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This entry is part 7 of 5 in the series Thessalonians One

Romans 1:7-11 To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.

First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world. For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers.

Making request, if by any means now at length I might have a prosperous journey by the will of God to come unto you. For I long to see you, that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift, to the end ye may be established.

Hello everyone, my name is Kevin President and founder of Spectacle for Christ and welcome back to another episode on the book of Thessalonians. Today I would like to address Paul’s encouragement and advice to Church to live holy lives.

And what we need to understand as we review chapter four of 1 Thessalonians is Paul’s desire to strengthen the Church in their walk with God as he address the concern of the Church regarding those who had died during the persecution because Paul’s heart felt desire was to present the Church to God spotless.

Now, after confirming and commending the church for their faith and show of endurance, Paul moved to encourage the Church to live holy lives before God. It was important for the Church to live lives in agreement with the gospel and to walk blames before all.

Jesus had made mentioned of this important way of life when he told the people, “not everyone calling me Lord will enter the kingdom of heaven.” Instead, only those living the kind of life worthy enough to enter the kingdom will be granted the right to enter.

Matthew 7:21-23 “Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father which is in heaven.

Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

Therefore, as the Church go about preaching and demonstrating their love toward one another, they must avoid living a life of fornication, and they are to avoid defrauding one another.

The nature of the world which is passing away is to defraud one another and to commit fornication and adultery. But the Church was warned, God will avenge such things, therefore, we are to work honestly with our hands that we lack nothing and are able to lend support to one another.

1 Thessalonians 4:1-8 “Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more. For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus.

For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honor; Not in the lust of strong sexual desires, even as the Gentiles which know not God:

That no man goes beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified. For God has not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness. He therefore that despised, despised not man, but God, who has also given unto us his holy Spirit.”

If we are going to truly please God, we must walk as holy objects that are set apart unto the work of the Lord, and the support of the saints of God. For we are called unto holiness a set a part people for the kingdom of God.

Why suffer such persecution to only find at the end of the race we are disqualified from entering the kingdom of God. Paul writing to the Church wanted to ensure the church was well grounded in their faith and walk with Jesus Christ as they go about proclaiming the kingdom of God to come.

Paul was thankful and was moved to share these things with the Church for it was good, and pleasing to Paul to have learned that the church was standing firm in their faith despite the persecution they were facing. In the face of hardship the church had learned how to love, they had learned how to lay down their lives for one another.  Jesus had told his disciples.

John 15:12-14 “This is my commandment, that ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.”

“Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” and on account of the persecution the saints were laying down their lives for each other and Paul was grateful and happy to have investigate these reports coming back to him which were confirmed by Timothy.

1 Thessalonians 4:9-12 “But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another. And indeed, ye do it toward all the brethren which are in all Macedonia: but we beseech you, brethren, that ye increase more and more; and that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you; that ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing.”

But when it came to the dead in Christ, and the coming kingdom, the church wanted to know what will happen to those who had passed on before the return of Jesus Christ.

This was of great concern to the Church, and there was a need for Paul to address these concerns. The question on the minds of the saints was whether they will ever see their loved one again.

To address this concerning Paul explained we will indeed see our loved ones upon the return of Jesus Christ. Because if Christ should appear those who had died will be resurrected and those of us who are alive and remain meaning to have survived the persecution and are still standing will be changed and will be gathered with the returning saints with our Lord.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-14 “But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.”

In the same manner in which Jesus was raised from the dead, those who had died will be resurrected, and God will bring them with him upon his return. Now this is at the return of Jesus Christ.

We are not to sorrow as the world sorrows because we have the hope of the resurrection. 1 Thessalonians 4:15 “For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.”

We shall not enter the kingdom of God before the dead in Christ, and neither will the dead enter the kingdom of God before the living, instead we shall enter the kingdom of God at once.

1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so, shall we forever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.”

We are to live blameless lives because the hope we have is in the resurrection of Jesus Christ and we will one day be with the Lord and those who had passed on before us in Christ. Therefore, endure and stand firm in the face of persecution.

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