- 1 Thessalonians 2:6-10
- 1 Th 2:6 (KJB)
- Nor of men sought we glory, neither of you, nor yet of others,
when we might have been burdensome, as the apostles of Christ.
- Burdensome - Weight or load
- Here the Apostle Paul continues his assurance to the Thessalonians that
he was not as many religious people were. Religious people glory in their
titles and even in the difference in religious apparel. Religious leaders
always dress differently from the population so they can be distinguished
and pointed out just as the Pharisees desired.
(Mat 23:7 KJV) And greetings in the markets,
and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi. Here the
Apostle Paul was not coming to seek any personal glory. He did not try to
exalt himself before to the Thessalonians and he did not try to glorify and
puff himself above any of the other Christians that he ministered to. Many
times Paul considered himself to be a servant not desiring any exalted
position. He came as an Apostle of Christ and would even do tent making
rather than be a burden to the Christians he ministered to. Glorification of
self is always fleeting and Paul never concerned himself with things like
that. His entire focus was on the Lord Jesus Christ and eternity. Paul told
the truth and that right there would not have won him any favor with anyone.
So just by his message, one could tell he was not trying to exalt himself.
- 1 Th 2:7 (KJB)
- But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth
- Gentle - Mild, soft, or kind
- Cherisheth - To comfort or foster with loving care
- Many times false teachers lay heavy burdens upon the people who join
with them and here the Apostle Paul is contrasting the attitude of a true
teacher versus a false teacher. As a true Apostle of the Lord Jesus, his
behavior was that of a nurse or a concerned parent caring for their child.
Since many were new Christians, they had to be treated with the utmost care
because if they are brought up caringly, then as they mature, they will
imitate the same traits which they were subjected to. Remember, they had
imitated the ways of the Apostle Paul and since he treated them gently, then
this way, they would, in turn treat others in the faith as gently as they
were treated. Paul cared for them as a parent cares for their children.
Since he started the church there, he wanted to bring those Christians along
in the love and nurture of the Lord.
- 1 Th 2:8 (KJB)
- So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have
imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own
souls, because ye were dear unto us.
- Being affectionately desirous - Long for and a desire that motivates one
- Imparted - Give over, share, or bestow
- Dear - Beloved
- Here is a verse which gives a great presentation of the whole gospel.
Christianity is not something which is just a sermon from a pulpit or tract
handing or even a Christian radio show. Those things are only part of it.
The essence of the true Gospel is that one is willing to give of themselves
to others. Paul had such an affectionate desire for the Thessalonians that
this desire motivated him to not only give them the Gospel, but he was
willing to give himself to them, and not just in a superficial manner. When
Paul states that he wants to give his soul for them, he is speaking of a
100% dedication to them, withholding nothing. Many Christians will volunteer
to do things but only if it does not interfere with other things. How many
would be willing to give themselves totally over to a need or a person at
hand? That is the acid test. Dedication and commitment are two major tenets
of the Christian life. Christianity is a selfless life and not a selfish
life. Paul saw the Thessalonians as beloved in his eyes and also in the
Lordís eyes. If Paul saw these Christians as beloved, the Lord would also
see them as dear since it was He who died for them and dispatched Paul to
grow and nurture them.
- 1 Th 2:9 (KJB)
- For ye remember, brethren, our labour and travail: for labouring
night and day, because we would not be chargeable unto any of you, we
preached unto you the gospel of God.
- Travail - Toil, hardship, exertion
- Chargeable - Burden
- Preached - Proclaimed, declared, or heralded
- Paul is having them remember when he was there that he engaged in much
labor which resulted in much travail. He continuously labored for them
because his sincere desire was that he would not become a burden to any of
them. He was seeing how they would use their money to send forth the Gospel
and he did not want to use any of those funds for his personal use plus this
way no one could ever accuse him of being in the ministry for financial
gain. Paul was willing to work part of the day and then the rest of the day
proclaim the Gospel. This is a good example for all Christians. Those who
hold a full time job are not hindered by that job to bring the Gospel to
others. Even if you are required to work long hours, there is always a lunch
room where you can place some tracts. Place a Gospel sticker on your car and
park close to an entrance where it will get maximum exposure and if the Lord
opens the spiritual ears of anyone, they will find you. Basically, this
verse is giving a principle that each one who does have a job can fund their
own ministry as Paul did and it can be just as effective as those who do
ministry 8 to 5. I donít like to use the term full time ministry because
every Christian is in full time ministry. The problem is that too many make
excuses for themselves as to why they cannot get involved. Sending money to
missions is fine and should be done but as we saw in the previous verse
there must be personal involvement as well. We always seem to find enough
time to watch TV, weekend sports, or games on line but there never seems to
be enough time to buy a pack of tracts and hit the streets. If we really did
an assessment of our Christian walk, how many of us could honestly say that
we are as committed as the Apostle Paul? I dare to say, not many.
- 1 Th 2:10 (KJB)
- Ye are witnesses, and God also, how holily and
justly and unblameably we behaved ourselves among you that believe:
- Holily - Devoutly, oneís actions and attitudes in relation to God
- Justly - Righteously
- Paul states that the Thessalonians are witness to the fact that he and
his company had impeccable behavior. In fact, Paul not only states the
Thessalonians are witness to this but Paul calls upon the name of God, that
He too, is a witness to the actions and motives of Paul and his party.
(Prov 15:3 KJV) The eyes of the LORD
are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.
Paul knew these Scriptures that the eyes of the Lord are
everywhere, seeing both evil and good. Paul did not have any qualms about
stating that God too was his witness. In contrast to the actions and greed
of the false teachers who were in religion just to make a name for
themselves and make money, Paul and his band had the purest of motives in
bringing the Gospel. They were very devout in their actions and they were
always focused upon bringing the Gospel and seeing people become saved and
matured in the faith. The false teachers would just preach their deceptions
and then would take up the offering. False teachers are always a burden to
those whom they come to. Their motives are unholy, unjust, and definitely
blameworthy and that goes right down to the present.