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1 Thessalonians 1:4

1 Thessalonians 1:4

Following his initial greeting Paul plunges into praise and thanksgiving to God for the faithful works and loving deeds of the dear believers in Thessalonica, and for their continual anticipation of Christ's return for His people. "We know that God loves you, dear brothers", he continues, "and that He chose you to be His own people".

I am sure that Paul had a special place in his heart for these brothers and read more...

1 Thessalonians 1:6

1 Thessalonians 1:6

As the body of Christ, we are to be united in love, to walk in the way of the Lord Jesus and to live the same type of life that He lived. Paul was the chosen apostle who was called by God to open up the many mysteries of the church, which is the body of Christ, and to Paul were given the mysteries of this Church age and the godly principles of walking in spirit and in truth.

Throughout his epistles Paul explains that we are not read more...

1 Thessalonians 1:10

1 Thessalonians 1:10

What a joy it was for the apostle Paul to see that the Christians at Thessalonica had turned away from their worldly ways and worship of idols.. and were looking to Christ. What a thrill to see them growing in grace; maturing in the faith and serving the true and living God, in spirit and in truth.

Like us, these believers had come to faith in the Person and Work of the Lord Jesus Christ. They knew He was the was the eternal Son read more...

1 Thessalonians 2:3

1 Thessalonians 2:3

Paul always kept the believers at Thessalonica in his prayers, because he was well-aware of their work of faith, their labour of love and their patience in hope.

They had formerly been idol worshippers, but had responded to the good news of the gospel of grace, and were wonderfully born again into the body of Christ and the kingdom of God.

However, there were those that questioned Paul's read more...

1 Thessalonians 2:12

1 Thessalonians 2:12

The life of a Christian should be much more concerned with the development of personal character, growing in grace, maturing in the faith and the manifestation of the fruit of the Spirit, than the ministry activities in which we are engaged, however valuable they may seem to us or to others.

The godly conduct of a believer is of more significance to our heavenly Father than the good works that we carry out read more...

1 Thessalonians 3:12

1 Thessalonians 3:12

Paul made no secret of His great love and concern for the believers in Thessalonica. Indeed, throughout all His writings this dear apostle had a deep affection and sincere concern for all the body of Christ.

This particular letter holds a very special place in the canon of Scripture, as it is said to be the first letter of instruction and encouragement that the apostle Paul wrote to any Church. In it he set out the principles and practice for a good read more...

1 Thessalonians 3:13

1 Thessalonians 3:13

Paul was deeply concerned for the spiritual wellbeing of all who trusted Christ for salvation. His first epistle to the Thessalonians included important information for their ongoing, spiritual development. He prayed earnestly for the Thessalonian believers…  that the Lord may establish your hearts without blame in holiness before our God and Father – at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all His read more...

1 Thessalonians 4:1

1 Thessalonians 4:1

Paul laid out to the Thessalonian believers how they should continue to walk in a manner that was pleasing to the Lord. There was an urgency in his earnest entreaty, for Paul desired that these faithful believers and all who trust in the Lord Jesus as Saviour, would excel in their spiritual walk and live godly lives, to the praise of our Father in heaven.

Paul knew that the Lord was soon going to return and read more...

1 Thessalonians 4:4

1 Thessalonians 4:4

Paul was given a unique place in the Church, because he was the one who was called and chosen by God, to have a special ministry to the gentiles.

Paul had been halted, in his anti-Christian rampage, on the road to Damascus. His objective had been to exterminate every Christian man, woman and child, from the face of the earth. But he was arrested in his heart by Jesus of Nazareth, and his zealous hatred was turned into a read more...

1 Thessalonians 4:13

1 Thessalonians 4:13

There are a number of areas in our Christian walk of which we should not be ignorant. We should not be ignorant of the spiritual gifts relating to the Church age nor the cunning devices of Satan, who seeks to entrap us in worldly pursuits, fleshly activities and cunning lies.

We should not be ignorant of God's past and future work in connection with the nation of Israel nor of God's dealings with the Body of Christ (the read more...

