Albert N. Martin
1 Thessalonians 1:9-10. Eagerly awaiting Christ’s return is a distinct evidence of true conversion. Let me give you that one again. According to 1 Thessalonians 1:9-10, eagerly awaiting Christ’s return is a distinct evidence of true conversion. Turn with me please to 1 Thessalonians chapter 1.
After an ordinary greeting brought by Paul, Silas, and Timothy to the church of the Thessalonians, Paul in verse 2, as he often does, records his prayers of thanksgiving for the Thessalonian believers. He tells them, “We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers,” and then he tells them the things that give him occasion to be thankful to God for the Thessalonians.
He first of all thanks God as he remembers without ceasing their work of faith, their labor of love, and their patience or steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. Then he goes on to say, “We pray with thanksgiving, because we have come to confidence that you are indeed God’s elect, and we know that you are God’s elect not because God allowed us to peek into the secret role of His decree, but because of how the gospel came to you. He said, “Our gospel did not came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit, and in much assurance; even as you know what manner of men we showed ourselves toward you for your sake.” Read more