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The Bible says in Daniel 7:13-4: “I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.”
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The third reason Paul sent Timothy to the Thessalonians was because he himself needed to know what was going on. When Timothy returned with such a good report, the apostle was filled with joy. He said, “Therefore, brethren, we were comforted over you in all our affliction and distress by your faith: For now we live, if ye stand fast in the Lord. For what thanks can we render to God again for you, for all the joy wherewith we joy for your sakes before our God.”
To Paul’s great relief, his work had not been in vain. It stood solid and sure. The faith of his followers was intact; their love was evident; and best of all, their trust in God was secure. They held cherished memories of the apostle and longed to see him. He was filled with thankfulness and joy at this good news — always the effect upon a father’s heart when he receives good reports of his children in the faith. John, too, wrote of this in his third letter: “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.”
I can testify to that fact. My wife and I have been observing a dear young man who is going through the possible disintegration of his marriage. It is a painful time for him. His home is broken, his children have been taken away, but that very suffering has brought him to an awareness of his own contribution to the problem. He is seeing himself in a new light and is becoming aware of his mistakes. Though our hearts ache for him, we are also rejoicing because we see that he is discovering a new plateau of faith. In the midst of his agony he is experiencing joy. He has even expressed gratitude that this tragedy has happened, since it has brought him to his senses and into a new relationship with God. Paul must have felt much the same when Timothy reported on the trials and testings of the Thessalonians.
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