Showing posts with label 1 Thessalonians. Show all posts
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Thursday, April 17, 2014

1 Thessalonians 5

Nobody can predict the time of Christ's arrival - the day of Jesus will come as a thief in the night. The believers of Christ are told to be alert so as not to be surprised.
1 Thessalonians 5:5-6 You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober
We are told to be watchful and sober, wearing the breastplate of faith and love, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. God did not appoint us for wrath. Whether we are awake or asleep, we should live together with our Lord Jesus Christ.

In a series of miscellaneous commands, Paul encourages to have community health, respect the authority of leaders, maintain peace, patience, kindness rather than revenge, joy, prayer, thanksgiving, and avoiding every kind of evil. Warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, do not quench the Spirit, or despise prophecies.

May the peace of God sanctify completely. May body and soul be blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Greet the brethren with a holy kiss. Read this letter to all brethren.

Additional Info:
Couple of short verses in this chapter:
1 Thessalonians 5:16
1 Thessalonians 5:17

1 Thessalonians 4

Paul urged believers to continue pleasing the Lord. He highlighted three specific areas in this chapter:
  1. Avoid sexual immorality and control bodies in a way to keep it holy. 
  2. Instead of lust, believers should love one another. 
  3. Live productive and independent lives.
Pagan standards of sexual behavior fell far short of Jewish and Christian one. For those young converts, the sexual pull of old ways was quite strong. It is God's will to avoid  sexual immorality.
1 Thessalonians 4:3-8 It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the pagans, who do not know God; and that in this matter no one should wrong or take advantage of a brother or sister. The Lord will punish all those who commit such sins, as we told you and warned you before. For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. Therefore, anyone who rejects this instruction does not reject a human being but God, the very God who gives you his Holy Spirit.
Paul urged them to increase their love for one another, to lead quiet lives, mind their own business, and work, being an example to others.
1 Thessalonians 4:9-12 Now about your love for one another we do not need to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other. And in fact, you do love all of God’s family throughout Macedonia. Yet we urge you, brothers and sisters, to do so more and more, and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.
Paul tells not to be ignorant about those who have fallen asleep. Jesus died and rose again – those who sleep in Jesus will likewise rise. Christians who have died before Jesus are not at a disadvantage, but will rise first. Those of us alive and remaining until the coming of Jesus will be caught up to meet Jesus in the air.
1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words.

1 Thessalonians 3

Paul sent Timothy to the Thessalonians, in his place to strengthen and encourage them during their trials and to check how their faith was holding up. Timothy brought back an encouraging report, and Paul rejoices.
1 Thessalonians 3:6 But Timothy has just now come to us from you and has brought good news about your faith and love. He has told us that you always have pleasant memories of us and that you long to see us, just as we also long to see you. 
This leads Paul to pray for them once again. He asked God to make a reunion possible.
1 Thessalonians 3:10 Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you again and supply what is lacking in your faith.
He wishes them to increase and abound in love, and have hearts established in holiness.

1 Thessalonians 2

Paul and his colleagues dared to tell the gospel of Jesus Christ in the midst of strong opposition. In the process, they are trying to please God.
1 Thessalonians 2:3-4 For the appeal we make does not spring from error or impure motives, nor are we trying to trick you. On the contrary, we speak as those approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please people but God, who tests our hearts. 
They were gentle, as a nursing mother is with a child. They toiled hard to preach the gospel of God - just like how a father would encourage his children.
1 Thessalonians 2:11-12 For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.
The Thessalonians suffered at the hands of their fellow countrymen, just as the churches of Judea did. Jesus also suffered persecution, and so did the prophets. Those who inflict suffering are contrary to God, and refuse to associate with gentiles.

Paul wanted to visit the Thessalonians, and did his very best. But Satan hindered him.
1 Thessalonians 2:17 But, brothers and sisters, when we were orphaned by being separated from you for a short time (in person, not in thought), out of our intense longing we made every effort to see you. 

1 Thessalonians 1

Paul, Silas and Timothy wish grace and peace from God the father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Paul gratefully remembers the Thessalonians’ work of faith, labor prompted by love and endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.

The gospel comes in word, in power and in the Holy Spirit, making the Thessalonians followers. He encouraged them on their good work.
1 Thessalonians 1:6-7 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. And so you became a model to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia. 
The Thessalonians had turned from idols to the living and true God, and are waiting for His son from heaven.

An intro to Thessalonians

Paul and Silas found the church in Thessalonica, and it is recorded in Acts 17. Due to violent opposition from Jews, they have to leave soon. Paul used to stay at Jason's house. Jews stirred up trouble because Paul was winning converts from Judaism. Jason and few other Christians were hauled before the magistrate, and bound over to maintain peace. In the interest of safety, the church asked Paul and other missionaries away.

After many failed attempts to return to Thessalonica, Paul sends Timothy instead. Timothy brought good news that believers were staying strong in their faith and were wanting some encouragement and additional instructions.

Paul writes these two letters for the sake of encouragement and instruction.