1 Thessalonians 1, Psalm 98
How does the apostle Paul know that the Thessalonians are “loved” and “chosen” by God (1 Thessalonians 1:4)? Simply, when the Gospel was presented to them it was attended by the Holy Spirit, not to mention power and conviction. (1 Thessalonians 1:5) God has given us a great message (the Gospel) and a Helper beyond compare (the Spirit). For the Gospel to be the power of God (Romans 1:16), the Spirit must be at work through the presentation of that very good news for it to be effective. For where Gospel and Spirit are together, the love of God shines in our hearts. Thankfully the Gospel is the Holy Spirit’s favorite message, for the Spirit loves to focus us on Jesus (John 14:26) . At the same time, we need to be humble even with the Gospel and trust that its power to save and sanctify still depends on God being at work. So by all means, preach the Gospel, and as we do, let us pray for God to intervene. Paul does a great in his writings to the Thessalonians to highlight the need for focused prayer. So if we want to see people rescued by God’s saving message, let us beg the Spirit to intervene and attend our message. Truthfully may God send the Spirit to attend anyone who preaches this beautiful word from God with the power from on High!