You received the word of God (1 Thess. 2:13)

“We also constantly

Give thanks

To God

For this.

You received

The word

Of God

That you heard

From us.

You accepted it

Not as a human word

But as what it really is,

God’s word,

Which is also at work

In you the believers.”

Καὶ διὰ τοῦτο καὶ ἡμεῖς εὐχαριστοῦμεν τῷ Θεῷ ἀδιαλείπτως, ὅτι παραλαβόντες λόγον ἀκοῆς παρ’ ἡμῶν τοῦ Θεοῦ ἐδέξασθε οὐ λόγον ἀνθρώπων ἀλλὰ καθὼς ἀληθῶς ἐστὶν λόγον Θεοῦ, ὃς καὶ ἐνεργεῖται ἐν ὑμῖν τοῖς πιστεύουσιν.

Paul said “We also constantly (ἀδιαλείπτως) give thanks (καὶ ἡμεῖς εὐχαριστοῦμεν) to God (τῷ Θεῷ) for this (Καὶ διὰ τοῦτο).  You received (ὅτι παραλαβόντες) the word (λόγον) of God (τοῦ Θεοῦ) that you heard from us (ἀκοῆς παρ’ ἡμῶν).  You accepted (ἐδέξασθε) it not as a human word (οὐ λόγον ἀνθρώπων) but as what it really is (ἀλλὰ καθὼς ἀληθῶς ἐστὶν), God’s word (λόγον Θεοῦ), which is also at work (ὃς καὶ ἐνεργεῖται) in you the believers (ἐν ὑμῖν τοῖς πιστεύουσιν).”  Only the Pauline letters used this word ἀδιαλείπτως, that means incessantly or unceasingly.  Paul indicated that he was always giving thanks to God for what happened to them at Thessalonica.  They received the word of God as presented by Paul and his companions.  They did not accept it as merely human words, but as the real word of God that it truly is.  The apostles of Jesus were like the old Jewish prophets.  They received the word of God orally and presented it or proclaimed it orally to others.  The written word of God or the gospel stories were not yet written down.  This letter itself became part of the canonical written word of God as the oldest written document.  This preaching of the word of God also worked within those who believed in Jesus Christ.  Do you accept the word of God as more than mere human words?

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