1 thessalonians 5:23 devotional

will want to know about Your Son. Yesterday we saw that Paul used the image of a caring mother to describe his relationship with the Thessalonians. Why was Paul concerned about the Thessalonians? That is why you might want to pray about finding someone of the same sex who could become your accountability partner. Giving thanks in all circumstances does not mean that we become thrilled with the prospect of pain. Next, we see that their true Christian love prompted an intentional effort that Paul here describes as “labor.” Finally, the Thessalonians persevered, indicating their hope in the Lord Jesus Christ. As God declares Himself to those around us by His Word and through our lives, we can become a bridge to those who do not yet know the love of Christ. He had planted the church, and the believers there represented the fruit of his ministry (Acts 17:1-9). Paul went from Thessalonica to Athens, where his escorts left him (Acts 17:15). What we should feel is peace of heart, not fearing God's wrath because we have a different ""appointment"" awaiting us--full and final salvation (1Th 5:9)! The fact that 1 Thessalonians may be one of the earliest of Paul's letters (second, after Galatians) shows that opposition to his ministry existed from the start. The word for “convinced” is the same as in verse six--God has guaranteed it! 1:6), indicating that the mob action of Acts 17 was not just a momentary persecution. What should Christians do and how should we feel about the prospect of God's judgment falling on earth? He is the “God of peace” (v. 23). Paul gave them an example of holding to the word despite suffering. A humorous poster sold by Despair, Inc. mimics the motivational art displayed in the workplace. Paul had already told the Thessalonians, ""It is God's will that you should be sanctified"" (1Th 4:3). Spiritually, Paul warns: “The Lord will punish all those who commit such sins” (v. 6). They tend to their own affairs and refrain from meddling. Our words need not be unnecessarily harsh. We can pray continually in the same way that we can always be joyful. The Jerusalem church's request of Paul and his willingness to comply shows how earnestly both James and Paul desired unity between believers. You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everybody. To the church he had planted in Thessalonica, Paul wrote: “From you the word of the Lord has sounded forth, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place” (1 Thess. It's unclear how long Paul stayed in Thessalonica. If so, he would have been humiliated for having labored in vain. We knew there was no real fire, so we felt perfectly safe as we lined up and followed our teacher to the prearranged exit. He identified himself clearly and even signed 2 Thessalonians with his own hand (3:17). '” Yet as Martin Luther once asked, “If Christ wore a crown of thorns, why should His followers expect only a crown of roses?”. Make it your ambition today to work for the glory of God. If you have not yet trusted in Jesus Christ for eternal life, turn to Him today. Possibly a more general reference is in view; undisciplined idleness and despair over the dead would hinder one's ability to hear the Spirit. It was a golden feeling.” Nearly 90 percent of that class went on to graduate from high school. In his inspiring book, Too Soon to Quit, former MBI President, Dr. George Sweeting, includes a warm tribute to his boyhood pastor in New Jersey, Herrmann G. Braunlin. But our status as children of God is not based on personal performance. He immediately went to the home of Mary, where he knew the prayer vigil was taking place. This probably explains why Paul defends himself and his ministry at several points in 1 Thessalonians, including today's passage. Back on November, we encouraged you to pray for a friend or a family member who needs Christ. In God's sovereign purposes, believers aren't chosen and redeemed because they are better than others or have more intrinsic goodness than those people who reject the good news of God's salvation. Because Thessalonica was a free city, its rulers were eager to avoid any disturbance that would threaten its independence from Rome. When parents leave their children with a babysitter, behavior is often affected by how soon the parents will return. In addition to their steadfast confidence in Christ, the Thessalonians also longed to be with Paul. You might think that the Parable of the Ten Virgins (Matt. More than a thousand people attended Pastor Braunlin’s memorial service in 1995, a testimony to the love that people had for their pastor. Rather than impersonal duty, we see Paul's deep affection for his spiritual children. Paul was eager to peel back a corner of heaven and show them the hope they had. 2 Cor. While this case is complicated and is still in court, it shows a growing misunderstanding that many Christians have concerning the purpose and value of church leaders. When those who had gone to get batteries came back, it was too late. Why? They also belong with Christ. The third element of Timothy’s mission was to reassure Paul. —Tucker. 15:4). Also recall from our study on Acts (see September 2007), that Paul's strategy was always to minister first in local synagogues until he was forced to leave, just as he had done in Thessalonica. His joy in them focused not on what is temporal, such as trials and persecution, but on what is eternal. 