With all the facial hair today, maybe Saints are back. These are 4 icons of Silas.
2 Thessalonians 1
1 Paul, Silas and Timothy,
To the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:
2 Grace and peace to you from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 We ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters, and rightly so,
because your faith is growing more and more,
and the love all of you have for one another is increasing.
Therefore, among God’s churches we boast about
your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials
you are enduring.
5 All this is evidence that God’s judgment is right, and as a result you will be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are suffering.
6 God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you 7 and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well. This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels. 8 He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. 9 They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might 10 on the day he comes to be glorified in his holy people and to be marveled at among all those who have believed. This includes you, because you believed our testimony to you.
11 With this in mind, we constantly pray for you,
that our God may make you worthy of his calling,
and that by his power he may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness
and your every deed prompted by faith.
We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Peter 2:9a
The Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials
So who is SILAS? In the first verse???
Bishop of Corinth. Reference to in Acts 15:22-40; 16:19-40; 17:4-15; 18:5; 2 Corinthians 1:19; 1 Thessalonians 1:1; 2 Thessalonians 1:1; 1 Peter 5:12
During Paul's second mission Silas and Paul were imprisoned in Philippi where an earthquake broke their chains and opened the prison door. Acts 16:25-37 According to Acts 17 and 18, Silas and Timothy travel with Paul from Philippi to Thessalonica where they are treated with hostility in the synagogue by some traditional Jews. The harassers follow the trio to Berea, threaten Paul's safety, and cause Paul to separate from Silas and Timothy. The two catch up with Paul later in Corinth.
NowSilas shares with Timothy and is in Corinth and Timothy lives to be almost 90 years old - no small accomplishment for a disciple of Christ in early 1st Century. History leaves Silas as the first Bishop of Corinth. Corinth was Christian friendly until Timothy at age 87 is killed in a theological debate. His aged death brings a close to Christianity in Corinth briefly, however it was such a tragedy Christianity rekindles.
In Macedonia (the death) of blessed Silas, who, being one of the first brethren and sent by the Apostles to the churches of the Gentiles with Paul and Barnabas, was full of the grace of God, and readily fulfilled the office of preaching; and, glorifying Christ in his sufferings, was afterwards at rest."
~ From the Roman Martyrology for July the thirteenth, the date on which the feast of Saint Silas is generally observed.
An amazing wonder is recorded. The relentless persecutor of the new faith have suddenly converted, and creatied zealous champions of the Truth, confounding the Jews as he reasoned with them. There is a letter of a Rabi of a town near Jerusalem writing all the miracles will kill the Jewish faith with great concern. The Good News spreads and spreads wider and wider. Gentiles are converted, and Christian assemblies began to be formed outside the land of promise. Churches!!! What the rabble of Thessalonica declared was indeed true - the world was being turned upside-down.
Timothy and Silas are men who have probably inherited something God did for Daniel.
Wonders of God are blessings!!!
Now God had caused the official to show favor and compassion to Daniel
And how far back does this go? Abraham.
2 And I will make you a great nation, And I will bless you, And make your name great; And so you shall be a blessing; 3 And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse.
And how did Abraham react to this blessing of God's?
For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing what is right and just, so that the LORD will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him."
And how does Father God keep working if we are not led by a bit in a horse's mouth? Instead we are led by the Love of God.
For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.
For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.
20 Now the God of peace, who brought up from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep through the blood of the eternal covenant, even Jesus our Lord, 21 equip you in every good thing to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
Father God, We thank You for August rain. Please let Your hand give Your people unity to carry out Your Plans and live the Living Word of God. We ask Your blessings upon us, our loved ones, friends, the people you place in our lives, Church, the States surrounding us and our Nation. We pray for the Nations near us and the Nations we interact with to be filled with the Holy Spirit and to please You. For continued healing of my cataract and the joy of seeing and seeing color again. In Jesus. Amen.
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