Be assured that, if we are near enough to God, we shall not be at a loss to know His will.
1 THESSALONIANS 1
You can learn of the background of this book by reading Acts 17:1-9. In the first letter (Epistle) we are constantly struck with the freshness of the hope these new believers had in Christ. And at the same time, they were being persecuted terribly. Does it seem strange that these two things, joyful hope and persecutions could be had at the same time? Paul himself constantly had both, and rarely was without them. So he shared their joys.
1 Thes 1:2-4 Faith, love and hope. A glorious life we have, happy we are if we live in them.
1 Thes 1:5-10 But the Christian life isn't just contemplation... it is living it out! The faithful way in which these believers were living was known in many places.
1 Thes 1:9-10 Positive change had come into their life. There are 3 things here: (1) they had turned to God from idols. (2) They were waiting for His Son from heaven. (3) He had saved them from God's anger and judgement which is to come on this world. Doesn't that make all our difficulties and sorrows seem so small?
Those who care enough to ask twice, "where", will be shown "where". And He will say , "there". Luke 22: 9,11,12. "And having gone, they found it as He had said unto them".
1 THESSALONIANS 2
1 Thes 2:1-11 The life which Paul lived was exactly the same as the one they were called upon to bear; a life of joyful hope and hard labor. He wasn't telling them doctrine, but pointing out what will be the results of having received the doctrine of Christ. The doctrine we learn in these two books concerns the details of the two future comings of the Lord Jesus.
1 Thes 2:12 The happy Christian life is one of constant watchfulness, though God may sometimes give us pleasant circumstances. But these people were mostly suffering persecution for their faith. Sometimes we get criticized by other believers when we stand firmly, as these Thessalonians did.
1 Thes 2:13 They had not received the message as if it came from Paul, but as the Word of God. And notice it says that it works when we believe it! How much do we really believe it? And our life is showing how much we believe. The Word of God is the source of all our confidence.
1 Thes 2:14-20 Persecutions, which were caused by Satan hindering Paul, means that he was not able to see them face to face. But he accepted that as being allowed by God.
1 Thes 2:19-20 But this very hindrance made him think of when they all would be together with Christ in heaven. Notice how the believers, as well as Christ, filled his heart with joy. We often just think of being with Christ, but we are going to bring joy to each other as well.
It is worth a world to have an intimate eternity with Christ.
1 THESSALONIANS 3
1 Thes 3:1-10 Paul had only been able to stay a short while at Thessalonica because the Jews were stirring up great persecutions - Acts 17. He had to move on to Berea. But even there the Jews of that city came to stir up trouble against Paul. After this Paul hears that a great storm of persecution had broken out against the Thessalonians. Paul is very concerned that these believers had not been able to stand the persecution, so he sent Timothy to find out how they were getting along. When Timothy returned, and told Paul the good news that their faith and love (verse 6) had stood firm, he was comforted.
1 Thes 3:8 He was so close in spirit to those believers that he can say "we live if ye stand fast in the Lord".
1 Thes 3:11 Joy flooded Paul's soul as he thought of being able to see them.
1 Thes 3:12 They had surely shown love for one another... he desired more... because he himself had such burning love for them. Divine love is eternal... is infinite... is the greatest power known. The love in verse 12 produces the holiness in verse 13, but holiness does not necessarily produce love.
If you seek how you may discover the will of God without obedience, you are seeking evil.
1 THESSALONIANS 4
1 Thes 4:1 We are to live in such a way that it will be pleasing to God. Remember, He has given us the power to do this.
1 Thes 4:2-8 Here we have a warning against immorality, gently spoken, surely. The Thessalonians had lived the immoral, pagan life before being saved. It was hard for them to change suddenly. But the power of the new life is stronger than the power of the old life. When living in obedience to God's will (verse 3), this power is able to overcome the power of the old life. The Lord would punish any who disregarded the purity of marriage. A man who took another man's wife, not only disregarded the husband but also disregarded the body as the dwelling place of God's Spirit. - 1 Cor. 6:18-20.
1 Thes 4:8-12 He didn't need to remind them to love one another, but says that they should love each other even more.
1 Thes 4:11 One of the few times the word "study" is used in the Scriptures. Notice what we are to study to be! The heart that rests in Christ and His present position in glory, is quiet, at peace, and is satisfied with the circumstances of his life.
1 Thes 4:12 Beautiful promise to the person who lives Christ before his unsaved neighbors and acquaintances, not depending on them for his needs.
1 Thes 4:13-18 Important six verses. Unless you understand them you will not have the hope which every believer needs to have daily. No events in the world need to take place before this event. The Lord Jesus can come at any moment, and take away every believer to heaven. Every true believer will hear His voice (not only those who are watching, as is being taught by some Christians today). All others will be left behind for judgement. There is no second chance for those who have heard the gospel.
Submission to the Word of God, secures the maintenance of the truth to us, and assures our learning more
1 THESSALONIANS 5, Verses 1-11
1 Thes 5:1-11 These verses are not referring to the Lord's coming which we were reading of yesterday. They refer to the coming of the Lord with us. Not many believers know the difference. The "day of the Lord" has been prophesied since Enoch's day (see Jude 14). The entire Old Testament only refers to the coming of the Lord as we are going to comment today and never mentions the coming of the Lord to take us. No doubt this is why Paul says that he had no need to explain what we are going to see today.
It is the day of the Lord's greatest exaltation. The death of Christ was the day of His greatest humiliation. It will affect every creature in heaven and on earth, and will bring about a tremendous change on the earth... the millennium will begin... the reign of Christ as King over this entire world... the Day of the Lord. This coming of the Lord is referred to as "the appearing", because the whole world will see Him (as the Sun of Righteousness - Mal 4:2... the sun wakes up people). But when He comes for us, it is like the morning star rising - Rev. 22:16 (the world sleeps when this star rises).
1 Thes 5:2 The day of the Lord's coming is as a thief in the night. The day is like a thief, not that the Lord is like a thief. He will take away the unsaved (not the saved). "Two shall be in the field; the one (unsaved) shall be taken, and the other (believer) left". Mat 24:39-40. This is referring to the "appearing".
1 Thes 5:8 These things are important for every believer to know.
The simple soul that has his heart right, cannot go wrong.
1 THESSALONIANS 5, Verses 12-28
1 Thes 5:12-28 Instructions as to everyday conduct, but by no means unimportant. Those who were the most exposed to the persecutions and dangers were the most protected by the Lord.
1 Thes 5:12-13 They were to pay attention to, and love those who brought the new truth of Christianity. Christians in general, today do not want this truth.
1 Thes 5:14-15 Briefer, but no less important instructions,
1 Thes 5:16 Rejoicing never need stop for the believer, because he does not get his joy from his circumstances.
1 Thes 5:16-21 These have to do with us personally.
1 Thes 5:21-22 Notice carefully that God says in the first verse "Hold fast" (hold tightly) to what is right, and the second verse, He says "Hold aloof" (keep far away) from all wickedness.
1 Thes 5:23 Here is what the God of peace, Himself, will then do for you, in your spirit, soul and your body!
1 Thes 5:24 More! What God promises you, He will do it!
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