First Thessalonians Paul’s Second Missionary Journey Results – CONTINUE

Dr William t. Bailey,
SGWTBM
OCTOBER 8, 2018

PRAISE THE LORD SAINTS!  It is inporant for us to know and to understand our doctrine of Faith and in what we believe. Peter warns us that in the last days, scoffers will come:
Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.

It is necessary and notwworthy that we know the times and seasons that we live in today!

I will cover 4 main points Paul makes in 1st Thessalonians:

  1. The Model Church
  2. The Doctrine of the Lord’s coming
  3. The Model Servant and Reward
  4. The revelation of the rapture of the Church
  5. The Model walk and Day of the Lord.

The Model Church

Be it known that 1st and 2nd Thessalonians are the only Epistles that are addressed to the Church.

Romans, Ephesians, Philippians and Colossians are addressed to the ‘Saints”.  1st and 2nd Corinthians are addressed to “the church of God at Corinth”, and Galatians to the “churches of Galatia”.

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The Model Church is noted in Chapter 1: 5-10

For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.

And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost.

So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia.

For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God-ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing.

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.

Verse 5 gives reason that the Gospel was not received in word only, but in power.

In chapter one Paul reveals some of the doctrines of Christian faith.

  1. The Trinity – Verses 1:1 and 5-6

Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians which is in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.

For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.

And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost.

As be noted, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Ghost is mention in the verses and speaks of their conversion.

Verses 7-8 Paul speaks about how they were examples.

So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia.

For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God-ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing.

Not only were they examples in word and deed, but every place the went they sounded out the word of the Lord that was given to them by Paul.

This is what the Macedonians and Achaias saw in the Thessalonians.  We must take note of what is stated in verse 7, “to all that believe” speaks of their Faith!  Remember, in Verse 6, Paul talks about the Thessalonians as “having received the word in much affliction, with JOY of the Holy Ghost;”.  This is what the Macedonians and Achaias saw.

The hope of the Thessalonians Paul reveals in verses 9-10:

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.

There is much contained in these verses, of which I will cover briefly.  Verse 9 reveals how they turned to God from worshiping idols to serve the living and true God.  Remember, Paul spent only 3 sabbaths in Thessalonica before he had to departed.  From this you can see just how effective is the word of God!

In Verse 10 Paul begins to reveal to us to wait for his Son from heaven.  Paul tells the Thessalonians that Jesus is coming again and we will be delivered from the wrath to come.  And what wrath is coming?  The tribulation.  Jesus Himself speaks of this in Matthews 24:42:

42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.

Additionally, Jesus in Matthew 25:13 gives us more insight:

13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

Do you see what Jesus said?  He said “the Son of man cometh”  The Son of man is the crucified Messiah, the one who died for our sins is who is coming again.  That is why Paul tell the Thessalonians in verse 10 to WAIT.

NEXT TO COVER, THE TRINITY, THE HOLY GHOST AND THE 2ND COMING OF THE LORD.  ALL COVERED IN 1 THESSALONIANS 1 !

PRAISE THE LORD!!

First Thessalonians Paul’s Second Missionary Journey Results

Dr. William T. Bailey, Jr.
SGWTBM
September 16, 2018

Praise be to our Lord Jesus Christ who make all things possible to them that believe!  We are now at Paul’s first written Epistle to the Thessalonians while at Corinth.  There are a few things to note about this epistle is that Paul had preached for 3 consecutive Sabbaths in the synagogue and, because of the great reception of the word by the Greeks and women, the Jews stirred up the people of Thessalonica.  For this reason, the brethren sent Paul and Silas to Berea.

Acts 17: 1-10

Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where was a synagogue of the Jews:

And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures,

Opening and alleging, that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen again from the dead; and that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you, is Christ.

And some of them believed, and consorted with Paul and Silas; and of the devout Greeks a great multitude, and of the chief women not a few.

But the Jews which believed not, moved with envy, took unto them certain lewd fellows of the baser sort, and gathered a company, and set all the city on an uproar, and assaulted the house of Jason, and sought to bring them out to the people.

And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also;

Whom Jason hath received: and these all do contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, one Jesus.

And they troubled the people and the rulers of the city, when they heard these things.

And when they had taken security of Jason, and of the other, they let them go.

10 And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews.

The Thessalonians Church was looked upon as a model church because of their acceptance of the word of God preached by Paul, Silas and Timothy.  Paul wanted to know how the church stood and sent Timothy to Thessalonica while he stayed in Athens. 1st Thess. 3:1-8.

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

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:

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

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

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.

But 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:

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

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

PRAISE THE LORD!  I will next cover 4 main points Paul makes in 1st Thessalonians concerning Church Doctrine.  Stay with us!!!

Elder Bailey
SGWTBM

PART 4 – PAUL’S MISSIONARY JOURNEY

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Thanks for following Paul’s 1st missionary journey.  It is important to understand trials that he encountered doing the Lord’s work.  We should and must understand that to be a christian is a walk of faith and determination.  PTL!

TO CONTINUE:

In the book of Acts Paul and Barnabas are always seen as going into the synagogue of the Jews to Teach.  Paul gives reason for this in Romans 1:16

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

NOTE:

For further understanding read Roman 1:1-17

Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,

(Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,)

Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh;

And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:

By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name:

Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ:

To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.

First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.

For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers;

10 Making request, if by any means now at length I might have a prosperous journey by the will of God to come unto you.

11 For I long to see you, that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift, to the end ye may be established;

12 That is, that I may be comforted together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me.

13 Now I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that oftentimes I purposed to come unto you, (but was let hitherto,) that I might have some fruit among you also, even as among other Gentiles.

