How to Know God’s Chosen Ones – I Thessalonians 1:4-5

“For we know, brothers, loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction.” The Apostle Paul opens his first letter to the Thessalonians by commending them for their continuing faith and hope in Christ. Then he affirms that he knows they have been chosen by God because He observed the power of the Holy Spirit among them. He saw something happen to the Thessalonians when he presented the gospel to them in words. The transforming power of the Holy Spirit was at work among them convicting and convincing them of the truth of the gospel of Christ apparently in ways that Paul could observe. If Paul knew the Thessalonians were God’s chosen ones because the power of the Holy Spirit impacted their lives in noticeable ways, then will others notice the same thing about us?

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