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Dave Burnette's Commentary

1 Thessalonians Chapter 3  

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Paul
Date Penned: (51 AD)
Overview: Looking to the Lord in Trials and Persecution (c 1-5)
Theme: Faithfulness to the Lord (c 1-3)
Message: The Church's Report (v 1-17)

1 Thessalonians 3 Commentary

(3:1-13) Timothy's Good Report About the Church - Paul had been explaining to the Thessalonian believers why he and Silas had been unable to return to them. It had not been, as their detractors had said, because of fear or because they had been lying. Instead, Paul and Silas had wanted to come back but had been prevented by evil spiritual forces (2:18). However, they did not leave the young believers in Thessalonica without help—as the following verses explain.


Dave Burnette's Life Application

Stand Strong

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the book of 1st Thessalonians with Chapter 3 and in our text we see Paul encouraged by the good report of Timothy as this Church stood strong in the times of persecution as the body kept doing the will of the Father. In making application we see the Church will come under persecution again and the key is for the Body to stand strong in the Word and Spirit of the Lord as He will give us victory in the end. How about you? Will you stand when hard times come your way? Let us learn from our text today and the reminder of the Church in Thessalonica to stand strong in the Lord in times of persecution for the Lord will deliver us in the end. 


1 Thessalonians 3

1 Thessalonians 3

 1Wherefore when we could no longer forbear, we thought it good to be left at Athens alone;

 2And sent Timotheus, our brother, and minister of God, and our fellowlabourer in the gospel of Christ, to establish you, and to comfort you concerning your faith:

 3That no man should be moved by these afflictions: for yourselves know that we are appointed thereunto.

 4For verily, when we were with you, we told you before that we should suffer tribulation; even as it came to pass, and ye know.

 5For this cause, when I could no longer forbear, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter have tempted you, and our labour be in vain.

 6But now when Timotheus came from you unto us, and brought us good tidings of your faith and charity, and that ye have good remembrance of us always, desiring greatly to see us, as we also to see you:

 7Therefore, brethren, we were comforted over you in all our affliction and distress by your faith:

 8For now we live, if ye stand fast in the Lord.

 9For what thanks can we render to God again for you, for all the joy wherewith we joy for your sakes before our God;

 10Night and day praying exceedingly that we might see your face, and might perfect that which is lacking in your faith?

 11Now God himself and our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way unto you.

 12And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you:

 13To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.