1 Thessalonians 5:22, 2 Corinthians 8:16-24, Avoid every kind of evil. This verse proves that man is a tri-unity of soul, body, and spirit, patterned in a sense after the divine Godhead, in whose image he was both created and made (Genesis 1:26,27). In 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12, Paul is probably confronting apparent rumors about the reasons he left town so quickly. 9:24-27; Heb. As we noted yesterday, more than likely Paul's opponents in Thessalonica tried to persuade the new Christians there that Paul was just like these charlatans—out for quick profit. Christians have faced threats and responded with prayer since the earliest days of the church, as we see in our reading today. This warning has the ring of final judgment. Faith will remind you of your hope, and hope will strengthen you in grief. Paul describes kissing as an appropriate form of Christian greeting in four of his letters (see Rom. At the same time, expecting godliness within a Christian community is entirely appropriate. If you wish, try this type of prayer today with the phrase, “Maranatha, Come Lord Jesus.” By the end of the day, we believe you'll be looking forward to Christ's return even more than you do now! The number picked turned out to be the winner of $4.6 million! He worked and commanded man to work. The church at Thessalonica needed hope. As we noted yesterday, this was one area in which the Thessalonian church had already received instruction, meaning there was no reason for them to be caught off guard. Many new converts are isolated or beaten to “bring them back to their senses.” Yet remarkably, Christianity is growing here. People can endure a lot of suffering and setbacks when they know there is a purpose for it. What a great testimony about Paul's deep burden for the churches that he had planted! He and his party were in a remote area of the Indian bush, miles from any sign of ""civilization."" He discerned the spiritual forces at work in the present while keeping his eye on the final outcome when Jesus returns in glory. - 1 Thessalonians 2:19. Finally Paul prays that the Thessalonians would be strengthened to be holy and blameless in God's presence. Peterson observes, “The spiritual life begins—seriously begins—when we get a job and go to work.”. Specifically, the sudden/imminent expectation of Christ’s return in 1 Thessalonians 4:13–5:11 is said to be inconsistent with the requirement in 2 Thessalonians 2:1–12 that specific signs must first take place. It’s people. He took a strong personal interest in their spiritual well being and growth in the Lord. (34) ὁ καλῶν ὑμᾶς) He, who has called you, so that He will not even now change His [purpose of grace in] calling you. This suffering church was also a model of proclaiming the gospel. The humblest believer in ancient Thessalonica knew far more about eschatology--the doctrine of ""last things""--than H. G. Wells and those like him ""know"" about the future of humanity. - 2 Peter 2:3, Thanks to the second-century satirist Lucian we have a good picture of some of the traveling teachers who exploited unwary listeners during Paul's day. They may have noted that Paul had to flee Philippi just as he had left Thessolonica. In most cases these forced terminations are the result of personality conflicts or differences over ministry vision. Breathing brief, repetitive prayers throughout the day is a form of prayer which has a rich history in Christian tradition, but is little-known or practiced in some circles today. Some of the people in his audience died in the Fire, and that night may have been their last chance. Jesus Himself wept over Jerusalem, ""you who kill the prophets"" (Matt. Whatever your request, pray and ask fellow believers to pray with you. Verse 1 indicates that Paul had taught about this before. The annals of achievement are filled with the names of people such as Booker T. Washington, men and women who never shied away from hard work. How would it change the way you approach your job to see it as an exercise in devotion to God? Consequently, Paul had to flee again, this time to Athens, over 200 miles to the south. But when our joy is in Christ, it's untouchable. First, Paul underscored that the basis of their relationship was family, not patrons or clients. - 1 Timothy 2:1-2. This message is never popular, neither today nor in Paul's day. Thankfully, however, the gospel does give us the dimension of faith so that we do not “grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope” (v. 13). What freedom this gives us! This vast community is made up of people from every tribe, tongue, and nation. 13:6, 9; Ezek. This was neither a choice on Paul’s part nor egotism of the apostle, but a conviction from God that this was what would happen. People who are insincere or dishonest don't persevere when their schemes start to backfire. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18) - Your Daily Bible Verse - November 23 from today's daily devotional. The Thessalonians also came out of a culture that endorsed immorality. Our final reading this month is a short one with three clear points which we would do well to meditate on and allow to guide our inner lives: Always rejoice. Christians aren't expected to be perfect, and both confession and repentance are important parts of the Christian life. - Colossians 3:12. I feel that I shall never be like that. We have been hitting some very timely and sobering texts on Sundays this month, and today's text follows that pattern. 1:4). Our provision of work is also the means He uses to provide for the needs of others. God fills our hearts with steadfast hope God's dependability is one matter; our faith in His dependability is another. 