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  • Writer's pictureRICHARD DEAN BROOKS

JESUS IS OUR HOPE AND OUR JOY

1 THESSALONIANS 2:17-20

17But, brothers and sisters, when we were orphaned by being separated from you for a short time (in person, not in thought), out of our intense longing we made every effort to see you.

18For we wanted to come to you certainly I, Paul, did, again and again but Satan blocked our way. 19For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes? Is it not you? 20Indeed, you are our glory and joy.



2: 18   Satan is real. He is called “the god of this age” (2   Corinthians 4: 4) and “the ruler of the kingdom of the air” (Ephesians 2: 2). We don’t know exactly what hindered Paul from returning to Thessalonica— opposition, illness, travel complications, or a direct attack by Satan— but Satan had worked in some way to keep him away. Many of the difficulties that prevent us from accomplishing God’s work can be attributed to Satan (see Ephesians 6: 12).


2: 20   The ultimate reward for Paul’s ministry was not money, prestige, or fame but new believers whose lives had been changed by God through the preaching of the gospel. This was why he longed to see them. No matter what ministry God has given to you, your highest reward and greatest joy should be those who come to believe in Christ and are growing in him.Tyndale. NIV Life Application Study Bible.


ON THE WAY HOME WALK WITH JESUS and show others JESUS GIVING US HOPE AND JOY

onthewayhomeministries.org by RICHARD DEAN BROOKS

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