1 Thessalonians 1:9
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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,

King James Bible
For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God;

Darby Bible Translation
for they themselves relate concerning us what entering in we had to you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve a living and true God,

World English Bible
For they themselves report concerning us what kind of a reception we had from you; and how you turned to God from idols, to serve a living and true God,

Young's Literal Translation
for they themselves concerning us do declare what entrance we had unto you, and how ye did turn unto God from the idols, to serve a living and true God,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

How ye turned to God from idols - This could not be spoken either of the Jews or of the devout persons, but of the heathen Greeks, and of such it appears that the majority of the Church was formed. See what is said on this subject in the preface to this epistle.

To serve the living and true God - The living God; in opposition to the idols, which were either inanimate stocks or stones, or the representations of dead men.

The true God - In opposition to the whole system of idolatry, which was false in the objects of its adoration, false in its pretensions, false in its promises, and false in all its prospects.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

what.

1 Thessalonians 1:5,6 For our gospel came not to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance...

1 Thessalonians 2:1,13 For yourselves, brothers, know our entrance in to you, that it was not in vain...

ye.

Isaiah 2:17-21 And the loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men shall be made low...

Jeremiah 16:19 O LORD, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of affliction, the Gentiles shall come to you from the ends of the earth...

Zephaniah 2:11 The LORD will be terrible to them: for he will famish all the gods of the earth; and men shall worship him, every one from his place...

Zechariah 8:20-23 Thus said the LORD of hosts; It shall yet come to pass, that there shall come people, and the inhabitants of many cities...

Malachi 1:11 For from the rising of the sun even to the going down of the same my name shall be great among the Gentiles...

Acts 14:15 And saying, Sirs, why do you these things? We also are men of like passions with you...

Acts 26:17,18 Delivering you from the people, and from the Gentiles, to whom now I send you...

1 Corinthians 12:2 You know that you were Gentiles, carried away to these dumb idols, even as you were led.

Galatians 4:8,9 However, then, when you knew not God, you did service to them which by nature are no gods...

the living.

Deuteronomy 5:26 For who is there of all flesh, that has heard the voice of the living God speaking out of the middle of the fire, as we have...

1 Samuel 17:26,36 And David spoke to the men that stood by him, saying, What shall be done to the man that kills this Philistine...

Psalm 42:2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?

Psalm 84:2 My soul longs, yes, even faints for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh cries out for the living God.

Isaiah 37:4,17 It may be the LORD your God will hear the words of Rabshakeh, whom the king of Assyria his master has sent to reproach the living God...

Jeremiah 10:10 But the LORD is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king: at his wrath the earth shall tremble...

Daniel 6:26 I make a decree, That in every dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel: for he is the living God...

Hosea 1:10 Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured nor numbered...

Romans 9:26 And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said to them, You are not my people...

2 Corinthians 6:16,17 And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? for you are the temple of the living God; as God has said, I will dwell in them...

1 Timothy 4:10 For therefore we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men...

Hebrews 12:22 But you are come to mount Sion, and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,

Revelation 17:2 With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication...

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A Summary of Experience and a Body of Divinity
In those days there was a good deal of practical atheism abroad, and therefore the wonder was not so much that men left their idols, as that they turned unto the living God. It became a matter of talk all over the city, and the Jews in their violence helped to make the matter more notorious; for the mobs in the street and the attack upon the house of Jason all stirred the thousand tongues of rumour. Everybody spoke of the sudden appearance of three poor Jews, of their remarkable teaching in the synagogue,
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 30: 1884

Of Love to God
I proceed to the second general branch of the text. The persons interested in this privilege. They are lovers of God. "All things work together for good, to them that love God." Despisers and haters of God have no lot or part in this privilege. It is children's bread, it belongs only to them that love God. Because love is the very heart and spirit of religion, I shall the more fully treat upon this; and for the further discussion of it, let us notice these five things concerning love to God. 1. The
Thomas Watson—A Divine Cordial

Cross References
Joshua 3:10
This is how you will know that the living God is among you and that he will certainly drive out before you the Canaanites, Hittites, Hivites, Perizzites, Girgashites, Amorites and Jebusites.

Psalm 42:2
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?

Matthew 16:16
Simon Peter answered, "You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God."

Acts 14:15
"Friends, why are you doing this? We too are only human, like you. We are bringing you good news, telling you to turn from these worthless things to the living God, who made the heavens and the earth and the sea and everything in them.

1 Corinthians 12:2
You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to mute idols.

1 Thessalonians 2:1
You know, brothers and sisters, that our visit to you was not without results.

1 John 5:21
Dear children, keep yourselves from idols.

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