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TODAY ALONG THE WAY Paul's threefold commendation in 1 Thessalonians 1:3 is one any sincere believer would be pleased to receive.The Thessalonians were known for their diligent work in spreading the gospel and for their endurance under severe trial--all of which were inspired by their faith, love and hope in Jesus Christ.As the capital city of the province of Macedonia, Thessalonica boasted a strategically-located harbor filled with ships from throughout the Roman Empire.The main highway from Rome to the East passed through the city as well, and the nearby hot springs of Therma were world-famous.The resulting transformation of their lives caused others to take note and comment. Those who heard about the Thessalonians’ change in lifestyle also learned about the gospel message that prompted it.In this way their lives became a sounding board that amplified the truth of the gospel, causing it to “ring out” from Thessalonica to the surrounding regions (vv. The ultimate focus of their message was Jesus, God’s resurrected and coming Son who rescues us from the judgment to come.1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 - Poet Emily Dickinson observed, “A word is dead when it’s been said, some say.I say it just begins to live that day.” This is especially true when it comes to God’s words. One proof of this is the effect that the gospel had on those who heard it in Thessalonica. The gospel’s power is also demonstrated in its capacity to transform those who believe its message.

Grace and peace come only from being in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

This may be a reference to the opposition he experienced while in Thessalonica and later in Berea.

By following Paul’s example, the Thessalonians became imitators of Christ and channels of God’s love.

Paul may have stayed several more months in Thessalonica, ministering among the Gentiles.

However long his ministry, Paul planted a church there and felt a deep love for the Thessalonian believers.

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