1 Thessalonians 2:3-6
3 For our exhortation does not come from error or
impurity or by way of deceit;
4 but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so
we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who examines our hearts.
5 For we never came with flattering speech, as you know, nor with a pretext for
greed -- God is witness -
6 nor did we seek glory from men, either from you or from others, even though as
apostles of Christ we might have asserted our authority.
(1 Thessalonians 2:3-6)
Paul and Silas had taken the gospel to Thessalonica. What they taught was true.
Their goal was to bring men and women to Christ, and through Him to eternal
life. He was the Savior. He was Lord of all. It was not about them, but it was
all about Him. It was about His grace. It was His gospel and they had been
entrusted with it.
Because of this high and noble goal, their methods were different from what they
would have been had they merely been seeking the glory of men. They would
encourage others to do what is right, and commend those who did, but not flatter
with empty words merely to make a favorable impression. They did not desire that
which belonged to others. They exalted Christ; not themselves. They were not the
centers of the universe, the Lord was.
But it would be amiss to say that Paul and Silas did not seek glory at all. They
did, and so should we. Paul is very specific when he said they did not seek the
glory of men. But he does speak of attaining the glory of the Lord.
It was for this He called you through our gospel, that you may gain the glory of
our Lord Jesus Christ.
(2 Thessalonians 2:14).
We need to let this be enough – the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is all so
much more than the glory of this realm. We of faith shall be satisfied with the
By Jon W. Quinn
The Final Page
From Expository Files 17.7; July 2010