24 April 2015

Bible Study

1 Timothy 2:13-16


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A1 Scripture

B1 Because of this we also give thanks to God unceasingly, so that when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you received not the word of men, but just as it truly is, the word of God, which also is at work in you that believe. For you, brothers, became imitators of the churches of God which are in Judea in Christ Jesus, because you suffered the same things from your fellow countrymen, just as they did from the Jews, who killed both the Lord Jesus and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they do not please God and are hostile to all men, forbidding us from speaking to the Gentiles so that they may be saved, so as always to fill up the measure of their sins; but the wrath of God has come upon them to the uttermost. (1 Thessalonians 2:13-16, EMTV)

B2 And there is another reason why we always give thanks to God. When we brought you God's message, you heard it and accepted it, not as a message from human beings but as God's message, which indeed it is. For God is at work in you who believe. Our friends, the same things happened to you that happened to the churches of God in Judea, to the people there who belong to Christ Jesus. You suffered the same persecutions from your own people that they suffered from the Jews, who killed the Lord Jesus and the prophets, and persecuted us. How displeasing they are to God! How hostile they are to everyone! They even tried to stop us from preaching to the Gentiles the message that would bring them salvation. In this way they have brought to completion all the sins they have always committed. And now God's anger has at last come down on them! (1 Thessalonians 2:13-16, GNB92)


A2 Outline--Their conversion

B1 Thanks to God

B2 The Word of God--Gospel

C1 Received

D1 From their preaching

D2 Treated as

E1 Not word of men

E2 Word of God

C2 Effects

D1 Believers

E1 Imitators

F1 Of Christian congregations in Judea

F2 Persecuted

E2 Believers

D2 Unbelievers

E1 Persecutors

F1 Killed the Lord Jesus

F2 Killed their prophets

F3 Persecute Christians

E2 Unpleasing

F1 To God

F2 To all people

E3 Forbid

F1 Preaching the Gospel to Gentiles

F2 Prevent salvation of people

E4 Results

F1 Sin

F2 Wrath of God


A3 Notes

B1 Verse 13

C1 Thankfulness is a mark of a true Christian

D1 Thankfulness is to recognize the kindness of help received.

D2 Jesus was thankful

E1 And He took the seven loaves and the fish, and having given thanks, He broke them, and gave them to His disciples; and the disciples gave to the crowd. (Matthew 15:36, EMTV)

E2 Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, "Drink of it, all of you, (Matthew 26:27, EMTV)

D3 The Apostles and early Christians were thankful

E1 And from there the brothers, when they heard about our circumstances, they came to meet with us as far as Appii Forum and Three Inns, whom when Paul saw, he gave thanks to God and took courage. (Acts 28:15, EMTV)

E2 In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians 5:18, EMTV)

D4 Non-Christians typically are not thankful

E1 Because, having known God, they did not glorify Him as God, or give thanks, but became vain in their reasonings, and their foolish heart was darkened. (Romans 1:21, EMTV)

C2 Word of God

D1 Can refer to

E1 Scriptures

E2 Jesus

E3 Gospel As it is used here, it refers to the Gospel, the Good News, itself.

D2 Faith is believing God

E1 The Thessalonians believed that yes, they are not good people, and yes, they deserve punishment.

E2 Jesus is the only savior from this situation and punishment.

E3 They believed it was not just some guys telling some tales or philosophy but truly believed it for what it is--God's message.

E4 God's gospel, His word, is the medicine that cures the world's ills, but people must not be noncompliant to this doctor's prescription.

E5 Cross references

F1 You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. (John 15:3, EMTV)

F2 Sanctify them by Your truth; Your word is truth. (John 17:17, EMTV)

F3 But thanks be to God, that though you used to be slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from your heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. And having been freed from sin, you became enslaved to righteousness. (Romans 6:17-18, EMTV)

B2 Verse 14

C1 The things that happened to the Christians in Judea are now happening to them.

C2 People still have the true God, the true message, their true condition, and their true future punishment.

C3 To shut this truth up, the rejecters persecute, even kill us.

B3 Verse 15

C2 Those, who hate and reject God, killed Jesus Christ, the true prophets, the believers, and any who wants to follow and obey God.

C3 They are described as "not pleasing God," and "hostile to all people."

B4 Verse 16

C1 Some of these not-pleasing-God and hostile-to-all-people actives are

D1 Forbidding the preaching of the Gospel

D2 Sin

C2 Some of the punishment from God for this is God's wrath.

D1 Temporal punishments (not all are from God but may be. Use caution).

D2 Spiritual punishments

D3 Eternal punishments

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