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1 Thessalonians 2-4
"Church politics" has existed right from the beginning because it's the result of human nature, that has existed right from the beginning. Paul (see Paul's Ministry) was no "politician" or "diplomat"; he simply preached ("to deliver a sermon") and taught ("to impart skills or knowledge") the Gospel Truth to those who had a mind to listen, without fear of, or favor toward, anyone, anywhere: "2:5 For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloak of covetousness; God is witness: 2:6 Nor of men sought we glory, neither of you, nor yet of others, when we might have been burdensome, as the apostles of Christ" (1 Thessalonians 2:5-6 KJV). Paul made his light shine without shadows (see Shading The Truth).
"2:1 For yourselves, brethren, know our entrance in unto you, that it was not in vain: 2:2 But even after that we had suffered before, and were shamefully entreated, as ye know, at Philippi, we were bold in our God to speak unto you the gospel of God [see The Gospel of The Kingdom of God] with much contention. 2:3 For our exhortation was not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile: 2:4 But as we were allowed of God to be put in Trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts. 2:5 For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloak of covetousness; God is witness [see Glass Houses]: 2:6 Nor of men sought we glory, neither of you, nor yet of others, when we might have been burdensome, as the Apostles of Christ.
1 Thessalonians Chapter 3
Timotheos (i.e. Timothy) was a close and faithful friend and associate of Paul i.e. "3:2 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 (1 Thessalonians 3:3 KJV). Timothy is mentioned prominently in Paul's letters to the churches (see Epistles), including those that were addressed to Timothy directly.
"3:1 Wherefore when we could no longer forbear, we thought it good to be left at Athens alone; 3:2 And 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: 3:3 That no man should be moved by these afflictions: for yourselves know that we are appointed thereunto. 3:4 For verily, when we were with you, we told you before that we should suffer tribulation [see Trials and Tribulations]; even as it came to pass, and ye know. 3:5 For 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.
1 Thessalonians Chapter 4
True Christian Living is based upon obedience to The Lord's Commandments (see How To Be A True Christian - Lesson 1, How To Be A True Christian - Lesson 2, How To Be A True Christian - Lesson 3, How To Be A True Christian - Lesson 4, How To Be A True Christian - Lesson 5, How To Be A True Christian - Lesson 6, How To Be A True Christian - Lesson 7, How To Be A True Christian - Lesson 8, How To Be A True Christian - Lesson 9 and How To Be A True Christian - Lesson 10) and observance of The Lord's Holy Days (see Christ's Passover, Christ's Feast of Unleavened Bread, Christ's Pentecost, Christ's Feast of Trumpets, Christ's Day Of Atonement, Christ's Feast of Tabernacles and Christ's Eighth Day; see also The Lord's Holy Day Calendar page for Holy Day Sermons).
"4:1 Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God [listen to the Sermons First Day of Unleavened Bread: Beginning The Journey To Salvation and Seventh Day of Unleavened Bread: The Road To Life from our Sermons page], so ye would abound more and more. 4:2 For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus.
One of the most plain explanations of the first resurrection, which will occur at the time of Christ's return, is found in these verses; all of God's true people from throughout all time, will be resurrected from the dead, or changed to spirit if alive that day (see When Will You Be Judged? and Could Christ Return Tonight?).
"4:13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep [see What Happens When You Die?], that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. 4:14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 4:15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God [see Christ's Feast of Trumpets; listen also to the Sermon The Feast of Trumpets: Birthday Of The Church from our Sermons page]: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 4:17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, To Meet The Lord In The Air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 4:18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words." (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 KJV)
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