Paul was preaching in Corinth, but he could not forget about his new brothers and sisters in Thessalonica.
He sent Timothy to check on the young church. They had been suffering intense persecution, but they were still growing together in their love for God and for each other.
Though we will see Paul also provide some correction later in his letter, he begins by encouraging them and telling them he has continued to pray for them and that their faith, hope and love has been noticed-
“Grace to you and peace. We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ”. (1Thess 1:1-3)
Paul goes on to remind them that God had deliberately chosen them and sent the gospel to them, not just in word but in POWER…Holy Spirit power.
Don’t miss this. This is truth. This is doctrine, not motivational speeches or flowery words, but doctrinal truth, that Paul is using to encourage the young persecuted church—
“For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction.“ (I Thess 1:4-5)
Though Paul was no longer with them, they were not powerless, or hopeless, or alone. They had the Holy Spirit, (who had sent Paul to them) who was still at work in and through them.
And, know this, that same Holy Spirit is at work in all who have called on the name of the Lord for salvation.
This is HUGE!
If YOU have surrendered your life to Christ, that same Holy Spirit is constantly with you. He is in you! RIGHT NOW! He is at work. He is the third part of the Trinity and, co-equal, (not a lesser part).
Sometimes, we tend to focus a lot on God and Jesus and breeze past the Holy Spirit. Let’s don’t miss what we can know about the One who lives inside of us!
Here is some great truth about the Holy Spirit from Moody Bible, and a few comments from me-
Scripture describes the Holy Spirit in personal terms, not as an impersonal force, when it says that He teaches, guides, comforts and intercedes. (John 14:26; Romans 8:14; John 14:26; Romans 8:26)
He possesses emotions, intellect and will. (Ephesians 4:30; 1 Corinthians 2:10–14; 1 Corinthians 12:11)
The Scriptures also attest to the deity of the Holy Spirit. He is spoken of as God and is identified with the title of Jehovah. (Acts 5:1–4; Isaiah 6:8–9 with Acts 28:25; Jeremiah 31:31–34; with Hebrews 10:15)
The Christian who is indwelt by the Spirit is indwelt by God. (I want to put 12 exclamation marks here!!) . (Corinthians 3:16; 6:19; Ephesians 2:22)
The Holy Spirit (inside of you!) possesses the attributes of deity, such as omniscience, omnipresence, omnipotence and eternality. (Corinthians 2:10–11; Psalm 139:7; Zechariah 4:6; Hebrews 9:14)
He does works only God can do, such as creating, regenerating and sanctifying. (Genesis 1:2; John 3:6; 2 Thessalonians 2:13)
He is equally associated with the other members of the Trinity. (Matthew 28:19, 20; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
The work of the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament differed somewhat from His work in the New Testament. The possession of the Holy Spirit by the believer was not permanent in every case in the Old Testament . The Spirit had a ministry of restraining sin and in the creation of the world.(Psalm 51:11, Genesis 6:3; Genesis 1:2; Isaiah 40:12)
The Holy Spirit today plays a major role in the application of salvation to the individual. It is the Spirit who brings conviction to the unbeliever and causes him to see the truth of the gospel in a clear light. (John 16:8–11) (THIS is especially encouraging to those who are praying for lost loved ones!)
Those who respond to this conviction and place their faith in Jesus Christ receive eternal life and a new nature. (John 3:3–7; Titus 3:5)
The Holy Spirit unites the believer with Christ and places him in the body of Christ, the church. (1 Corinthians 12:13)
He also unites the believer with Christ in His death, enabling him to live victoriously over sin. (Romans 6:1–10)
The Holy Spirit controls the believer who yields to God and submits himself to God’s Word. When these conditions are met, the believer lives in the power of the Spirit and produces the fruit of the Spirit. (Romans 12: 1, 2; Ephesians 5:18; Colossians 3:16, Galatians 5:16, 22, 23) (note- POWER comes from obedience)
The Holy Spirit indwells the believer permanently.(1 Corinthians 6:19, 20)
While the child of God may sin and grieve the Spirit, the Spirit will never leave the true believer. (Ephesians 4:30)
Absence of the Holy Spirit is the mark of the unsaved. (Romans 8:9; Jude 1:19) (if you never feel convicted over your sin, you may not be a child of God)
The Holy Spirit seals the believer. This ministry guarantees the security of the believer “until the day of redemption”. (2 Corinthians 1:22; Ephesians 1:13; 4:30, Ephesians 4:30)
The Holy Spirit sovereignly bestows spiritual gifts or abilities for service to every believer. (Romans 12; 1 Corinthians 12; Ephesians 4)
Although His restraint of evil in the world today will cease with the rapture, He will continue to be present in the earth. In the tribulation period the Spirit will be involved in salvation and filling. In the coming kingdom of Jesus Christ, the Spirit will be in God’s people and the Spirit will be upon the King. (2 Thessalonians 2:7, Zechariah 12:10; Joel 2:28–32, Jeremiah 31:33; Isaiah 11: 2–3)
And one more thing to think about, it’s one thing to read another summarizing what the Word says, but it’s incredibly powerful to read the Word for yourself. So, don’t just take my word, or even Moody Bibles’s words, read the LIVING WORD for yourself and watch the Holy Spirit remind you of truth at just the right time!