The Fruit of Hope: Endurance (1 Thessalonians 1:2-3) by Sinnappan
We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers. We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Thessalonians 1:2-3 NIV)
The apostle Paul, together with Silas & Timothy, is thrilled with joy to hear of the spiritual testimony of the saints in the church of Thessalonica. His happiness flows out as thanksgiving to God. He points out 3 particular evidences which prove their salvation.
1. Evidences of Salvation – In the Triad of Blessings
– Faith: Leading to good works among men
It is expresses in energetic waiting for the fulfilment of the action & benevolent activities (Heb 6:9-10).
We are created to do good works (Eph 2:10).
We should not be weary in working out (proving) our salvation.
– Love: Leading to hard work for The Lord (Gal 5:6, 6:9).
We prove our love for God by our toil of sweat, blood & tears! (2 Cor 5:14)
– Hope (Elpis): Leading to patient expectation through trials.
The heroes of faith of Hebrews 11 illustrated the need of enduring patience waiting for the fulfilment of the hope of salvation (heaven).
It is trusting the unseen & intangible as real & true (Lam 3:24; Luke 8:15)
2. Endurance of the Saints – In the trail of believers
Our hope is in:
– His promises – It never fails (Josh 21:45)
– His power – It never faints
He has risen & will keep His word (Matt 19:26)
His resurrection power (John 14:1-2)
Hope keeps you watching in prayer, waiting in patience, working with persistence, witnessing with passion & warfare with perseverance.