1 Thessalonians 4:14

1 Thessalonians 4:14

When we first hear the good news that Jesus died and rose again to pay the price for our sins and that salvation is God’s gift of grace to all sinners who believe in His only begotten Son, our hearts rejoiced with great joy. But our whole life should be lived in the knowledge that we really do have the most wonderful eternal hope, prepared for us in heaven.

Our salvation is the first step on our Christian journey through this read more...

1 Thessalonians 4:16

1 Thessalonians 4:16

“In the midst of life we are in death,' is a well-known saying that is very true of every member of the human race, for we are born dead in our sins and we are spiritually separated from God. Death in the Bible means separation.. and although we live in physical bodies on this terrestrial plane.. physical death is everyman's eventual destiny, when our spirit and soul are separated from our material body. Physical death is the point where we are transferred read more...

1 Thessalonians 4:17

1 Thessalonians 4:17

Paul was keen to explain what will happens to Christians at the end of the Church age as well as instructing us on how to live godly lives during this present dispensation. He did not want believers to remain uninformed about our future destiny – but was eager to enlighten us about the blessed hope we have in Christ.

As children of the read more...

1 Thessalonians 5:2

1 Thessalonians 5:2

The Thessalonian Christian knew all about the coming day of the Lord, which was to be a time of great trouble for Israel, when God's wrath is poured out on a Christ-rejecting sinful world, and there are many prophecies in the Old Testament that foretell of this future time of judgement. But like us, they were unaware of the timing that this event, only knowing that it would descend upon an unprepared world, as a thief in the night, for as the Lord Jesus reminded read more...

1 Thessalonians 5:5

1 Thessalonians 5:5

Paul longs to be with the Lord, knowing that the suffering and pain of this present age will one day give way to the unimaginable glory of being with Christ forever. And having detailed the return of the Lord in the air for His church, with a loud shout, the voice of the archangel and the trumpet-call of God - when we shall all be changed in the twinkling of an eye, Paul then outlines how we should behave, as we wait for Christ’s glorious and imminent read more...

1 Thessalonians 5:6

1 Thessalonians 5:6

The coming 'Day-of-the-Lord' is a future period of time, when God will intervene in the history of mankind, once again. This prophesised 'Day' is not a 24-hour long period, but a specific season in the history of the world.

As Christians, we are exhorted to be alert and sober, as we see this 'Day' approaching. We should not to allow this day to creep up on us unawares, or sleep as others do. We should not be indifferent or read more...

1 Thessalonians 5:8

1 Thessalonians 5:8

Both the Corinthians and Thessalonians Christians received some important, and complimentary teaching on the rapture and the resurrection. The Corinthians received detailed facts on the resurrection of the body and our future, immortal state, while in Thessalonians we are given encouraging revelation about the end times, and the moment when we, who are alive and remain, will be caught up in the clouds with the resurrected saints - to be with the Lord, read more...

1 Thessalonians 5:9

1 Thessalonians 5:9

The wrath of God must be poured out on ALL sin, and the wages of sin is death. For the Christian the full force of God's wrath was poured out on Christ instead of on us. He was punished in our stead. He was made sin for us. He shed His blood on our account. The wrath of God was poured out in fullest measure on Christ so that your sin and mine could be forgiven by grace through faith in Him.

God's wrath was poured out on Christ in read more...

1 Thessalonians 5:10

1 Thessalonians 5:10

There is not one solitary place that we can go to, nor a single state that we can be in that is able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. He died that we could be united to Him by faith, and live together with Him, forever. Clearly, the wages of sin is death, and assuredly, we are all sinners deserving of the terrible punishment of death. But when we trusted Christ as Saviour, His sacrificial death redeemed us from the many read more...

1 Thessalonians 5:11

1 Thessalonians 5:11

1 Thessalonians holds a special place in the canon of Scripture, as this was the first epistle the apostle Paul wrote, and it contains a significant amount of Church-age doctrine, including much notable information about the rapture of the Church, and Christ's second coming, to set up His millennial kingdom.

