1 Thessalonians 5: Stay Awake and Believe

LISTEN | READ

(28 verses, 2:28 to read)

What I am about to READ:

Paul comforts the saints in Thessalonica concerning Judgement Day and delivers some final words of encouragement.

MARK & LEARN

1-2: Judgment day will come like a thief in the night. But it shouldn’t cause panic in believers. Here Paul is actually quoting Jesus. We can’t know the day or the hour, yet as believers in Christ we’re ready. Above all, we trust in our Savior.

3: Judgment day be like labor pains for the unbeliever. You can’t stop labor once it starts; “they will not escape.”

4-5: In this section the darkness is the attitude that says, “Peace and security.” It’s complacency and unbelief. Unbelievers don’t really think that Christ will come back. They expect to go on their way without interference. The light is knowing God’s promises and trusting in them. That light makes us alert and watchful, because we’re expecting Christ to come.

6-10: Faith, love, and hope protect us from sleeping and getting drunk spiritually. We sleep spiritually when we don’t care about the coming judgment. We get drunk spiritually when we try to drown out our fear of God’s judgment with the things of this world. Faith is trusting in God’s promises. Love is faith in action. Hope is the promise of eternal life. These things destroy complacency and quiet our fears because they surround us with the Gospel. The Gospel keeps us awake, sober, and alert.

12-28: Believers are always waiting for the Lord. But it doesn’t always seem that way. Because we’re sinners, we lose our focus all too easily. But Christ works through the Gospel. He keeps our faith alive, even when it’s weak. This faith is living and active; it’s not idle. Faith does good works. It seeks peace among believers. Faith is patient, and it encourages and helps our neighbor. It rejoices in the Spirit. And  it constantly strives to hold fast to the true confession of God’s Word – faith longs for pure doctrine.

MEDITATE

Believers are always waiting for the Lord. But it doesn’t always seem that way. Because we’re sinners, we lose our focus all too easily. But Christ works through the Gospel. He keeps our faith alive, even when it’s weak. This faith is a living and active. It trusts that Christ died for all people. This includes those who are awake and believing and those who have already fallen asleep in the faith. He lived in their place, died their death, and rose to open the doors of eternal life to all of them. If we are alive when Jesus returns, we will enjoy eternity with our loved ones who have arrived there before us.

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Sub Cruce,

Pastor Kevin Zellers, Jr.

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