WHAT THE GOSPEL SHOULD CAUSE US TO DO

The apostle Paul wrote to the congregation of the Lord’s church in Thessalonica and told them what the gospel caused them to do (1Thess.1:5-10). This should be true of everyone desiring an eternal home in heaven one day.

First, in verse 5, the gospel should cause everyone to believe in Jesus since it came not only in word but also in supernatural power which confirmed the message and messengers as being sent by God. (Jn.20:30-31; Heb.2:3-4). “Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know” (Acts. 2:22).

Second, in verse 6, the gospel should cause everyone to follow the teaching of the Lord and the apostles. The gospel came to the apostles by revelation. (Acts.1:2; Gal.1:11-12; Eph.3:3-4). They were also eyewitnesses of Jesus’ resurrection (Acts.1:22; 2Pet.1:16). “This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses” (Acts.2:32).

Third, in verse 7 and 9, the gospel should cause everyone to be an example. Jesus is an example for everyone (Jn.13:15; 1 Pet.2:21-21). The apostles are examples, “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.” (1Cor.11:1; 2Thess.3:9; 1Tim.4:12). We as Christians should be examples also (Mt.5:13,16; Phil.2:15; 2Cor.3:2).

Fourth, in verse 8, the gospel should cause everyone to evangelize. Jesus evangelize (Mk.1:14-15,38). The apostles evangelized. “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ” (Acts.5:42). Christians should too as the church did. “Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word” (Acts.8:4).

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