1 Thessalonians 2:1-8

1For yourselves, brethren, know our entrance in unto you, that it was not in vain: 2But even after that we had suffered before, and were shamefully entreated, as ye know, at Philippi, we were bold in our God to speak unto you the gospel of God with much contention. 3For our exhortation was not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile: 4But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts. 5For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloak of covetousness; God is witness: 6Nor of men sought we glory, neither of you, nor yet of others, when we might have been burdensome, as the apostles of Christ. 7But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children: 8So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were dear unto us.

Comment: Paul, when preaching the message about his encounter with the resurrected Jesus, is either lying or telling the truth. Paul claims the reason for believing him is that he has nothing to gain by preaching this message. In fact, he was willing to continue preaching even though he had been beaten in Philippi [cf. Acts 16:22], encountered opposition there in Thessalonica, wasn't gaining financially, and wasn't gaining any prestige. In fact, he claims to be preaching the message to please God and because of his love for the Thessalonians. These are compelling reasons for believing Paul was sincere and telling the truth that he had seen and received his message from the resurrected Jesus. Liars have selfish, rather than magnanimous, reasons for their lies.