Examples to Other Believers (1:6-10)
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serve the living and true God, wait for His Son.
1. 1. He is diligent (3).
2. He is an imitator of the Lord and
of the ministers of the gospel (6)
3. He stands firm on the word of God
and rejoices in the Holy Spirit in the face of afflictions (6)
4. His example of faith serves as a
living testimony (7-10).
1. He recognizes
them as partakers of the work of the gospel and respects them as his fellow
workers. To him, his work is a collective effort rather than a personal
2. “Grace” refers
to unmerited divine favor, through which God gives believers the free gift of
eternal life. After our conversion, God’s grace continues to benefit us in many
ways, including more tangible blessings such as healing, deliverance from
trouble, and the gifts of the Holy Spirit, or the less tangible, such as
forgiveness of sins, comfort and strength from the Holy Spirit, divine
preservation, faith, and love.
to confidence before God that comes from a reconciled relationship with God
through Jesus Christ. It also denotes the inner peace in Jesus Christ in the
midst of trying circumstances.
Grace and peace
are precious gifts that God has promised to believers, and they can only come
from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Thus, these words of greeting
are a benediction and a prayer for continual divine favor.
3. He always
remembers the believers he ministers to and offers thanksgiving and prayers on
4a. Work of
faith. A believer who has true faith in the Lord will do what the Lord
4b. Labor of
love. A believer who has love will willingly endeavor and make sacrifices for
the good of others.
4c. Patience of
hope. A believer who hopes for the promises of God and the coming of the Lord
Jesus Christ will wait patiently and persevere to the end.
5. From the
following we can see that Paul attributes the qualities to God the Father and
the Lord Jesus Christ:
1. He gives thanks to God when he
remembers their diligence (2).
2. He states that these qualities and
their fruits are “in our Lord Jesus Christ.” In other words, it is only in the
Lord Jesus Christ that these are possible (3).
3. He knows that they have such
qualities because of God’s election (4).
6. 1. In word—This
is the most basic means through which the gospel reaches the hearer (cf. Rom
10:14). The preacher must explain the word of God clearly so as to lead the
listener to the faith.
2. In power—Through divine acts, such
as miraculous signs and wonders, God confirms the message of the gospel so that
the hearers of the gospel submit to Christ (Mk 16:20; Acts 6:8; Rom 15:18-19;
2Cor 10:3-5; Heb 2:3-4).
3. In the Holy Spirit—The Holy Spirit
gives power, boldness, and wisdom to the preacher of the gospel (Lk 12:12; Acts 1:8; 4:31; 6:10; Rom 15:19).
4. In much assurance—The preacher of the gospel must firmly believes in his
message and has deep rooted faith in the Lord Jesus. Then he will not be
ashamed of the gospel (2Tim 1:12) and will convince his hearer that the message
is trustworthy. Such conviction comes from personal experience (Acts 4:20; 1Jn
5. Personal conduct (“as you know what
kind of men we were among you for your sake”)—The
preacher’s conduct speaks volumes about the message he preaches. His good deeds
and transformed life are a powerful testimony that can win the listener over
(Acts 11:24; Tit 2:9-10; 1Pet 2:12; 3:1,15-17)
7a. They received the word in much affliction. This indicates
that they had a strong conviction and a genuine faith in the Lord.
7b. They were able to have joy in their affliction, and this joy
came from the Holy Spirit.
8. As followers
of the Lord Jesus Christ, we need to imitate the Lord as well as those who
imitate Him so that we can become like Christ (Mt 11:29; 1Cor 11:1; Php 4:9; 1Jn 3:2-3). As we gradually grow to be more mature
through imitating the Lord, we can become examples to other believers so as to
motivate them to grow spiritually. Therefore, the ultimate goal of our personal
growth is to let others see the Lord Jesus in us so that they may also draw
near to Him.
9a. The word of the Lord and their faith toward God (8).
9b. We need to actively share the gospel so that all those
around us may hear the word. While doing so, we also need to be examples to
those who hear the gospel. If we stand firmly in the faith and bear fruits in
our Christian walk, our example will be a testimony to the word of God and will
help strengthen others’ faith.
10. 1. Turning to God from idols (9).
2. Serving the living and true God
3. Waiting for the Son of God from
11. We were under
God’s wrath because of our former rebellion and were bound for judgment and
condemnation. But our Lord Jesus died for our sins and was raised to life by
God’s power. Through faith in the Lord Jesus, who has paid for our sins, we are
delivered from God’s wrath and will be brought to His eternal kingdom when the
Lord comes again. This is our hope of salvation.