Engaging the culture with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

All of grace, or do we just say that? Part 3

I Thess. 1:1-5

“Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:

Grace to you and peace.

2 We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, 3 remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 4 For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, 5 because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction. You know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake.”

I Thess. 2:13

“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.”
Q: Does God choose based on forseen faith or does the choosing of God result in faith
A: vs 5. “We know that He has chosen you because…” and goes on to say that the gospel they heard came with power and conviction. That their reception of it bears witness that God has elected them.

Q: Who is responsible for our belief? If God only gives man the opportunity to believe, but doesn’t secure that faith then man is the responsible party to which gratitude should be given. True that God should be thanked to the opportunity, but man is the one who seized it. BUT –  If God secures the faith that He requires then God is to be praised for man’s belief.
A:  vs. 13 – Here Paul says that He thanks God for the fact that they received God’s Word as God’s Word. Paul thanks God for their faith.

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