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Approved by God? 1 Thessalonians 2:4 (NIV)

1 Thessalonians 2:4 (NIV) On the contrary, we speak as men approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please men but God, who tests our hearts.

"On the contrary, we speak as men approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel."

The KJV version uses the term allowed instead of approved. The word in the Greek is:
dokimazo, and means to test or approve. It can imply an examination.

Vine's NT words says this of dokimazo:
To prove with a view to approval.
In 1Thess 2:4, the Apostle and his fellow-missionaries were "approved of God to be entrusted with the Gospel" (not "allowed," AV). Not permission to preach, but Divine "approval" after Divine testing is intended. See ALLOW, DISCERN, EXAMINE, LIKE, PROVE, REFUSE, TRY.

[ A-3,Verb,G1381, dokimazo ]
signifies "to test, prove, scrutinize," so as "to decide." It is translated "discern" in the AV of Luke 12:56; RV, "interpret" (marg.…

Turning to God from idols. 1 Thessalonians 1:9

1 Thessalonians 1:9 (NIV)  for they themselves report what kind of reception you gave us. They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God,

"....you turned to God from idols.."
Does anyone notice something about this scene. Paul, the scripture tells us, preached in the Synagogue; Pagans would not have been allowed inside, therefore this had to have been a primarily Jewish audience.
To make the statement "you turned to God from idols" implies in-mass. What were Jews doing worshiping idols? A foolish question, for this had been a problem with the Jews for generations, and guess what, we followers of Christ do it too.

Leviticus 17:7  (NIV)
They must no longer offer any of their sacrifices to the goat idols to whom they prostitute themselves.

Leviticus 26:30  (NIV)
I will destroy your high places, cut down your incense altars and pile your dead bodies on the lifeless forms of your idols, and I will abhor you.

Deuteronomy 32:21  (NIV)
They m…

Jesus who rescues us.

1 Thessalonians 1:10 (NIV)  and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead--Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.

If you have read any of my commentaries on 1 Thessalonians you may have heard this on several occasions; Paul seems to have only spoken to these people on 3 occasions. He did this in the synagogue, therefore the gentiles were effectively excluded from the direct impact of Paul's messages. This is not a put down on Paul, but it means that any effect that the gospel message had on the gentiles was only by assimilation from the Jews that experienced a new life in Christ.

"and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead -.."
If I sit under some ministry and they preach a revelation from the word that is new to me. Perhaps it has an immediate impact, but my memory is short now and it takes repetition for something to get stuck in my brain, not to mention my spirit, but that is my interpretation.

Why would you wait for s…