1 Thessalonians 1:5-7 (JDV)
1 Thessalonians 1:5 because our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also with power, with the Sacred Breath, and with full assurance. You know how we lived among you for your benefit,
1 Thessalonians 1:6 and you yourselves became imitators of us and of the Lord when, in spite of severe persecution, you welcomed the message with joy from the Sacred Breath.
1 Thessalonians 1:7 As a result, you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia.
Paul and his missionary team had only one thing to share with the Thessalonians. They came with their gospel — the good news that Jesus has conquered death and is coming to set up God’s eternal kingdom. But that one thing they shared was accompanied by some other things.
- Those who accepted the gospel were empowered by God.
- Those who accepted the gospel also received God’s Sacred Breath (AKA the Holy Spirit – the promised discipler, the third person of the divine trinity).
- Those who accepted the gospel also received full assurance of its truth and their resulting destiny.
The gospel, accompanied by these blessings, produced lives of achievement, hard work, and endurance — imitating what they had seen the missionaries do, so they served as examples for other believers.
All we have to share with the world around us is the gospel. But the gospel comes with so many more accessories — at no extra cost.
Thank you Lord for your blessed gospel, which is enough.