"Living Skillfully with Opposition”
1 Thes. 2:13-16
Dec 28th 2014
How to Live Skillfully with Opposition to Your Faith
I. Receive the Word of God which is at Work in You(13)
13 And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers.
1 Corinthians 1:18
18 For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
II. Imitate those Walking in the Word of God in Difficult Circumstances (14a)
14a For you, brothers, became imitators of the churches of God in Christ Jesus that are in Judea.
III. Expect Opposition to the Word of God - (Unfortunately, its Common). 14b-15a
14b For you suffered the same things from your own countrymen as they did from the Jews,
15a who killed both the Lord Jesus and the prophets, and drove us out,
We need to keep perspective as we think of the death of Christ.
1 Cor. 2:8 None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
Hebrews 2:9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.
IV. Persevere in sharing the Word of God (15b-16a)
15b and displease God and oppose all mankind
16a by hindering us from speaking to the Gentiles that they might be saved
V. Remember the Word of God Explains the Wrath of God (16b)
16b—so as always to fill up the measure of their sins. But wrath has come upon them at last!