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-A PAUL’S MISSIONARY JOURNEY

Luke 21:28
28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. We, as Christians need to be aware of the time that is upon us. “In the days of Noah ……”  I plan to cover this topic in future blogs, watch for it!

4A –  Continuing with paul’s Journey.
Acts 14

Now because the “Jews stirred up devout and honorable women and the chief men of the city, and raised persecution against Paul and Barnabas and expelled them out of their Coast,”  they left and went to Iconium.  Acts 13:50-51.
50 But the Jews stirred up the devout and honourable women, and the chief men of the city, and raised persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them out of their coasts.
51 But they shook off the dust of their feet against them, and came unto Iconium.

Please note that these were Jews in Antioch that did this.

However, Paul and Barnabas continued to go into synagogues of the Jews.

And here in Iconium, both Jew and Greeks believed the gospel message preached.  In Iconium unbelieving Jews again, stirred up the minds of the Gentiles against the believers.

So, as before, Paul and Barnabas fled to Derbe and Lystra and to the surrounding regions and preached the Gospel.  It was here that Paul cures a lame man crippled from birth.

You can see Satan’s hand in this because Jews came from Antioch and Iconium, places where Paul and Barnabas had been preaching the gospel.  Also in Antioch, the Jews, Gentiles and their rulers wanted to stone them, but succeeded not.  Acts 14:5.

Here at Lystra these Jews from Antioch and Iconium did succeed in Stoning Paul and drew him out of the city, thinking that he was dead. But look at what God did, Acts 14:20

 But after the disciples had gathered around him, he got up and went back into the city. The next day he and Barnabas left for Derbe.

Paul was telling the World that the Gospel message will not be hindered by man.  And his going back into the City was that message!

Paul and Barnabas then departed to Derbe where they Preached the gospel, and, went back into Lystra, Iconium and Antioch where they had been threatened, to:

Acts 14:22

22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.

In Lystra Paul and Barnabas ordained elders in every church. Acts 14:23.

After preaching in Perga and into Attalia Paul and Barnabas return to Antioch, where they were first called “Christians”, and reported to the Church all that God had done with them, and how they had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles.

This concluded Paul’s first Missionary Journey!

Next, Paul’s second Missionary Journey!
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Dr William T. Bailey, Jr.
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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Part 2 – 1st Thess. Paul’s first Epistle

Praise the Lord!!

As already previously stated, we need to understand how Saul/Paul got started on his misionary journeys and his first Epistle to the Thessolonians.

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Let’s take a look at how far the church has grown.  In Acts 11:19:

19 Now they which were scattered abroad upon the persecution that arose about Stephen, travelled as far as Phenice, and Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to none but unto the Jews only.

But notice, that the preaching of the word by those scattered abroad, was to the Jews only!

As already covered, Chapter 10 and part of 11 takes into account Peter sharing the gospel with Cornelius the centurion and his sharing the vision he received while in Joppa to the apostles and brethren that were in Judaea that he is to go into the Gentiles.  Acts 11:18:

18 When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life.

In Antioch, the Grecians who were there came to the Lord.  Act s 11:20-21:

20 And some of them were men of Cyprus and Cyrene, which, when they were come to Antioch, spake unto the Grecians, preaching the Lord Jesus.

21 And the hand of the Lord was with them: and a great number believed, and turned unto the Lord.

The church in Jerusalem heard about what was happening to church at Antioch and sent Barnabas.  After Barnabas departed he went in search of Saul in Tarsus.  It was here in Antioch that Barnabas and Saul teamed up, for a year, to teach the people.  “And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.”  Acts 11:26

The fact that Christians were known, Agrippa makes the comment In Acts 26:28:

28 Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.

Even King Agrippa was aware of the Christians that begin in Antioch.

At this time Barnabas and Saul took to Judaea relief for the brethren/elders who were there.  The next time we here of Saul in in chapter 13.

More to come, soon!!

Dr William T. Bailey, Jr.

SGWTBM

 

 

PAUL 1st EPISTLE – 1st THESSALONIANS

Dr William T Bailey, Jr
SGWTBM
May 11,  2018

Greetings in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ!

INTRODUCTION
I thought it noteworthy, as others have already done, to give some reasons for Paul’s first epistle. Therefore I will give a brief introduction to this message. Althought there are other important points that could be made, I will focus only on Paul.
Paul’s first written epistle to the Church, was to the Thessalonians written at Corinth A.D. 51
The Thessalonians was at that time, the model Church and example to the believers in Macedonia and Achaia, which is about the size of Great Britain. They faith held even when Paul was not with them, as it was related to him by Timothy in 1st Thessalonians 3:6. Silas and Timotheus stayed in Berea while Paul was sent away. Acts 17:14.

As always, the Holy Spirit guided me to first understand Saul (Paul) conversion to his first written book. And, as a student of the word we need to go into and study Acts 8-17 and follow Saul/Paul’s journey.

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Before Paul’s conversion, scripture tells us in Acts 8:3-4:
3 As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison.
4 Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word.
Since the church was scatter, they share the word of God everywhere they went, becoming the first missionaries. This was the church at Jerusalem.

Saul conversion occurred on the road to Damascus where he had a personal encounter with the Lord Jesus, Acts 9:1-16. Jesus, speaking to Ananias shows him Saul purpose in 9:15-16:
15 But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:
16 For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake.
At this time, Saul was going into the synagogues in Damascus preaching that Jesus is the Son of God. This they did not want to hear and wanted to kill him. Saul escaped to Jerusalem where Barnabus took him to the Apostles and told the story of Saul’s conversion and the preaching of Jesus. While there, he disputed with the Grecians and they wanted to also kill him. These Jews were called “Hellenistic” Jews. These were those who rejected Jesus as the Christ and resisted the preaching of the gospel, even to the point of trying to kill Saul. The Grecians or “Hellenistic” Jews were first mention in Acts 1:1:
And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration.

Here Saul returned to Caesarea and them to Tarsus, 9:30

30 Which when the brethren knew, they brought him down to Caesarea, and sent him forth to Tarsus.

At this point, Peter’s Ministry is brought into scripture with 9:32-11:25.
Here Peter gives the gospel to Cornelius, the centurion gentile and his family: Acts 10 1-33. Peter is given a general understanding of the of the gospel to the gentiles: 10:34-36
34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:
35 But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.
36 The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:)

Peter’s Salvation message: Acts 10: 37-44:
37 That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached;
38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.
39 And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree:
40 Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly;
41 Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before God, even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead.
42 And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead.
43 To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.
44 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.
Note verses 39-40, this is the gospel message for believers.

Praise The Lord for His Word!  Next, Part 2

Dr William T Bailey, Jr.