The Abounding Church
We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth; So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure: (2Th 1:3-4)
Here Paul is thanking God for the church at Thessalonica. He is not just saying the words, but he is spelling out the reasons he could thank God for them. We should all desire to be the Christian and the church for which we, and others, can thank God.
The two reasons he was thanking God for them were they were a church that was abounding and enduring.
We all must be both abounding and enduring if we are going to reach the end of our race well and be all God desires for us.
To endure without abounding is boring and is of no lasting value or impact.
To abound without enduring is no more than a flash in pan and of not much more value than fools gold.
First, let us look at where they were commendably abounding and in the next post, we will see how they were enduring.
They were a church Abounding in Faith – your faith groweth exceedingly…
The phrase “growth exceedingly” means to be ABOVE MEASURE. The faith referred to here is not a body of beliefs, but rather a “credence given” and a “strong confidence in”.
Let me suggest you begin by knowing your faith
Know first that your faith is the right Person and place. It must be in Jesus Christ as Saviour and in His Word. Make sure you are saved.
Then, begin growing your faith.
Faith is buildable and can be, as in this church, abounding!
There is a condition of “No faith”
And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?(Mar 4:40)
Then there is “Small faith”
Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? (Mat 6:30)
And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish. And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm. (Mat 8:25-26)
Then some have “Great faith”
The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. (Mat 8:8-10)
They were a church Abounding in Love – the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth;
It was a commended love
Because God is love
And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. (1Jn 4:16)
Because Christ epitomizes a life of Love.
If we are going to be like Him we must love also.
It was a common love
Note the term “every one” – charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth
We can never be a church God wants us to be unless the love of Christ is expressed by “every one” of us.
By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. (Joh 13:35)
Ask God to help you live a life and to be a member of the church for which people are thankful to God.
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