Timothy’s two-fold task

  • Make firm their faith
  • Comfort them in their persecution

The five-fold mention of Faith

  • 1 Th 3:2
  • 1 Th 3:5
  • 1 Th 3:6
  • 1 Th 3:7
  • 1 Th 3:10

The three-fold meaning of Faith

  • Saving faith exercised at conversion
  • Faith in God and His Word in the daily life
  • The faith, the whole body of doctrine, “the good deposit”

Timothy to strengthen all three!

“Trials are not necessarily a sign of God’s disfavor,
but are part of every Christian’s legacy” Bible Knowledge Commentary

Verse 5 the other reason for sending Timothy, “to know your faith”
Jn 16:33;1 Th 2:14,3:4; 1 Co 4:9; 2 Ti 3:12

day of God 2 Pet 3:12
day of God Almighty Rev 16:14
day of Christ Phil 1:10,2:16;2 Thess 2:2
day of Jesus Christ Phil 1:6
day of the Lord Acts 2:20;1 Thess 5:2;2 Pet 3:10
day of the Lord Jesus 1 Cor 5:5;2 Cor 1:14
day of our Lord Jesus Christ 1 Cor 1:8
day of judgment Mat 10:15,11:22,24;Mark 6:11;2 Pet 2:9,3:7;1 John 4:17
day of his wrath Rev 6:17
day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God Rom 2:5
day of visitation 1 Pet 2:12
day of redemption Eph 4:30
day of salvation 2 Cor 6:2
day of his shewing unto Israel. Luke 1:80
day of my burying John 12:7
day of Pentecost Acts 2:1,20:16
day of temptation Heb 3:8
day of slaughter James 5:5

Know – 1X = G1097 – 1 Th 3:5 to know (experientially) know
Know – 13X = G1492 – 1 Th 3:4 to know (cognitive) know

proistemi (προΐστημι, 4291), lit., “to stand before,” hence, “to lead, attend to” (indicating care and diligence), is translated “to rule” (middle voice), with reference to a local church, in Rom. 12:8; perfect active in 1 Tim. 5:17; with reference to a family, 1 Tim. 3:4 and 12 (middle voice); v. 1 Tim 3:5 (2nd aorist, active)

The Holy Spirit Can Be:

Quenched “to extinguish, to stifle” (1 Thess 5:19)
Grieved “made sad or sorry” (Eph 4:30)
Insulted (Heb 10:29)
Lied to (Acts 5:3)
Tested (Acts 5:9)
Resisted (Acts 7:51)
Blasphemed (Matt. 12:31–32; Mark 3:28–29)
Obeyed (Acts 10:19-21)
Received (1 John 5:6,9)
Poured out” (cf. Acts 2:17; Joel 3:1 LXX)
Followed (led of the Spirit – Rom 8:14;Gal 5:18)


Matt 12:20 bruised reed shall he not break, smoking flax shall he not quench
Matt 25:8 the foolish said to wise, Give us your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
Mark 9:44 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
Mark 9:46 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
Mark 9:48 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
Eph 6:16 taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
1 Thess 5:19 Quench not the Spirit.
Heb 11:34 Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword

Vs 23 God of peace, God of the living, God of glory, God of patience and consolation, God of hope, God of all comfort, God of love, God of all grace, God of judgment?