16:16; 1 Cor. In today’s passage, he commends the people of the church in Thessalonica for exhibiting these very traits. 15:54-56), nothing should be able to shake your hope and peace of mind today. Paul's concern was for the gospel. Early Christians in Thessalonica had been building bridges to their idol-worshiping culture, so Paul said of them, “For from you the word of the Lord has sounded forth, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place” (1 Thess. Instead, taking into account each person's individual situation, we can admonish by warning, encouraging, and helping. TODAY ALONG THE WAY In addition to not putting out the Holy Spirit's fire, we are told not to grieve the Spirit by our words (Eph. 1 Cor. In many ways, Asbury’s strategy for planting churches reflects the approach of the apostle Paul. All believers need strengthening and encouragement. Bonnie Williams, Carl’s niece, suggested to me a few days ago that 1 Thessalonians 5:16–18 is a suitable description of her uncle’s life. 1:7, 14). Paul assured them that there was no need for concern. Someone else had always taken care of such matters. It has been said that you can measure the quality of one’s spiritual life by looking at his or her checkbook. When was the last time you let them know how God has used them in your life? And if your life is typical, there are plenty of places where faithful servants are needed. It also offers encouragement in a more general way that persecutors of the gospel aren't outside the scope of God's sovereign purposes. Their example of faith, hope, and love is a pattern for others to follow. Our work matters to God because the workplace is the context in which we live much of our lives. Devotional on 1 Thessalonians. What did they want? As I … In Thessalonica, they accused Paul and his team of defying the government (Acts 17:6–7). 14:3; 1 Th. When Paul visited Thessalonica around 49-50 A.D. on his second missionary journey, the city was a center of travel, commerce and communication. - 2 Corinthians 8:3, In the past several months, South Africa has been rocked by a series of riots, directed mainly at the large number of foreigners from Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique, and Zambia, who seek jobs in South Africa. To be intoxicated with the world's wine is to be numbed to feeling any fear in the presence of a coming judgment.” Like the wise virgins, we're to live ready for Christ to return at any time. Although the church intended restoration and healing, the woman who was confronted still decided to divorce her husband and marry the other man. - Matthew 23:32. We may spend as much or more of our waking hours at work than we do at home. Some estimates conclude that one out of four pastors has been forcibly terminated by their church at some point during their career. In his book The Next America, Paul Taylor reports some disturbing trends. The expectation of Christ’s return and the certainty of coming judgment should not drive us into isolation or self-centered living. 1 Thessalonians 5:2 1 Thessalonians 4:1-5:11, You know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. Let's discuss the command for us to ""give thanks in all circumstances"" (1Th 5:. Since the Thessalonians were as human as anyone, Paul was concerned lest their sufferings cause them to pull back from their devotion to Christ. The beauty of this crown is its dependence upon the Lord. Just as John admonished believers to “test the spirits” (1 John 4:1-6), so also Paul urged caution in this regard. The idea is this: If Paul were only preaching the gospel to attract a following or to line his pockets, why would he endure such suffering? Chicago and Moody were caught off guard by the fire. Most books about preaching focus on technique; the same is true of many evangelistic methods, which focus on outlines and methods. Today, prayerfully consider your priorities. Rejoicing is linked with two other intentional acts in these verses. In his book The Divine Voice, author Stephen Webb observes that Christianity has an “oral” quality. When the apostle Paul wrote to the Thessalonian Christians, he was not writing to counter reality TV! First, it can be a great comfort to you. Planting new churches in remote areas was central to his approach. The opening verse of 1 Thessalonians contains valuable insights. But the Greek word is probably better translated as “undisciplined” or “disruptive.” By not working, these individuals were apparently entangled in matters they shouldn't have been. May your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Yet Romans 9:1-11:33 teaches that Israel's rejection of God's plan leads to the gospel coming to the Gentiles and that God's promises for Israel have not been voided in the process. First Timothy 5 is one of those passages. It would have been easy to be content with the Thessalonians' current state, but Paul wanted them to press on even further. It's easy to love those within your own circle, but love extended to outsiders is powerful. For the rest of his life, Moody regretted not having given an invitation to receive Christ that very night. In 2006, one of the largest consumers of high-end luxury goods was China, where “really” living has meant a 50 percent increase in annual sales for LVMH Mo Hennessy—Louis Vuitton, the world's largest producer of luxury goods. Asbury is remembered for introducing the Methodist “circuit-riding preacher” as an effective way to capture the American frontier for Christ. So Louisa, the author of Little Women, wrote several Gothic