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1 Thessalonians

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Meeting the Lord

1 Thessalonians 4:16-18

All people need hope, and most hold onto the possibility of better things in the future. But Christians are confident that their hope is not in their imagination; it is secured on the promises of God. The Lord Jesus said that He will come again to eliminate evil and to reveal His eternal kingdom.

Inescapable Joy and Judgement

1 Thessalonians 5:1-3

Everybody in God's redeemed family is looking forward to the return of Jesus Christ. Their eager expectation is part of the evidence that they belong to Him. They are brothers and sisters awaiting the joy of meeting their Saviour. But they do not know when it will be. Nor does anybody else, believer or unbeliever.

Don't Live In The Darkness

1 Thessalonians 5:4-8

The Second Coming of Christ will affect everybody (Revelation 1:7).

Waiting For The Appointment

1 Thessalonians 5:9-11

Each of us has an appointment to meet Jesus. When we see Him we will tell Him everything (2 Corinthians 5:10) and God's wrath will fall on all unrighteousness.

Respect Spiritual Leadership

1 Thessalonians 5:12-13

Each follower of Jesus is related to every other believer as a spiritual brother or sister. There is a wonderful equality in His family. However, He has appointed leaders who should be respected (Hebrews 13:17).

Godly Relationships

1 Thessalonians 5:14-15

Believing in Jesus is the start of a whole new set of relationships. Each person who repents and receives Jesus as their Lord and Saviour is made a child of God (John 1:12).

Joy, Prayer and Praise

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Joy is one of the consequences of the Holy Spirit's presence in a believer (Galatians 5:22). It expresses the relief of sins forgiven, the confidence of being loved by God and the prospect of being welcomed by Jesus when He comes again. But adverse circumstances, inner conflicts and doubts may dull our joy.

Spiritual Wisdom

1 Thessalonians 5:19-22

God the Holy Spirit has been given to every believer (Romans 8:9).

God is Faithful

1 Thessalonians 5:23-24

What is the faithfulness of God, and to whom is He faithful? Faithfulness is part of His character; He never deviates from who He is and He always fulfils what He has promised. He is true to His Word. Because of God's unchanging nature Father, Son and Spirit implicitly trust one another other (Hebrews 3:2).

Stand Together in Prayer and the Word

1 Thessalonians 5:25-28

Although the Apostle Paul was God's chosen gospel messenger to the Gentiles (Acts 26:17-18), he and his team were humble.