc. My aim is to highlight the big picture flow of Paul's logic.) 1439462979 1439778757 editing NT 52 2 17 3 13 1 Thessalonians 2:17-3:13 esv mine But since we were torn away from you, brothers, for a short time, x in person not in heart, i1 we endeavored the more eagerly and with great desire y to see you face to face , i19 because we wanted to come to you—I, Paul, again and again— i2 i29 ground 1 but Satan z hindered us. i20 i50 concessive 1 1 For what is our hope or a joy or crown of boasting b before our Lord Jesus at his c coming? Is it not you? For you are our glory and joy. i3 i44 ground 1 Therefore when we could bear it no longer, we were willing d to be left behind at Athens alone, and we e sent Timothy , f our brother and God’s coworker 1 in the gospel of Christ, i5 to establish and exhort you in your faith, i21 i22 actionpurpose 2 that no one be moved by these afflictions. i7 i23 actionpurpose 2 For you yourselves know that g we are destined for this. For when we were with you, we kept telling you beforehand that we were to suffer affliction, h just as it has come to pass, and just as you know. i18 i26 ground 1 For this reason, i when I could bear it no longer, i I sent to learn about your faith , i9 j for fear that somehow k the tempter had tempted you and l our labor would be in vain. i27 i28 ground 1 i25 ideaexplanation 1 i53 inference 2 But m now that Timothy has come to us from you, and has brought us the good news of n your faith and love and reported o that you always remember us kindly and p long to see us, as we long to see you— i10 for this reason, brothers, 1 in all our distress and affliction q we have been comforted about you through your faith. i11 For now we live, if you r are standing fast in the Lord. i12 i51 ground 1 For s what thanksgiving can we return to God for you, for all the joy that we feel for your sake before our God, i13 as we pray most earnestly t night and day u that we may see you face to face and v supply what is lacking in your faith? i14 i48 actionmanner 1 2 i52 actionresult 2 i49 actionresult 2 Now may w our God and Father himself, and our Lord Jesus, x direct our way to you , i15 and may the Lord y make you increase and abound in love z for one another and for all, as we do for you, i16 so that he may a establish your hearts blameless in holiness before w our God and Father, at b the coming of our Lord Jesus c with all his saints. i17 i36 actionpurpose 2 i35 series i43 progression i42 situationresponse 2 1 1 90 80 60 esv 363 a 325 discourse 11439462978948
Notes
More often than not, Paul was forced to leave a newly formed community of believers much sooner than he would have preferred. It was particularly heart-wrenching in the case of the Thessalonian church. In this passage, Paul details the Progression of his actions in Response to his forced departure. His response develops through four stages: (v. 17-20) He and his co-workers earnestly sought to return to Thessalonica but were met with insurmountable obstacles, which Paul clearly recognizes as from Satan's hand. (v.1-5) Paul knows Satan's schemes and acknowledges his concern for their vulnerability and so, unable to bear the burden of separation any longer, Paul remains alone in Athens and sends Timothy. (v.6-10) Upon Timothy's return with a report full of good news, Paul's spirit is lifted, his heart is full of joy, his prayers overflow with thanks to God. And significantly, Paul is stirred to pray all the more that he might be granted opportunity to see them. (v.11-13) Finally, even as he writes this letter, Paul gives expression to his prayers. It is God who alone opens the doors and directs his steps. It is God alone who will guard and establish the Thessalonians' hearts. In summary, Paul's ministry and the prayers that drive that ministry are under this banner: Satan may be powerful but God is sovereign!
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1438046030091 Notes 1438046030 1439780207 More often than not, Paul was forced to leave a newly formed community of believers much sooner than he would have preferred. It was particularly heart-wrenching in the case of the Thessalonian church. In this passage, Paul details the Progression of his actions in Response to his forced departure. His response develops through four stages: (v. 17-20) He and his co-workers earnestly sought to return to Thessalonica but were met with insurmountable obstacles, which Paul clearly recognizes as from Satan's hand. (v.1-5) Paul knows Satan's schemes and acknowledges his concern for their vulnerability and so, unable to bear the burden of separation any longer, Paul remains alone in Athens and sends Timothy. (v.6-10) Upon Timothy's return with a report full of good news, Paul's spirit is lifted, his heart is full of joy, his prayers overflow with thanks to God. And significantly, Paul is stirred to pray all the more that he might be granted opportunity to see them. (v.11-13) Finally, even as he writes this letter, Paul gives expression to his prayers. It is God who alone opens the doors and directs his steps. It is God alone who will guard and establish the Thessalonians' hearts. In summary, Paul's ministry and the prayers that drive that ministry are under this banner: Satan may be powerful but God is sovereign! notes 11438046030327
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JamesCWilliams
Hey Mike, I'm arcing/bracketing through the book of 1 Thess. in a small bible study group and I noticed your work posted here so I thought I would check it out.  I had a question that arose with regards to vs. 18a-18b.  I also used the csv relationship to connect 17b-18a-b, however I had my label flipped the opposite direction.  So my paraphrase would sound something like this:  Even though we endeavored to see you, because we wanted to come to you, nevertheless Satan hindered us.  So my question is this:  Is what's being conceded the fact that Paul endeavored to see them, or that Satan hindered them? If in in fact what is being conceded is that Paul endeavored to see them, (which is what i was concluding) then the fact that Satan hindered them is the main point.  And if so, then the following statement in vs. 19-20 becomes the ground for "Why Satan hindered us".  I thought this was interesting to consider and wanted to ask your thoughts on it.  Hopefully you can follow my writing :).  Thanks Mike.
Michael Lane
I don't recall all that I thought through in wrestling with this, but I know I considered the concessive as you describe. I think it makes best sense that 17b is the main point and that 19-20 gives the reason for the efforts to see them.
As I look at it now, I think I have the concessive label wrong. Still, there may be a way through:
18a - Csv - though we wanted to come...
18b - nevertheless Satan hindered us.
These two together Ground 17b - therefore we endeavored the more eagerly to see you.
Then 17b-18b is Grounded by 19-20.
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