Imitators of the Lord (1 Thess. 1:6)

“You became imitators

Of us

And the Lord.

In spite of great difficulties,

You received the word

With the joy

Of the Holy Spirit.”

καὶ ὑμεῖς μιμηταὶ ἡμῶν ἐγενήθητε καὶ τοῦ Κυρίου, δεξάμενοι τὸν λόγον ἐν θλίψει πολλῇ μετὰ χαρᾶς Πνεύματος Ἁγίου,

Paul said, “You became (ἐγενήθητε) imitators of us (καὶ ὑμεῖς μιμηταὶ ἡμῶν) and the Lord (καὶ τοῦ Κυρίου).  In spite of great difficulties (ἐν θλίψει πολλῇ), you received (δεξάμενοι) the word (τὸν λόγον) with the joy (μετὰ χαρᾶς) of the Holy Spirit (Πνεύματος Ἁγίου).”  Only the Pauline letters used this word μιμηταὶ, that means an imitator or follower.  Paul indicated that the Thessalonians had become imitators or followers of Paul and the Lord, Jesus Christ.  Paul assumed that he was a follower of Jesus Christ, so that anyone who imitated him, imitated Jesus Christ.  However, it was not easy, since there were a lot of personal difficulties or tribulations.  Nevertheless, the Thessalonians received the word of God with joy that was inspired by the Holy Spirit.  Do you receive the word of God with joy?

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