Unlike many of his other epistles, there are no controversies to correct or false teachings to refute in this book. 1 read more...

1 Thessalonians 5:16

1 Thessalonians 5:16

Having just told us the glories of our bodily resurrection and the rapture of the church, which is the believer's confident hope... and also having given us full assurance that we are not appointed to go through the coming period of great tribulation, (when the wrath of God is poured out on a Christ rejecting sinful world - and Israel is restored to their God-appointed position of supremacy on earth), Paul give us some wise instruction on how to live read more...

1 Thessalonians 5:17

1 Thessalonians 5:17

Knowing that the day of the Lord is fast approaching and also knowing that our citizenship is reserved for us in heaven, by grace through faith in the saving work of Jesus Christ on the cross - Paul outlines what sort of life a believer should live.

Close to the top of his list of godly instructions, on how to live a fruitful Christian life is: pray without ceasing; pray continuously - pray and keep on praying.  Prayer read more...

1 Thessalonians 5:18

1 Thessalonians 5:18

In summing up his first epistle to the believers in Thessalonica, Paul admonishes them (and us) to live a life that is pleasing in the sight of the Lord - a life that glorifies our Father in heaven. He calls us to encourage the fainthearted; to support the weak - to show goodness and grace to all people, and not to return evil with evil.

He exhorts us to engage in ongoing rejoicing and ceaseless prayer, as we take every read more...

1 Thessalonians 5:19

1 Thessalonians 5:19

Although the heavens declare the glory of God and creation shouts abroad the wonders of His name, only the Word of God gives us a full and final revelation of the Father, in the face of Jesus Christ. And we discover that by faith in Christ's sacrifice on the cross, the Holy Spirit of God does many wonderful things in our hearts.

We are born from above, regenerated and sealed; adopted, baptised into the body of Christ and read more...

1 Thessalonians 5:21

1 Thessalonians 5:21

In his final greeting to the Church at Thessalonica, Paul gives various warnings and exhortations to the body of Christ on how to live a godly life, that is worthy of our position in Christ. Here we are called to: test all things, examine everything carefully, and to hold fast that which is good, genuine and true. In order to do so we need to be like the Berean believers, who searched the Scriptures daily to see if the things they were being taught in read more...

1 Thessalonians 5:22

1 Thessalonians 5:22

So often as Paul draws his epistles to a close, he gives a list of wise instructions on godly living with the view to developing a Christ-like nature, where the man or woman of God may learn to grow in grace and mature in the faith - in the power of the Holy Spirit. One such instruction, which follows a call to worship the Lord in spirit and truth is to: abstain from all sorts of evil.

To separate ourselves from all sorts of evil read more...

1 Thessalonians 5:23

1 Thessalonians 5:23

Full maturity and the complete sanctification of each and every believer (spirit, soul and body) is Paul's earnest desires for all Christians. Some incorrectly consider that we can reach sinless perfection in this life, but this is unbiblical, for our old sin nature, (which resides within this mortal body) lusts against our new life in Christ - and this will continue until we discard this fallen, earthy, mortal frame, and are taken to be with the read more...

1 Thessalonians 5:24

1 Thessalonians 5:24

Down through the generations God has proved Himself faithful and down through those same ages God has been working towards His perfect plan and purpose for humanity, which is that Christ is all and in all. And the work that He wants to do in the lives of each of His children is to transform us into the image and likeness of the lovely Lord Jesus Christ - spirit, soul and body.

God has set out in His Word how this is to be read more...

1 Thessalonians 5:25

1 Thessalonians 5:25

Prayer has been called ‘the breath of the soul’ and expresses the very essence of faith in our heavenly Father. Prayer is the fruit of a humble and helpless heart, that comes before the Lord in loving trust.

It is the means of two-way fellowship between the Lord of heaven and earth, and His helpless child, and it is a most precious tool that God has given to each of His children. Prayer is the tool that encourages our continuous appeal to His read more...