The closing verses of 1 Thessalonians 5 (vs. 12-28) come under the heading of “Final instructions”, and in them God, through Paul, sets out a comprehensive “how to check list” for the Christian church to live by – awaiting the Lord’s return. Notice the emphasis is upon “living” a life pleasing to God in Christ that will witness His setting apart of His people – which in turn should bind them together in the unity of Christ – enabling His church to stand united in times of difficulty and challenges! Take some time to read through the “check list” – would we pass muster?”
Hopefully, the promise of the Lord’s return, as specifically revealed by God in 1 Thessalonians Chapters 4 and 5, is taken as a “given”, and as a source of great comfort and encouragement by all Christians to-day. But sadly, some continue to literally “waste” their time trying to determine the date of the Lord’s return, despite Jesus Himself telling the World clearly that God The Father alone knows the appointed time of His return (Matthew 24:36)! Rather, all Christians should live out each day as if that day could be the day of the Lord’s return, and be found by Him living a life worthy of His calling – 1 Thessalonians.5:12-24; Ephesians .4:1-6 – should He come then?”
“In Chapter 4 of 1 Thessalonians, Paul moves on from encouragement to instruction in what many commentators describe as the “ethics” of Christian living – what Paul also refers to in Philippians l.2:12b as “continuing to work your salvation with fear and trembling!” The focus being to live a life that increasingly seeks to please God in every aspect (Christ likeness). But Paul also moves onto qualify/ expand his previous instruction re: the Lord’s Return (Second Coming) – affirming that the saving work of Christ (His death and resurrection) extends beyond physical death into a guaranteed resurrected life with Christ. May all Christian’s be challenged to “continue to work out their salvation” to the glory of God in this life, and be encouraged by God’s promise of their resurrected life to come, in and through Jesus Christ”.
“Chapter 3 of 1 Thessalonians reminds me of the old saying – “iron sharpens iron” – which can be found in Proverbs 27:17 “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another”. In Old testament culture, one iron blade was used to sharpen another – which makes the sharpened blade more useful and effective. In the context of Chapter 3, this relates to caring relationships, sometimes involving criticism, and positive perseverance that encourages others spiritually and personally. May we be as iron sharpens irons to others.”
“Chapter 2 of 1 Thessalonians, provides us with a unique insight of what it meant to be part of a “new” church plant during the early pioneering mission work of the New Testament Church. It reveals the truly testing and threatening circumstances facing the newly established Church – and the attitude required of both Pastor and congregation to persevere. The reason for doing so – to be a Gospel witness for Christ, and to become the means by which the gentiles may be saved. Is this also our reason for being His Church? “