novels under a pen name to help with the family finances. The attachment Paul felt for this church, as well as his distress over being “separated” from them, is evident in the language he uses in verse 17 through 20. Sexual immorality, whether fornication or adultery, involves sex outside of marriage. - Matthew 25:13. This explains the great care that Paul took in pursuing the Corinthians' contribution to the collection. They had seen all that they needed to know that Paul, not the super-apostles, was the real thing. Listening to Scripture can provide insights that we might miss when we are reading for ourselves. Those who are united with Christ by faith belong to Christ. Work also has practical value. APPLY THE WORD - Would you like to know more about the ministry of the Holy Spirit in the present age? The bridge they were building had two components: the “word of the Lord” and the example of their faith. This is a call to corporate worship rather than a command to feel a certain way. In addition to indicating his love for the Thessalonian church, this also shows the depth of his commitment to preach the gospel. In addition to rejecting God's Messiah, Jews who opposed the gospel made matters worse by seeking to prevent evangelism among Gentiles. 1 Thessalonians 5:21-22 understanding evil prophecy. As Bible scholar R. C. H. Lenski writes, “The worst feature of unbelief is not its own damnation, but its effort to frustrate the salvation of others.” This is the idea behind heaping up their sins and God's wrath coming upon these Jews (1Th 2:16). “I am not afraid, but the sensation is like being afraid.”. The wounds on Paul's back from his beating in Philippi (Acts 16:23-24) may still have been hurting when he arrived in Thessalonica. Thessalonica was a commercial city located on a major Roman road. Instead, it's about the right concern for one another that shows to outsiders the loving trust and care that's possible within the body of Christ. Paul taught the Thessalonians the truth of Christ's resurrection, an essential part of the gospel (1 Cor. Stopping at a roadside stand, one member of Dr. 4:12). What makes these commands difficult? One of the key forerunners of the Reformation was Bohemian John Hus. The lake is 124 miles long and averages 400 feet in depth. Parents generally saw themselves as protectors who helped their children succeed in life. and named it after his wife (one of Alexander's half-sisters). While on a special inspection mission for the government during World War II, former flying ace Eddie Rickenbacker and his crew were forced to ditch their plane in the Pacific Ocean. This passage is sobering, but Paul offers several encouragements. This isn't boasting, but rather the deep joy of a life spent serving the Lord, the true impact of which is only visible when He returns in glory. It's the gospel's power working through the Holy Spirit that convicts individuals and changes lives. As this rugged adventurer moves between the growing clutter of the city and the wide-open spaces of the plains, he becomes a bridge between two drastically different worlds. No buts, no conditions, no exceptions. You can't always be sure what people mean when they use the term. Many churches post greeters at the door to welcome visitors. Today we have the gift of the completed canon of Scripture, which is the primary way that the Holy Spirit speaks to us. - 1 Thessalonians 5:2. Those who regularly offer thanks for their food, no matter where they are, reveal a habit of the heart that Paul commands in these familiar verses. Whether we are alive (“awake”) or dead (“asleep”) our destiny is to live with Christ. APPLY THE WORD - People have wondered about the timing of these events for generations. They didn't understand the doctrines surrounding Christ's return, and were grieving for deceased loved ones whom they thought were gone forever. When it comes to ordinary human love, like the love that exists between a child and a parent, we seem to have a natural capacity to form strong bonds. Sleep portrays a lack of readiness or vigilance for His return. We're not talking about trying to keep or earn our salvation; the issue is how we should live as those who already belong to Christ. But that does not dim the bright light of testimony those believers had for the Lord. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man” (Matt. In 1771, when Asbury arrived in the colonies, there were only about 600 Methodists in America. The culture of the first century was often hostile to Christian values and virtues. / Sitemap, User Experience Design by Five Q But praise God for people like Paul who have been entrusted with the gospel and dare to proclaim it fully. This will come like a thief who breaks in while the homeowner is asleep. Notice that Paul does not scold the church for its mistaken fear that departed friends and family members were gone forever. Few things are more annoying than guests who overstay their visit--especially when other guests are waiting for their rooms. Such radical conversions would be quite noteworthy in the areas where Paul evangelized. Wells grew despairing about the fate of the human race. He began by appealing to faithful Titus, who had just returned from Corinth with the “tearful” letter. 