We are looking now at the theology of 1 Thessalonians. (Check out archives for our exegetical look through the book). Our goal is to answer the question what does 1 Thessalonians teach on some core doctrines of the Christian faith. You can see our first two articles here and here.
I want to look now at what does 1 Thessalonians teach us about God the Father.
Here are few truths I’ve gathered from the book:
- God is a personal God: Our first introduction to God is as Father (1:1). Paul repeats this title throughout the book. However, God is not just Father in general, He is our Father. In fact Paul would say, He is our God (2:2). God is not the God of the deist (unconcerned with human affairs now), but instead He is our personal God today.
- God is a revelatory God. He has a message (2:13). He has a will (4:3). He has a gospel (2:2). All of these are revealed to mankind in such a way that we can know them. Not only can we know them, but the revelation of God is such that we can understand and obey it.
- God is a relational God. God is prayed to (1:2). We put our faith in Him (1:8). We turn to Him from our idols (1:9). We can please Him (4:1) or we can be displeasing to Him (2:15). Depending upon our relationship status we will either receive His wrath, or His salvation at the return of Jesus (5:9).
- God is an omniscience God. He knows all things. Our God is witness to our outward actions (2:10) and our inward motives (2:4). He knows all. This puts him in the perfect position to either approve or disapprove us (2:4).
- God is a working God. God works within us for our sanctification (5:23). God also works with us as we continues His mission in the world (3:2). This goes back to the personal nature of God, He is truly concerned with us and comes along side us.
- Our God is a saving God. The gospel of God (and thus God Himself) calls men to a relationship with God through His Son. This relationship with God’s Son is the means by which God saves us from His wrath (5:9).
What other aspects of God did you see in 1 Thessalonians?
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