1 Thessalonians 5



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1 Thessalonians 5:1 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.

2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
  • We needn't write concerning the time Christ will return.
  • You know what is commonly taught that he will come as a thief in the night, but pay attention as you read on.
  • Nobody knows when a thief in the night. Study to know the seasons
  • 2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
  • Revelation 9:4 And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.
3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
  • There is much talk on radio, TV and the press concerning peace of today.
  • World peace, or one Worldism, is one of the signs of the last days.
  • Them = Those that don't study God's word
4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
  • If you're in darkness = same as not knowing God's word = As a thief in the night
  • Don't worry about it; you know better.
  • If you're a child of the light, if Christ is your light John 3:17-21 you have no worries.
  • John 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
    18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
    19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
    20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
    21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
  • That should alleviate a lot of fear in people's minds and hearts, as far as being deceived by the false christ is concerned; for a child in Christ's light of truth is NEVER in the darkness of satan's lies and deception.
  • It does matter what hour is on the clock.
6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.
  • Let us observe and know the signs of the coming by studying His teaching, the word of God.
  • Don't fall asleep at the last hour.
7 For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.
  • They that slumber in this stupor and deception and they that be drunken and cannot function mentally.
8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.
  • Knowing and robbing yourself in the truth.
  • If you go to Ephesians 6, you will determine what the gospel armor is in its entirety.
9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
  • God has not destined you for punishment, but He's appointed or chosen you for salvation by our Lord Jesus.
10 Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.
  • Paul refers here to life and death again.
  • Whether you live until He comes or whether you die before he comes, as long as you believe and follow Him, you will live together with Him.
  • If alive in the flesh, He is in your heart; if dead, you are with Him at the throne.
  • He is your Light and He is always with you.
11 Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.
  • Because of this good news, comfort each other, instruct each other  and build one another up.
  • Death has no sting when you look forward to everlasting life.
  • This life is open to pain, disease, temptation.. but something so much better awaits us.
12 And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you;

13 And to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake. And be at peace among yourselves.

14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.
  • In verses 12-13, Paul instructs them to work with and respect their fellow members in the Lord.
  • Now, in verse 14, he urges them to teach the people that know not the truth and to especially help and strengthen those that are weak.
  • He says to be patients with them.
  • You know and understand what's going to happen, but these others have been misled and are in confusion.
  • Be patient with them and help them.
15 See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.

16 Rejoice evermore.
  • We have much to rejoice over; no one in the world sits in the position of happiness, fullness and peace of mind that we do, even at this time.
17 Pray without ceasing.

18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

19 Quench not the Spirit.
  • Think of Him constantly, thank and appreciate Him and when the Holy Spirit moves upon you, make room in your heart and rejoice in it.
20 Despise not prophesying's.

21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
  • Don't reject prophecy, but always check whether it be of the Father or not.
22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.

23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Again, the message.. until the coming of The Lord.
24 Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.
  • God chose you, and He is faithful to His promises.
25 Brethren, pray for us.

26 Greet all the brethren with an holy kiss.
  • A brotherly kiss.
27 I charge you by the Lord that this epistle be read unto all the holy brethren.
  • Study this epistle and read it to all the brethren, teaching them these things.
28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.
  • I think 1 Thessalonians is one of the most comforting books as for as what shall happen until the return of Christ and also what is in the hereafter.
  • 2 Thessalonians rounds out Paul's Message and we see the tenderness, compassion and understanding he has for the people in this church.
 
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