6 You became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you welcomed the message in the midst of severe suffering with the joy given by the Holy Spirit. 7 And so you became a model to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia. 8 The Lord’s message rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia—your faith in God has become known everywhere. Therefore we do not need to say anything about it, 9 for they themselves report what kind of reception you gave us. They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, 10 and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.
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The idols of the Thessalonians would be in two categories: 1) The internal idols (which all humanity has) of sin and lust. From these all who come to God through Christ must turn from. 2) The external idols. According to historians, the Macedonian region worshiped the greek pantheon of Olympian gods. The area of Macedonia was named after Makedon, son of Zeus. When they came to know the one true God, they abandoned their idolatry and lived and served God: no longer themselves, and no longer the false Greek gods.
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