Daily Bible Nugget #226, 1 Thessalonians 2:13

The Nugget:

1 Thessalonians 2:13 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.

My Comment:

The Scriptures should be received not as the word of men, but as the word of God. If the Bible is just the word of men, it may be great literature, but it has no power to effect spiritual and moral change. But the Bible is more than the word of men. The Bible is the Word of God. The Thessalonians received the Gospel message through the preaching and teaching of Paul. Naturally, they heard the word of God spoken. At the present time we have that very same Word written in a divinely inspired Book, our Bible. Pastor Lehman Strauss preached an unforgettable message from this text at the Highland Park Baptist Church perhaps half a century ago. He emphasized repeatedly that the Word of God “worketh in you that believe.” Has the Bible been working in you lately? The Bible is our necessary spiritual food that enables us to grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible will work in you very effectively if you will but receive its message and believe it. It helps if we cooperate with God and read the Bible so God can perform His work in our lives to bring us more and more into the likeness of Christ. To get the benefit God intended for you to receive from His written Word, you must accept the Bible on its terms, not yours. You must receive it as it is in truth, the Word of God. You must read it for yourself repeatedly until you really get its life-changing message.

For those who desire to DIG DEEPER into this subject:

(1) Consult the cross references given in Nelson’s Cross Reference Guide to the Bible on page 1389 for 1 Thessalonians 2:13.

(2) Consult the cross references given in The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge on page 1408 or in Logos 5 Bible software for 1 Thessalonians 2:13.

(3) Lacking access to those two resources, consult the cross references for this passage as I have developed them as given below:

1 Thessalonians 2:13. For this cause. Jn 12:18. thank. See on *+1 Th 1:2, 3. 1 Ch 29:13. *Ro 1:8, 9. Phm 1:7. without ceasing. +1 Th 1:3. because. *Je 44:16. Mt 10:13, 14, 40. *Ac 2:41. 10:33. 11:1. 13:45, 48. 16:14, 30-34. +**Ac 17:11, 18-20, 32. *Ga 4:14. *2 P 3:2. ye received. 1 Th 1:6. *1 Th 4:1, 8. Ps 119:102. *Pr 4:10. Ezk 3:10. *Mt 10:40. 13:23. Lk 10:39. **Jn 8:47. *Jn 17:8. +**Ac 17:11, 12. *1 Cor 15:1. 2 Th 1:10. He 4:2. word of God. 1 K 17:24. Je 10:1. Jn 6:63. 2 Th 3:1. *He 13:7. +*James 1:21. which ye heard. lit. the word of hearing. FS144B, +Dt 33:19. Ne 8:3. Hg 1:12. **Ro 10:17. Ga 3:2, 5. Ep 1:13. Col 1:5. He 4:2. James 1:19. of us. Ga 1:6. +*2 Tim 3:14. received it not as. T#1066. +Mt 10:20. +*Lk 8:18. Ga 4:14. word of men. 1 Cor 2:13. 9:8. *Ga 1:11, 12. **1 J 2:27. is in truth. Gr. alēthōs (S#230g, Mt 14:33). 1 Th 1:9. Ps 45:4. Ga 2:5. the word of God. Rather than contending so much for what is clearly not essential to faith in Christ, true Bible believing Christians encourage others to get into the written Word of God in the Bible for themselves so that others can come to know Jesus Christ in a personal way and have a life-giving relationship with Him that results in genuine belief that brings eternal life. Only the Bible provides the spiritual food necessary for spiritual growth and “works effectually” in those who believe. 1 Th 1:5, 8. 1 K 17:24. **Je 23:28n, 29. Mt 7:28, 29. Lk 1:37. 4:32, 36. *Lk 5:1. *Lk 8:11, 21. +*Lk 11:28. 20:1-8. Ac 8:14. 13:44, *Ac 13:46. +Ro 9:6. **Ro 10:17. *Ep 6:17. +**2 Tim 3:15, 16. 4:2. **He 4:12. *1 P 1:25. *2 P 1:16-21. effectually worketh. Middle Voice verb, so reference to the Word, not God, thus “which effectually worketh,” not “who effectually worketh,” which would require Active Voice. It is the Word of God now contained in the Bible, not tradition, “which effectually worketh also in you that believe.” T#1053. ver. 1 Th 2:1. *1 Th 1:5-10. Ps 110:2. +*Ps 119:105. **Is 55:11. Je 5:14. 23:29. **Jn 15:3. *Jn 17:17, 19. Ac 19:20. +*Ac 20:32. +*Ro 1:16. *Ro 6:17, 18. 2 Cor 3:18. Ep 3:7. 4:16. %*Phil 2:13n. *Col 1:6. 2 Th 1:11. 3:1. +**2 Tim 3:15, 16. **+He 4:12. +*James 1:18. *+James 5:16. +*1 P 1:23. *1 P 2:2. *2 P 3:18. **1 J 2:27. *1 J 3:3. *1 J 5:4, 5. 3 J 1:2. also. Marking those who upon hearing believed, in contrast to those who merely heard. Ac 16:14. in you that believe. 1 Th 1:7. He 4:12. James 1:21. 1 P 1:23.

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1 Response to Daily Bible Nugget #226, 1 Thessalonians 2:13

  1. ken sagely says:

    1 th 2.13 And for this reason we also constantly thank God that when you received
    from us the word of God’s message, you accepted it not as the word of men, but
    for what it really is, the word of God, which also performs its work in you who believe.

    encouraging cross refs(the best commentary on the bible is the bible)
    1. 1 th 1.2 We give thanks to God always for all of you, making mention
    of you in our prayers;
    2. ac 10.33 And so i sent to you immediately, and you have been kind enough
    to come. Now then, we are all here present before God to hear all that you have
    been commanded by the Lord.
    3. ac 13.44 And the next Sabbath nearly the whole city assembled to hear the
    word of God.
    4. ac13.45 But when the jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy, and
    began contradicting the things spoken by Paul, and were blaspheming.
    5. lk 11.28 But He said, On the contrary, blessed are those who hear the word
    of God, and observe it.
    6. rom 10.17 So faith comes from hearing,and hearing by the word of Christ.
    7. 1pe 1.23 for you have been born again not of seed, which is perishable but
    imperishable, that is, through the living and abiding word of God.
    8. 1 pe 2.2 like newborn babes, long for the pure milk of the word, that by it
    you may grow in respect to salvation.

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