Living in the Light

In his letter to the church in Thessalonica, Paul contrasts the darkness and spiritual unawareness of the world with the light and clarity and protection brought to the believer by Jesus Christ.

“But let us who live in the light be clearheaded, protected by the armor of faith and love, and wearing as our helmet the confidence of our salvation.” 1 Thessalonians 5:8 NLT.

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Always Ready

Our hope as Christians, Paul writes to the church in Thessalonica, is in the return of Jesus Christ, and the resurrection of the dead. We will see Jesus, and we will see those who have died as believers in Christ.

The return of Christ will be a glorious day for those who await it in hopeful expectation, but a day of terror for those who are not prepared.

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Our Hope– Resurrection

“And now, dear brothers and sisters, we want you to know what will happen to the believers who have died, so you will not grieve like people who have no hope.”

With these words, Paul opens his declaration about the coming of Christ and the resurrection of believers; it is this great hope, of resurrection, of eternity with Jesus and with our fellow believers, that gives us strength in times of loss and sorrow.

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The Quiet Christian

In his letter to the church in Thessalonica, Paul gives instructions for Christian living, in our personal lives, in our interactions with other believers, and also in our relations to the communities in which we live.

“Make it your goal to live a quiet life,” he writes, “minding your own business and working with your hands, just as we instructed you before. Then people who are not believers will respect the way you live, and you will not need to depend on others.”  1 Thessalonians 4:11,12 NLT

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Taught By God to Love

“But we don’t need to write to you about the importance of loving each other,” Paul says in his letter to the church in Thessalonica. “For God Himself has taught you to love one another. Indeed you already show your love for all the believers throughout Macedonia. Even so, dear brothers and sisters, we urge you to love them even more.” 1 Thessalonians 4:9,10 NLT

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Overflowing Love

“May the Lord make your love for one another and for all people grow and overflow, just as our love for you overflows. May He, as a result, make your hearts strong, blameless, and holy as you stand before God our Father when our Lord Jesus comes again with all His holy people.” 1 Thessalonians 3:12,13 NLT

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Living As a Witness

As he continues his letter to the church in Thessalonica, Paul tells them that the Gospel is spreading through their living witness.

“And now the Word of the Lord is ringing out from you to people everywhere…. for wherever we go, we find people telling us about your faith in God….They keep talking about the wonderful welcome you gave us, and how you turned from idols to serve the Living and True God. And they speak of how you are looking forward to the coming of God’s Son from Heaven– Jesus, Whom God raised from the dead. He is the One Who has rescued us from the terrors of the coming judgment.”                        1 Thessalonians 1:8-10 NLT

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