8:9; 1 John 2:20, 27). Jesus will come in the flesh to claim His own. The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it. Why? Timothy’s mission in Thessalonica was threefold. They're just like us—if we are in Christ, being both loved by God and chosen by God (1Th 1:4). This does not suggest that Christians should abandone their dreams, sit around and wait for Jesus to return. How would you feel if next Sunday the greeter welcomed you with a kiss instead of a handshake? When was the last time you admonished someone or invited someone to admonish you? The Thessalonians were living out their Christian faith well. This means that ministry is stewardship more than it is an exercise of political power. He devoted himself to Scripture and taught that Christ, not the Pope, is Head of the Church. God responded with a jaw-dropping miracle. Apparently, the Thessalonians needed some reminders about the first area, but they were doing well in the second. With today's reading we begin another major section of Paul's letter, one which will carry us nearly to the end of the book. Paul prayed that he would see the Thessalonians again and be able to continue the work God had begun through him. Idlers need to be warned (1Th 5:14). How could they have known they would wait so long? Given Paul's critics there and the charge that he had come only for personal glory and gain, this was also welcome news. Since he was not able to visit them, he sent Timothy, even though for Paul this decision meant being alone. Satan may be able to hinder our plans, but he cannot stop God from accomplishing His purposes. Paul cared for the Thessalonians the way a father cares for his children. 1Thessalonians 5:12-13 THE CHURCH AND ITS LEADERS. Today’s devotional meditation is taken from 1 Thessalonians 5:18, which says, “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (ESV). In other words, prayer is over, so let's move on to the next thing. I am coming soon. Although asked by Paul, it's clear that he acted of his own initiative and desire. Hearing must be combined with faith before it can have its full effect. And in special times of need or concern, you may literally find yourself praying continually in the sense that your prayer burden is never more than a heartbeat from your conscious thoughts. Likewise, the Thessalonian believers were not alone in either their hearing or in their suffering for that message. Mankind had failed because evolution had failed to produce in us the right kind of brain. Verse 17 begins a different line of thought which carries through to the end of chapter 3. Even a book exposing the ""making and breaking"" of young gymnasts and figure skaters was in huge demand in bookstores last summer. Pray for their endurance, spiritual health, family, and relationships. I read this, especially in context, and agreed. It's all that we can handle just to cultivate the prayer habit that God wants of us. The Greek word used for crown here depicts the crowns given in athletic competitions, such as laurel wreaths. So when the Nazis took my parents and other adults away and told them they were going out to the fields to help in the harvest, we did not know different--until they did not come back."". The Lord Himself will return for His church--and not one minute too late. Is ours from heaven above; 1 Thessalonians 5:24. Jesus’ return will be preceded by a period of divine judgment that will take the world by surprise. / It was there by faith I received my sight, / And now I am happy all the day.” This refrain was added to Isaac Watts’s hymn “Alas! Consider adopting this wonderful prayer for yourself and other believers in your life, such as members of a Bible study group or choir. We need to encourage and exhort one another with these truths and live as children of light (1Th 5:5). The Apostles' Creed was likely used to instruct new believers in the essentials of the faith. What impacted him most was the spiritual condition of those he loved. The gospel’s power is also demonstrated in its capacity to transform those who believe its message. When we develop a lifestyle of prayer, we tap into the inexhaustible riches of the God who sovereignly rules the universe and loves us personally. Because “this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (v. 18). It is the result of faith. But their peace had been shaken by concern over their departed loved ones. Paul describes an ethical landscape in which the moral practice of believers is distinct from that of the surrounding culture. This was a work of the Holy Spirit (vv. We still struggle, however, to live up to the high calling we have in Christ. Possibly Paul was referring back to what had happened in Philippi, Thessalonica, or Berea. Holiness is every believer's calling, to be lived out quietly, with love for others and in the power of the Spirit. Recall, however, that Paul, a Jew, never opposed the Jews as an entire group simply because they were Jewish, but only those Jews who rejected Jesus as the promised Messiah. But for believers, the truth of Christ's return is a source of wonderful hope. Although his ministry was itinerant instead of settled, Paul loved the people under his charge intensely. This reminder is especially timely for Christians today who are being pressured to redefine sexual standards so that practices that the Bible describes as sinful are considered morally acceptable. When we give thanks, we surrender to God’s disposition of our circumstances. Paul also urged his church in Thessalonica to “pray continually” and “give thanks in all circumstances.” Both are acts of faith, but each has a slightly different focus. Thessalonica had a large Jewish population and at least one synagogue. These core confessions are behind Paul's language of “instruction” in today's passage. 1:15; Zeph. 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