1 Thessalonians 2:13 - God's Word Works Effectively in the Believer.
1Th.2:13: God's Word Works Effectively in the Believer.
1 Th 2:13 (KJV) For this cause also thank we God without
ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us,
ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the
word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.
1 Th 2:13 (NIV) And we also thank God continually because, when
you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted
it not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God,
which is at work in you who believe.
1 Th 2:13 (EAV) And we also [especially] thank God continually
for this, that when you received the message of God [which you
heard] from us, you welcomed it not as the word of [mere] men, but as
it truly is, the Word of God, which is effectually at work in you
who believe [exercising its superhuman power in those who adhere to
and trust in and rely on it].
Received. This word appears twice in this verse and is the
rendering of two different Greek verbs. The first means the external
reception, the hearing of the message; the second refers to the internal
reception, the acceptance of the message. [SDA Commentary]
Effectually worketh. When accepted into the life, the word does
its divinely appointed task. [SDA Commentary]
"To believe:" "to place confidence in, to trust," signifies, in
this sense of the word, reliance upon, not mere credence. (Vine's
In you that believe. The effectual working of the word operates
in the Christian through faith. The word of God profits only when
it is "mixed with faith" in those who hear (Heb. 4:2). The gospel
is "the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth"
(Rom. 1:16). In one of Paul's great benedictions, he tells how God is
able to do for us far more than we can ask or think by "the power
that worketh in us" (Eph. 3:20). [SDA Commentary]
Scripture is words physically produced by humans but also
miraculously inspired by God. Scripture works in the heart of believers
creating their faith and leading them to obey the gospel..... God's people
recognize divine revelation through faith. We accept His Word as His Word
and not as the word of a human being. Acceptance means more than
hearing and affirming. It means obeying. [Disciple SB]
The essence of faith consists in believing and receiving what
God has revealed, and may be defined as that trust in the God of the
Scriptures and in Jesus Christ whom He has sent, which receives Him as Lord
and Savior and impels to loving obedience and good works (John 1:12;
James 2:14-26). The particular uses of faith give rise to its
secondary definitions: (1) For salvation, faith is personal trust, apart
from meritorious works, in the Lord Jesus Christ as delivered because
of our offenses and raised again because of our justification (Rom
4:5, 23-25; 5:1). (2) As used in prayer, faith is the "confidence
that we have in him, that if we ask anything according to his will,
he heareth us" (1 John 5:14-15). (3) As used in reference to unseen
things of which Scripture speaks, faith gives "substance" to them, so
that we act upon the conviction of their reality (Heb 11:1-3). And
(4) as a working principle in life, the uses of faith are
illustrated in this chapter. [Scofield SB re Heb.11:1]
There's a long tradition of suffering linked with Christian
commitment. Things don't automatically get better. They may get worse! When
those we love suffer for their faith, we can hurt with them. But we
must remember that suffering is nothing new. What is new is the fact
that God's Word is at work in us. And in this we can rejoice. [The
365-Day Devotional Commentary]
2 Cor 3:18 (TEV) All of us, then, reflect the glory of the Lord
with uncovered faces; and that same glory, coming from the Lord, who
is the Spirit, transforms us into his likeness in an ever greater
degree of glory.
James 2:19-20 (NLT) Do you still think it's enough just to
believe that there is one God? Well, even the demons believe this, and
they tremble in terror! Fool! When will you ever learn that faith
that does not result in good deeds is useless?
Mat 7:24 (CWR) The ones who respect me and really love me are
the ones who do what I ask them to do. They are like the man who
built his house on solid rock.
James 1:22 (KJV) But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers
only, deceiving your own selves.
Matthew 7:21 (KJV) Not every one that saith unto me, Lord,
Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the
will of my Father which is in heaven.
Dear Child, I watch you laboring and fretting and anxiously
striving to achieve things for me and my kingdom. Hear me. Your work is
not my primary concern. Your work is now, has always been, and
always will be secondary to your relationship with me. What you do will
flow out of your relationship with me as irrigation streams flow out
of a deep, clear, powerful river. The river (the relationship)
will set your motives and supply your strength. Then your work will
flow forth to honor me. Any time you allow your work to come ahead
of your relationship with me, you risk working against me and my
purposes. Draw near to me and rest. Seek my will at every small turn.
Listen for my voice. Be filled with my Spirit. Then work with joy and
abandon! The Source of your power, God [Postcards from Heaven by Claire
Cloninger re Isa.40:31]
All the kids called him "Grandpa." He was a plumber with an
eighth-grade education. But no one was more articulate about Jesus Christ
than Grandpa Craig. Kids from all over spent a lot of time with
Grandpa--eating popcorn in his living room, having Bible studies, praying, just
"shooting the breeze." No matter where the conversation wandered, though,
Grandpa would always bring it around to Jesus. Whenever we were talking
about school or dating or the future, Grandpa would say, "That reminds
me of something Jesus said....." or, "That's just like when
Jesus......" and he would reveal new insights to us about Jesus. Grandpa's
life was filled with the really of Jesus' presence. On Saturday
afternoons, we would sometimes take long walks with Grandpa. He would point
to the countryside and say, "Now, that's Jesus' way of showing us
how much he loves us. He made all these things for us to enjoy."
Grandpa saw Jesus in everything around him. "See how the sun goes down
so faithfully every evening?" he would ask. "That shows how
faithful Jesus is to us. Just like the sun, he never lets us down." When
anyone wondered how to act toward a new kid in school, Grandpa would
ask, "How would Jesus act if he were in school?" Problems with
parents? "What would Jesus do in your shoes?" His advice was always
simple: "Focus on Jesus. Figure it out from there." [Youth SB re John