This thought is in harmony with what Paul had just said. Not only were the Thessalonians being persecuted, but God knew what they were experiencing. Not only was He aware of their work of faith, their labor of love, and their patience of hope, but the persecution was occurring in His sight. How comforting! Now we see that, in addition, God knew the Thessalonians before they knew Him. Or, to state the matter more personally, God knows us before we know Him.
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Fasting, like baptism, may either be a mere form, injurious rather than beneficial, or it may be observed with spiritual profit. Just as a man might be sunk five fathoms deep into the ocean without being baptized, so he might voluntarily die of starvation without having fasted from the divine standpoint. No honest person, for instance could have the least sympathy for the man who affected an outward countenance of the Lenten restriction to one cup of coffee by providing himself on the occasion with a bowl which really held two cups. And this is but an illustration of how forms of godliness are observed while the heart is far from a fasting attitude in the Lord’s sight. To the class called in the Scriptures, “New Creature” in Christ Jesus, the essence of fasting in any event must be measured in the Lord’s sight by the condition of the heart.