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1 Thessalonians 1:9-10 What Are You Turning From Today?
Last time we looked at 1 Thessalonians 6-8. In that passage we saw that the people in Thessalonica were following Paul and the Lord. In other words Paul was an example to them, and Paul taught them. This was evident in their lives, because they had now become an example to others. They were living out their faith and telling others in the region. They were so successful that others were talking about how these Christians were living and how their lives had changed.
Today we continue this passage.
9 For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God;
10 And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.
Paul, states that others are talking about how the people welcomed Paul, Timothy and Silas and how the people turned from idols. Most of the population were Greek. They certainly had many idols. Yet, the change in these people’s lives were obvious. They turned from what they worshipped and now worshipped the true God.
In verse 10 the people tell about how the church was waiting for the Lord’s return. And how the fact that God raised Jesus from the dead, is the basis as to why we won’t face the wrath of God. The wrath of God could be at the tribulation, as well as the final judgment. Either way, those that are saved will not face God’s wrath, because of what Jesus did. The evidence of this hope, what they are basing their hope on one big fact. The resurrection of Jesus.
Over the past few verses we see how these people were living out their faith, but now we really see why. They are basing their hope, and the return of Jesus Christ. In other words they simply believe that he was crucified, he was buried and he was raised from the dead. Knowing this, they to believe that in Christ they will live as well and not face the wrath of God.
What is even just as important is that others, non-Christians, were hearing what these people believed. Not only were they hearing it, but they saw the evidence of their hope, because these people actually made decisions in their daily life based on the fact that Jesus was returning.
What does it reveal about a person who is waiting for his Lord to return?
They weren’t looking back at the birth of Jesus? They were looking forward to what will happen.
My question to us is do others know what our hope is in? Do others know what we believe? And just as important is do they see that our actions backup what we say we believe.
Do they see that the way we live is based on an eternal perspective or worldly perspective?
Have we broken our idols and turned to serve the one true God?
The bottom line is that Paul mentions three proofs that these Christians were genuine.
- They turned from idols
- They served the living God
- The waited for the Lord’s return
My last questions for you today is…
What are you waiting for today?
Who are you serving today?
What are you turning from today?
Tell me what you think below.