By: Robert Serreyn
Question? Why did God allow satan to stop Paul in 1 Thessalonians 2:18?
1 Thessalonians 2:18 Wherefore we would have come unto you, even I Paul, once and again; but Satan hindered us.
In V16 we read that the Jews DID NOT want Paul or any other of the disciples to go and preach the Gospel to the Gentiles LEST they be saved, it was unthinkable for any Jew to have anything to do with what they considered a Dirty Old Dog (Goyim) little alone the thought of sharing the Kingdom of God with them.
The Nation of Israel KILLED the Prophets that God had sent to them, BUT Paul loved his Kin Folk and DESIRED to see them saved despite of that.
Romans 10:1 Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.
Question? So why did God allow satan to hinder Paul during this time?
Answer: Maybe it was Paul’s will to go there and not the Lord’s, don’t know, we are not told but God allowed it.
One thing we MUST REMEMBER, nothing happens without God’s knowlege, nor apart from his direct or permissive will, but the one GREAT thing that BENEFITS all christians that resulted from satan’s hinderence is the fact that because Paul wasn’t able to speak personally to the Thessalonians, He (Paul) wrote them a letter in which we have in our bibles today.
In Genesis 50:20 Joseph said it best in response to his brothers EVIL deeds against him.
But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good.
What a comfort it is to know that NOTHING HAPPENS apart from our Heavenly Father’s knowledge, he is All Wise, All Knowing, and All Powerful.
Under God’s control, good things can come out of an evil situation.
Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
The MOST IMPORTANT thing to know IS Jesus Christ as savior, just simply believe that Jesus Christ went to the cross and DIED and shed his blood, was BURIED and three days later RESURRECTED from the dead to pay for your sins.
The moment that you do YOU HAVE (at that second and forever) Everlasting Life which WILL NEVER be taken away no matter what.
-Christ DIED for you – Romans 5:8
-Christ PAID your sins in full – 2 Corinthians 5:21,1 Peter 2:24
-BELIEVE (Trust In Completely) in Christ ALONE as the complete payment of sin for salvation – John 3:16, Acts 16:31, Ephesians 2:8,9
“For the wages(payment) of sin is death (eternal torment in hell); but the GIFT(salvation) of God is eternal life THROUGH Jesus Christ our Lord”. Romans 6:23
IT IS THAT SIMPLE – THE GOSPEL TRUTH