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He is Faithful

1 Thessalonians 5:24

Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it. 

 

I love this verse! I am taught that God calls and God sustains his call. We as children of God are called to him for his service and when he calls us to him, he will take care of us. When he begins something, he always completes it (Philippians 1:6). He is faithful.

 

 

 

 

Do it Some More

1 Thessalonians 5:11

Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.

 

The people of this church were examples, they received the word, they loved others, they had great faith and much more. This was an exemplary church. I’ll tells them to comfort each other and edify each other, apparently something that they are already doing, Yep Paul exhorts them that they continue. In previous chapters, he said they had faith in love and get the urge them to continue having faith and love. Now he recommends them for comforting and edifying each other, but he tells them to continue on. 

And it is good that we have helped others and edified others at different times, but we cannot just have stories and memories of what we have done in the past – we must continue comforting and edifying other children of God. May we consistently find ways to comfort and edify people that God places in our path.

 

The Lord’s Return

1 Thessalonians 5:1-10

 

At any Moment – vs 2

For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.

 

Paul had just told the Christians about the rapture (just verses prior) and now he tells them that it will be soon. Christ’ coming will be like a thief in the night. No one expects a thief, he comes at the least expected time. Paul is stating that it is going to happen and warning them that it can happen at any moment. He says that they know perfectly about that day. They know it is going to happen. 

And the exact same could be said of us. We know that our Lord is coming back. We know it will be soon and at any moment. But just because we know it does not mean we are truly ready for it. May we live expecting, both by our actions and our life.

 

 

Does not have to Take us by Surprise – vs 4

But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. 

 

These Christians knew better, they were not in darkness about the subject of Christ coming. 

And so we today are not in darkness either. We’ve heard messages preached, we’ve read the Bible and heard others talk about Christ coming. We know he is coming, we are not in darkness and it does not have to take a surprise. 

 

 

Action Steps – vs 6

Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.

 

Now that Paul has made them aware and reminded them that they know our Lord is coming back, it gives them the action step. I’ll tell them it is time to wake up, begin watching and be sober.

Asleep – so many times we are sleep spiritually, not thinking about or caring about what reality is. It’s time to wake up.

Watch – open arise, quit focusing on the wrong things and ignoring what is right in front of our eyes. Be attentive. 

Be Sober – this is the opposite of being drunk. We are not to allow our minds, heart or bodies to be controlled by any other thoughts, we are to be sober. We are told to be sober because the devil wants to destroy us (1 Peter 5:8), and now we are told to be sober because our Lord is coming back at any time.

 

 

Good Thought to be Comforted By

1 Thessalonians 4:18

Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

Upon concluding the expectation of the rapture, Paul tells the people to “comfort one another with these words“. So many aspects in which we can be comforted by:

1. We will one day be ruptured away from this old world and spend eternity with our God.

2. We will be reunited with our saved loved ones who have already left this world. 

3. Christians will be taken away before tribulation time – our God has already paid all the tribulation up on the cross and we do not have to face it.

4. All Christians will “ever be with the Lord” (vs. 17). 

 

 

We have Hope

1 Thessalonians 4:13 

But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.

In the next five verses, up to the end of this chapter, Paul emphasizes the return of our savior. When he kicks off the topic, he tells us where the be leaving dead are, they’re not in the ground, but with our God. Paul tells us that we don’t have to weep as the lost who have no hope for their perished loved ones. As Christians, we have the hope and knowledge that we will see them again. All those in Christ who have left this world, are with our God and we will day will be joined with them. We have hope.