14 I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise.

15 So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also.

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

I will continuing with Paul and Barnabas journey, but I wanted to show the importance of Romans 1:16 as it relates to what we are covering in ACTS.

MORE TO COME IN PART 4A

SGWTBM

PAUL’S MISSIONARY JOURNEY CONTINUES – PART 3

Dr WilliamT Bailey Jr
SGWTBM
JULY 21, 2018

PRAISE THE LORD! This is part 3 of Paul’s missionary journey heading toward Thessalonica. Keep following along as we lookk at his journey in some detail.

Acts 13 is where Paul Ministry takes hold.  We will also note that in Acts 13:46 Saul, now called Paul, with Barnabas will now turn their attention to the Jews!

While Barnabas and Saul were in Antioch, the Holy Ghost separated them for the work they were called to do. Act 13: 2-5

SPECIAL NOTE ON ANTIOCH

The ancient world had a number of cities named Antioch. Most of them were founded by Seleucis I who ruled from 305 to 281BC. He was the founder of the Seleucid Empire that ruled from Turkey to Iran. He named the cities after his father Antiochus. As mentioned, two of these Antioch’s are in the New Testament. They are: Antioch of Pisidia – mentioned in Acts 13:14-52; 14:21. Antioch of Syria – the third largest city of the Roman empire. This city was the place where the disciples were first called Christians (Acts 11:26) and the location of the missionary sending church for Paul and Barnabas (Acts 13:1-4; 14:26-28).

As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.

And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.

So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed unto Seleucia; and from thence they sailed to Cyprus.

And when they were at Salamis, they preached the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews: and they had also John to their minister.

Barnabas and Saul were still going into the synagogues of the Jews.

In Acts 13: 9-10 Saul now being referred to as Paul and has opposition from Satan.

Paul’s preaching at Antioch in Pisidia rehearses in the synagogue on the Sabbath the partial history of the Jews and God.  Acts 13: 16-17

16 Then Paul stood up, and beckoning with his hand said, Men of Israel, and ye that fear God, give audience.

17 The God of this people of Israel chose our fathers, and exalted the people when they dwelt as strangers in the land of Egypt, and with an high arm brought he them out of it.

We must keep in mind, while following Paul in Acts, so far, he had not addressed the Gentiles specifically.  Only in verse 42 did the Gentiles seek out the preached word.  Act 13: 42

42 And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles besought that these words might be preached to them the next Sabbath.

The next Sabbath the whole city came together to hear the word of God, however, the Jews became filled the envy and spoke against Paul.  Therefore, in Acts 13:46-48:

46 Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles.

47 For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth.

48 And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed.

More to come,
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THE FULLNESS OF THE GENTILES – PART 5 – A Handbook for the end times

May the Lord bless each and every reader of God’s Holy Word with wisdom and understanding!  In Part 5 I will be addressing the Fullness of the gentiles or, the conclusion of the Gentiles reign.  Remember what JESUS said in Luke 21:24 ” And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.”  There IS a time limit.

Before starting with the Fullness of the Gentiles, I want to review a few points in the notes below:

NOTE 1

In the 9th year of Nebuchadnezzar reign, he destroyed the Temple BC 587.  The Jewish nation ceased to exist.  2 Kings 24:10-20; 25:1-21

NOTE 2

In BC 606 The “Time of the Gentiles” began.  When Nebuchadnezzar became king in BC 606, after his father king Nabopolassar, the “Times of the Gentiles” began.

NOTE 3

The Chaldeans were a learned people, with great advances in math, grammar, astronomy and science.  But, where was Babylon located? Shinar.  The site of Babel.  They inherited all the skills and wisdom of the Antediluvians.  Genesis 4:20-22

20 And Adah bare Jabal: he was the father of such as dwell in tents, and of such as have cattle.

21 And his brother’s name was Jubal: he was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ.

22 And Zillah, she also bare Tubalcain, an instructer of every artificer in brass and iron: and the sister of Tubalcain was Naamah.

NOTE 4

The Fullness of the Gentiles began at Pentacost for those that will be gathered out/raptured and will end 7 years before the Times of the Gentiles ends.

PART 2 – THE FULLNESS OF THE GENTILES

The fullness of the Gentiles refers to “gathering out” or “caught out”, and should be distinguished from the times of the Gentiles mentioned in Luke 21:24.

Two definitions of “full” that stands out is:

  1. Containing or holding as much or as many as possible; having no empty space.  Filled to capacity.
  2. Not lacking or omitting anything; complete. All-inclusive.

FOR BACKGROUND READ ROMANS 11

Let’s look at Romans 11:25-26:

25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in.

26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:

What was the reason that Paul said that we be not ignorant of this mystery?  Romans 11:25

25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.

Also note Romans 11:18:

18 Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee.

Before we get too far into this study, and as it has been stated above, the fullness of the Gentiles is the calling out from among the Gentiles, (and Jews) the Church, which is His body:  Ephesians 1:22-23

22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,

23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

Of which HE IS the head.

Paul, Ephesians 1:3-14 gives a picture of us as believers in Christ.  Look at what verse 10 tells us:

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,

To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;

Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:

10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:

11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.

13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,

14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

A question that we need to be aware of or to keep in mind is the end of the Church age.  To begin, the word Church comes from the Greek word “ecclesia” meaning assembly or a congregation of called out ones.  The Septuagint has the same meaning, namely, assembly, congregation, or a called or invited gathering. 

More to come in Part 6.  You can also view Sharing God’s Word podcasts on ITunes at “Dr William T Bailey’s Podcast”.